There is nothing good to say about disposable batteries. They are manufactured to be used one time, they run down and finally die and get thrown away to help fill up landfills. When you need fresh batteries for new toys or remote controls (like most things, they work much better with fresh new batteries) you have to go to the store to buy them. Nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries are a little more expensive that throwaways, but with a good recharger they are much more convenient. The LaCrosse is that good battery charger. It takes AA and AAA batteries, you can charge any number of batteries from 1 to 4 at a time and you can set the charging speed (if you’re in a hurry). It also lets you choose whether you want to charge or fully discharge, then recharge; and there is a setting to refresh old batteries by repeatedly charging and discharging until they reach whatever maximum strength they have left. If that doesn’t work, you can recycle that battery with a clear conscience. They thoughtfully include NIMH batteries and other useful accessories along with it.
Affordability: 7 Luxury: 8
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