I've got a good collection of Ni-mH rechargeable batteries now
which go in anything that needs a AA or AAA device (with the except of
things the kids are likelyt to loose in 5 minutes)
My primary reason for using these is that I *think* they cause less
environmental damage than disposable - I hate the idea of thousands of
little chemical polutants leaking into the environment and rechargeable
seems to be the way to go.
It isn't of course that easy. Even suppose the batteries are better on
the environment, you need a battery charger - which has an additional
environmental overhead. OK that's a one-off, and they aren't too
expensive............ are they?
OK - here's my gripe. I'm now on my THIRD
charger. The first one (EverReady I think) lasted a good 3 years before dying. Since then I've had TWO
UniRoss chargers. The first was their standard recharger, then when
that went wrong I got an "Ultra-fast charger". Each has lasted just
over a year, which I think is appalling. The ultra fast one cost
something like £25, so it wasn't cheap, and I now notice UniRoss are
stepping up the cost. Their latest model comes in at £40. They get
quite a bit of use, butnot exceessive and lets face it they have a
couple of components in the things. They are not rocket science!
So...... am I just unlucky? Has anyone
any experience of chargers? Either UniRoss or others? Any one have good
tales to tell? What should I buy next? Thoughts on the combined
environmental impact of manufacturing a charger plus batteries versus
the old non-rechargeables?