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What are the benefits of rechargeable batteries?

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Rechargeable batteries are more cost-effective, are better for the environment, use fewer non-renewable resources and perform better than their disposable counterparts. Users also enjoy maximum convenience, as they always have usable batteries on hand.

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Although rechargeable batteries cost more than disposable batteries up front, they can generally be used 500 to 1,000 times. Many of these batteries also last longer in each charge, especially when used in high-drain electronics. Due to their reusable nature, rechargeable batteries use up to 23 times fewer non-renewable resources and contribute 28 times less to global warming than disposable batteries. They also have a much smaller impact on air pollution, water pollution and air acidification. Using rechargeable batteries keeps more improperly disposed batteries out of the landfills where they leak toxic substances into the soil and groundwater.

To reap the benefits of rechargeable batteries, users should store them in a single location for easy access and keep them away from high temperatures. They should also plug the battery charger into a surge protector and recharge the batteries regularly. Overcharging the batteries can cause damage. When the rechargeable batteries wear out, users should recycle them in a specially marked location rather than placing them in a household trash bin.

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