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At this point I just buy and use Eneloops. Good quality rechargeable batteries. You can by them in kits with a charger to get stared. People say the Amazon Basics rechargeable batteries are rebadged Eneloops too.

Eneloops are nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) rather than alkaline. They have a slightly lower voltage (1.2v), but maintain this longer than alkaline retain their 1.5V. I've never encountered a device that wouldn't run on them, but it can happen.


There are cheap battery testers online for ~$5. Probably the best way to go, as they do a good test because they put the battery under a bit of load. Simple enough insides you can fix yourself if you need to.

You can also test with a multimeter (mine is a budget $30: Digitech QM1321):

  • As usual, have the black lead in 'COM'.
  • Put the red lead into the port with 'V'.
  • Set the dial to measure DC (⎓) voltage (V). Mine has AC and DC on the same position.
  • Touch the black probe to the negative part of the battery.
  • Touch the red probe to the positive part.
  • AA, AAA etc. cells will show 1.5V when full. 9V batteries will show 9V!


batteries.txt · Last modified: 2022/05/27 11:25 by rjt