Rechargeable batteries are not only a great way to save money – but can be a valuable resource in a disaster.
Most of my battery-powered components use a standard AA battery. I am trying to keep it this way as the AA alkaline battery is relatively inexpensive and many can stored taking up little space.
Before I go any further – lets look at the different types of rechargeable batteries:
- NiCad – These are not available anymore. Low capacity – NiMH are better and have taken over the market.
- Nickel-metal hydride battery (NiMH) – The most common type of rechargeable battery and commonly found today. Varying energy capacities. Can be recharged many, many times.
- Lithium Ion – Powerful and long lasting. Also typically very expensive.
My small solar system can do a lot to help charge any batteries I have. So – in a long term power outage I can keep many electrical devices running – from radio’s to flashlights. Being able to charge batteries while driving around or running a vehicle is a bonus.
I am looking at getting some other smaller solar system specifically for charging batteries as back ups. Here is an example – HERE.
Due to the number of cables, cords, and charger – I have labeled all of them so that there is no confusion as to what goes to what. Definitely helps.
Can’t have enough batteries, huh?
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