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Popular deal at $12. These will very likely be made in china.


AAA rechargeable battery (12-pack, 800 mAh); ideal for digital cameras, remote controls, toys, and more
Long battery life; extremely gradual self-discharge; maintains 80% capacity for 24 months
Comes pre-charged and ready to use; can be recharged 1000 times with minimal power loss



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I have 8 year old Eneloops and Duracel, The Eneloops and the Japan Duracel are still in use (all hold good charge), the Chinese made Duracel have all failed...

the only rechargeable that have failed for me have been the china made rechargeable.

Last week I picked up a Wii remote that was dead, one battery was from china and dead, the other was Japan and read at 1.4v. the wii remote was not used, it just sat for months and that was the last china battery in my collection.

spend the money on japan batteries, it is worth it if you use them more than 3-5 years.
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Just note for those who have dead rechargeable nimh batteries. You can recover them if you use a variable power supply and set the voltage to 1.2V. Let the power supply reenergize the battery and then stick it on a regular nimh charger. I have some that for my chinese made batteries and it recovers them. However note this is a temporary solution because the battery will do it again if you leave it out too long. I have used this trick and have not thrown out any of my chinese made batteries.

The other method yiu can use is to use a fully ccharged nimh and short thr positive to the positive and the negative to negative for a few seconds and then put it on the charger. I just have a power supply and it is a lot easier.
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I get your point, but there are tons of reviews on Eneloops where they fail.

I have China made Duracell's that are working fine after 5 years. In looking at reviews in aggregate it's not clear there is that large of a difference in reliability and it's definitely not as large as the price difference. A single data point doesn't change that.

12 Eneloops costs $32 right now which means you'd need a 300% difference in failure rate to make the Eneloops cheaper.
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Thanks, OP - in for one. These are the Wirecutter's pick for best rechargeable AAA batteries and I needed some more.
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I just had an order arrive. They were white with the green bands (white tops) and made in China.

After looking at a lot of reviews, it's not clear to me the failure rate is any worse than the rebranded eneloops and they are a lot cheaper.
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Thanks, OP - in for one. These are the Wirecutter's pick for best rechargeable AAA batteries and I needed some more.
Fyi, those were probably the ones made in Taiwan (or Japan maybe?) that are the highly rated ones, but manufacturer changed last year.
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Fyi, those were probably the ones made in Taiwan (or SoKo maybe?) that are the highly rated ones, but manufacturer changed last year.
Thanks for the info - I did not know. I'll guess I'll still give these a shot
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I just had an order arrive. They were white with the green bands (white tops) and made in China.

After looking at a lot of reviews, it's not clear to me the failure rate is any worse than the rebranded eneloops and they are a lot cheaper.

I have 8 year old Eneloops and Duracel, The Eneloops and the Japan Duracel are still in use (all hold good charge), the Chinese made Duracel have all failed...

the only rechargeable that have failed for me have been the china made rechargeable.

Last week I picked up a Wii remote that was dead, one battery was from china and dead, the other was Japan and read at 1.4v. the wii remote was not used, it just sat for months and that was the last china battery in my collection.

spend the money on japan batteries, it is worth it if you use them more than 3-5 years.
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I have 8 year old Eneloops and Duracel, The Eneloops and the Japan Duracel are still in use (all hold good charge), the Chinese made Duracel have all failed...

the only rechargeable that have failed for me have been the china made rechargeable.

Last week I picked up a Wii remote that was dead, one battery was from china and dead, the other was Japan and read at 1.4v. the wii remote was not used, it just sat for months and that was the last china battery in my collection.

spend the money on japan batteries, it is worth it if you use them more than 3-5 years.
This. Ikea ones are also made in Japan. I don't have one remotely close to me, but during a winter trip, we made a slight detour to pick some rechargeable AAAs.
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Just note for those who have dead rechargeable nimh batteries. You can recover them if you use a variable power supply and set the voltage to 1.2V. Let the power supply reenergize the battery and then stick it on a regular nimh charger. I have some that for my chinese made batteries and it recovers them. However note this is a temporary solution because the battery will do it again if you leave it out too long. I have used this trick and have not thrown out any of my chinese made batteries.

The other method yiu can use is to use a fully ccharged nimh and short thr positive to the positive and the negative to negative for a few seconds and then put it on the charger. I just have a power supply and it is a lot easier.
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I have 8 year old Eneloops and Duracel, The Eneloops and the Japan Duracel are still in use (all hold good charge), the Chinese made Duracel have all failed...

the only rechargeable that have failed for me have been the china made rechargeable.

Last week I picked up a Wii remote that was dead, one battery was from china and dead, the other was Japan and read at 1.4v. the wii remote was not used, it just sat for months and that was the last china battery in my collection.

spend the money on japan batteries, it is worth it if you use them more than 3-5 years.
I get your point, but there are tons of reviews on Eneloops where they fail.

I have China made Duracell's that are working fine after 5 years. In looking at reviews in aggregate it's not clear there is that large of a difference in reliability and it's definitely not as large as the price difference. A single data point doesn't change that.

12 Eneloops costs $32 right now which means you'd need a 300% difference in failure rate to make the Eneloops cheaper.
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Thanks OP!
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Any suggestions for good 2 in 1 charger to charge both AA and AAA ?
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Will these work in cordless phones?
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Any suggestions for good 2 in 1 charger to charge both AA and AAA ?

https://www.amazon.com/XTAR-VC4-L...B010J9GE5G

This thing is awesome, it's set and forget and can also handle Li Ion batteries. For USB charging, get a wall adapter with 2 or more Amps. It's really handy if you travel a lot, in a pinch you could charge regular cells with a power bank if needed, in the car, etc.
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I get your point, but there are tons of reviews on Eneloops where they fail.

I have China made Duracell's that are working fine after 5 years. In looking at reviews in aggregate it's not clear there is that large of a difference in reliability and it's definitely not as large as the price difference. A single data point doesn't change that.

12 Eneloops costs $32 right now which means you'd need a 300% difference in failure rate to make the Eneloops cheaper.
Not necessarily, if you have failures in important equipment/devices and end up having to buy batteries on the spot, that would take away from that 300%. I.e. I have a camera that takes 4 batteries so I carry two sets of 4, but 1 or 2 fails on a trip, i'm now having to drive out of my way, purchase batteries at higher cost likely, and possibly even cause financial loss if it's part of my job that I missed out on.

Tldr; failures can end up costing way more than the savings you had from buying a quality battery.
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