Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Energizer Rechargeable Batteries and Charging Systems - Review and Giveaway


One thing I'm going to need this week is a lot of energy. We'll be busy, busy, busy! My grandfather turns 90 (amazing energy!), my nephew turns 1 (another big milestone!) and we're driving to Chicago for BlogHer and also plan to visit Museum of Science and Industry and The Field Museum. And my digital camera will accompany me to all those events. Thanks to Energizer and that pink bunny, at least my camera won't lack in energy even though I may be dragging!

Around here it seems just about every little gadget and toy needs batteries! Energizer knows all about energy and energy needs. Their line of rechargeable batteries and charging systems caters to on the go families. I just briefly walked around our den and counted no less than 10 battery powered toys on the floor. That is the tip of the iceberg. We go through quite a few batteries, needless to say. Here are the top battery hogs in our home: our flashlights, the digital camera, my daughter's LeapFrog Tag reader, my son's Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium, the kid's electronic music keyboard and the Brio battery-powered train engine. They all require different battery sizes.

Energizer recently sent me a variety of chargers and batteries to review. The first one we tried out is the Family Charger. Geez, I should of had one of these chargers a long time ago. It charges all sizes in multiple combinations, up to 8 AAA, 8 AA, 2 9V, 4 C and 4 D. The charge status indicator lets you know when charging is completed. We use AA batteries the most, so the ability to charge 8 at a time is certainly useful. While we've only had the charger and batteries a month and can't verify all the claims as far as durability and how long the batteries keep charge in storage (manufacturer claims up to 6 months), what we can attest to is that the rechargeable batteries work as good if not better than the ordinary alkaline AA batteries. Plus, the charger is good for the environment. I'm so happy I don't have to dispose of as many batteries as before.

The Energizer Family Charger suggested retail price is $29.99 (batteries not included). The charger is best suited for Energzier NiMH batteries. Charge time varies depending on the battery size and how many batteries need charging. It takes about three hours to charge 4 AA batteries and six hours to charge 8 AA batteries. (Refer to Energizer website for complete instructions and product details.) I know that fast chargers are all the rage, but here's one interesting tidbit I learned by visiting the website FAQ page: "fast chargers can limit the NiMH battery lifetime to 150 charges while slower chargers can prolong the cycle life to more than 500 charges."

Did you know you can recycle your rechargeable batteries free of charge? Visit http://www.call2recycle.org/ for full details and to find a recycling center near you.

Buying a charger? - Don't forget to send in the Energizer® Rechargeable® Charger $5.00 mail-in Rebate. Offer ends 8/15/2009.

Win a charger! Do you go through a ton of AA/AAA batteries like us? Energizer provided me with an Easy Charger with auto shut-off (smaller than the Family Charger, but includes AA batteries) to giveaway to one Brimful Curiosities reader!

To enter, leave a comment letting me know what device or gadget you'd like to power with rechargeable batteries.
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(Chargers provided free of charge for review by Energizer. View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

85 comments:

celi.a said...

I love battery chargers. I had one that went with my first ever digital camera, but when the camera became obsolete I got rid of it. I'd love to win this Energizer one, though, to help power my extra-and-for-special-occasions-alarm-clock. I only set it when there will be dire, horrible consequences if I don't wake up on time (less than half of the time, I swear!). And it's good to have a battery-powered back-up in case of power outages.

Thanks!

celialarsen(at)gmail(dot)com

Beth said...

This would be lovely for my digital camera!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

LoveMy2Dogs said...

I used to have a lot of rechargable batteries but over time I am down to just 8 AA batteries.

I would love to have this to power up my CD player that I listen to Audio books on everynight when I go to bed. Or my digital camera.

LoveMy2Dogs said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted.

http://twitter.com/lovemy2doggies/status/2764022556

Kathy said...

I just got a new digital camera for my birthday and it takes double a batteries! I need a recharger badly!

Kathy said...

Following you on twitter and Tweeted here
https://twitter.com/kdet62/status/2765350723

cdziuba said...

My flashlights, all 5 of them, one for each bedroom, the living room, and family room.

cdziuba said...

