Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rechargeable Batteries Save You Money!

I was speaking to a friend just a little while ago about flashlights. He was asking me what kind of a flashlight I carried, which you all know is the Quark Turbo QB2L (previously known as the Quark 123² Turbo).
The Quark Turbo QB2L is my
preferred everyday carry flashlight.

Then, he asked me what kind of batteries it used. I quickly took the tailcap off and showed him the CR123A batteries. He said, "I've never seen those. They must be expensive..."

Well, more exotic batteries such as the CR123A and CR2 can be expensive. That is, unless you make a relatively small initial investment that ends up paying for itself within a few months.

The investment that I am referring to (if you read the title of this post) is buying a set of rechargeable batteries.

Now rechargeable batteries cost about 3-5 times more than standard batteries, but after 3-5 uses, the batteries have already paid for themselves.

AW makes some great rechargeable CR123A batteries.
Not only do you save money, but when it comes to flashlights, you have the added bonus of not having to worry about wasting batteries. If you have rechargeable batteries, you are more likely to enjoy your light, without having that nagging feeling that anytime now you will have to buy new expensive batteries to replace the ones you're currently using up.

Sure, standard batteries have their place. They usually have longer runtimes than rechargeable batteries and are good as back-ups. However, your primary flashlight batteries should be rechargeable, if you have the ability to buy some.

So, what are you waiting for? If you have a flashlight that you commonly use, stop wasting your money and pick up a set of rechargeable batteries!