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Thread: New rechargeable product on the cheap

  1. Default New rechargeable product on the cheap

    PowerOne now offers rechargeable batteries and a charger. They are NiMh so not lithium, but they are substantially cheaper than going with the current rechargeable system.

    The charger is about the size of a credit card and is under $100!
    http://www.powerone-batteries.com/en...pocketcharger/

    They offer almost all popular sizes in rechargeable Accu Plus as well:
    http://www.powerone-batteries.com/en...cts/accu-plus/

    They are still mercury free. No replacement battery door is required because their voltage is already correct at 1.2.

    I thought this may interest those of us who want an alternative that is less expensive up front.

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    Thanks for sharing the info, Britanny. I've looked into NiMh rechargeable battery option for the size 312 before and the problem is that they don't have the capacity to last you all day. For example, if you look at the spec for the 312 PowerOne NiMh rechargeable battery here, it's rated at 23 mAh. Compared this to the ZPower Silver Zinc 312 rechargeable capacity of 32 mAh, the PowerOne NiMh is only about 2/3 of the Zpower rating. And even with the ZPower rechargeable 312, it'll only last you 15-16 hours a day with 4 hours of TV streaming and 1 hour of iPhone streaming, which is pretty typical usage pattern in a day. So as you can see, 15-16 hours means it barely lasts you for the day, so I'm pretty sure the PowerOne NiMh 312 can only last me a bit more than half a day and that's it.
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    You can buy a bucket of batteries for that kind of investment and not have to remember to charge the charger.

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    Since the main advantage of the rechargeable option is not really the cost, but the real attraction of a rechargeable option for many people is not having to keep taking the batteries in and out every few days, especially for older folks with dexterity or vision issues. They can simply put the whole HA in a charging slot every night and it'd be ready in the morning to just pull out and put on. You can't do it with this NiMH option. You'd need to take it in/out a couple of times a day probably, and then there'd be a recharge time unless they have 2 sets of rechargeables, which they would need to carry around the extra set with them because the first set won't last through the whole day.
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    Then what you have is the worst of both worlds: batteries you still have to take out and replace and an expensive system to boot.
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    One other thing people like about rechargeable batteries is that they won't have them unexpectedly run out of juice in the middle of the day at an unfortunate time where they may need their HA working the most and either don't have new batteries with them to change, or not in a position to change them (like in the middle of an activity). This is assuming that the daily charged batteries will last them all day.

    If the NiMH batteries can't last all day, this important advantage that people expect is not there to begin with.
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