Business tech bargain: cut hassle with rechargeable batteries

By: John McGarvey

Date: 15 May 2013

Tech bargain: battery charger{{}}This isn't strictly a one-off business tech bargain. It's more a pointer to how spending just a small amount now on batteries can save you hassle, waste and - perhaps - money in the future.

Everyone knows about rechargeable batteries, of course. But it's still surprising how many of us don't use them.

Rechargeable batteries work

Look around your office and there are probably plenty of gadgets that could benefit from this business tech bargain. Wireless keyboards and mice, TV, projector and air-con remote controls, speakers, wireless microphones, radios, cameras ... they all have batteries in them.

If your office is overrun with items that frequently require new batteries, switching to rechargeables is a no-brainer. It's easy to keep a few spare sets charged and swap when you need to, and you'll never have to dash out to the corner shop just to carry on working.

Buying rechargeables

There are lots of places to buy rechargeable batteries from online. For instance:

If you're just getting started, you'll need a battery charger too. Probably best to go for something that can recharge most battery types, and stand up to regular use:

Will you really save money?

If you're switching your business to rechargeable batteries, do remember that there's some debate about quite how much money they'll save you.

As a general rule, if your devices need batteries replacing frequently, rechargeables will save you money. If they don't, then the cost benefits are less clear.

But it's not just about money. Rechargeables are more convenient, produce less waste, and are there when you need them. As long as you remember to keep them charged.

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