I follow on Twitter (cdziuba) and tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/2767988611

cdziuba said...

Blogged http://ceeceeblogger.blogspot.com/2009/07/energizer-battery-easy-charger-with.html

Kristy said...

My tv remotes! It always seems theres one remote thats on low battery and it drives me nuts!

jellibeenz1978@hotmail.com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm always using batteries, but I guess the TV remote is the one that is used the most b/c everyone in the house uses it...then it would be a c.d. player most likely. I'm sure there are a ton more but I'm blanking on everything. LOL

thanks for the review/contest.

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

scottsgal said...

definitely the digital camera or video camera
msboatgal at aol.com

Sylvia said...

I need to power my camera and the tv remote plus various toys
sylviawhit@gmail.com

bridget3420 said...

Blogged about giveaway

http://freebies4meandu.blogspot.com/2009/07/721-giveaway-list-3.html

Jennifer said...

I've been needing a charger! I had one and I left if in the hospital when my sister had my nephew!(almost 2 yrs ago!) I would love to have it to charge the batteries for my camera!

jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com

Tj and Amy said...

would love to power my flip video camera with these batteries. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Tj and Amy said...

tweeted. amsbolda@hotmail.com

http://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/2770681884

Rebecca N. said...

I would use it to power up batteries for all of my little boys toys (and there are a lot of them). Thanks for the great giveaway!

Sara and Alex said...

My daughter has a winnie the pooh nightlight that displays pictures on the ceiling. If that thing runs out of batteries we are ALL in big TROUBLE!
saradavis1 at gmail

Sara and Alex said...

follow on twitter and tweet http://twitter.com/SaraMama/status/2771656954

judybrittle said...

I could really use this for my Brother Label Maker. It uses 6 batteries at a time and this would sure help on the expenses. Thank you so much!

judybrittle said...

I follow on Twitter and tweeted
http://twitter.com/kewpiedoll04/status/2771748409

TheEclecticElement said...

I would definitely power a little bedside light(when I buy one) so I don't have to keep getting up when I'm done with the light across the room.

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TheEclecticElement said...

I follow and subscribe via email :D

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TheEclecticElement said...

I follow on twitter and I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/TheEclecticE/status/2772126761

TheEclecticElement AT yahoo DOT com

Nad said...

All of my battery-operated kids' toys!

treflea4 at gmail dot com

Stephanie said...

I'd use this to recharge batteries for two things- a little remote control fire truck that belongs to my son- great fun, but boy does it eat batteries! And my pocket digital video camera, also a big battery hog.

Stephanie said...

Following on Twitter as stlyhu and tweeted the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/stlyhu/status/2777686177

The Bowers said...

I will probably be powering either video game controllers or baby toys, miraklekid@aol.com

The Bowers said...

I follow you on twitter & Tweeted http://twitter.com/miraklekid
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etirv said...

I still use my walkman and the rechargeable batteries will be used for that!

delilah0180(at)yahoo)dot)com

Carolyn G said...

I would love this for our remote controls. THey are forever and a day dying

throuthehaze said...

I would love this for my cordless mouse and keyboard
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

TheAngelForever said...

This would be fabulous to use with my handy dandy little point and shoot digital camera. Thanks for the opportunity.

the_angel_forever at yahoo dot com

TheAngelForever said...

Follow you on Twitter and Tweet Tweet:

http://twitter.com/TheAngelForever/status/2800947856

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Annie said...

Great for the environment and for taking pictures without worrying about missing a shot bc I forgot to get new batteries. Thanks for the chance!

kayee123 [at] verizon [dot] net

wigget said...

i'd love this for our new leapster 2 and our remote controls

ElliotL48 said...

I would use these for my digital camera.

ElliotL48 at gmail dot com

Terra H. said...

These would be great to charge the batteries on my digital camera, as well as my daughter's digital camera. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

I sure could really use this for my digital camera.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Wanda said...

definitely my digital camera!!
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

PacoDG said...

I would love to use a battery charger for my Nintendo Wii remote and my regular tv remote (plus might as start using them on my digital camera)

ocap1 at hotmail dot com

Cool giveaway!