Which Rechargeable Battery is the Best? Let's find out!

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  • Published on:  Monday, January 7, 2019
  • The following brands of NiMH batteries were tested: Panasonic Eneloop (1900 mAh, not 2000), Duracell, Energizer, Harbor Freight Thunderbolt, EBL, Rayovac, Amazon Basics Silver, Amazon Basics Black, and the Ikea LADDA. All batteries tested were new and recently purchased from Amazon. As an addendum to the first AA battery showdown, the following batteries were also tested: Kirkland (Costco), Sunbeam (Dollar Tree), Ikea, and AC Delco. Thank you very much for supporting the channel by watching the commercials and through Patreon support. https://www.patreon.com/projectfarm
  • Source: https://youtu.be/0A1GvQ40j0Q


  • Allon Peterman

    Allon Peterman


    Hey so have you ever test the rechargeable battery (Tenergy)?

  • BobRooney



    notice how the ikea lada and the duracell have similar specs. my guess is that they are relabeled eneloop pro's.

  • Dan Basta

    Dan Basta

     yesterday +1

    thank you for your job.. really.

  • Doug JB

    Doug JB

     2 days ago +1

    Two weeks ago I bought another block of Amazon Basics AA batteries, the silver.

    I thought I was buying the exactly the same thing I bought one year ago.

    But the batteries are made in China, not Japan.

  • SetTheCurve


     2 days ago +1

    I would love to see a comparison of NiMH vs NiCd batteries in solar lights, both for run time and longevity.

    I’ve heard NiCd last longer when frequent full discharge occurs. I’ve also heard that they tolerate heat and cold better, and that NiMH won’t be a benefit because the low capacity NiCd that come with lights already have more capacity than will charge during the day. I’m skeptical, so I’d love to see an experiment.

  • LBCAndrew


     2 days ago

    There's a chance those eneloop batteries may be fake. Lots of people have reported getting fakes from Amazon. Also, some eneloop batteries are made in Japan (most) and some are made in China. The Chinese ones suck. https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?364607-Overview-All-eneloop-batteries-2005-2020/page23

  • SavvySteve


     3 days ago

    Really great videos. Thanks for all the great info. I'd love to see a wider sample size like you are doing for the duct tapes and double-faced tapes. Perhaps do a full set of 4 batteries per battery. Testing and making assumptions about a single battery could skew the numbers. I'd be interested in you testing all of the higher mah batteries, anything above like 2200 or 2300 mah. Batteries you would want to use in flashlights, flashes for cameras, digital cameras and other demanding devices. It would also be interesting since you are data savvy to add the country of origin on these cells to the mix. Seems like there is some validity to quality of cells based on COO.

  • Rob Houg

    Rob Houg

     5 days ago

    Can you test Some D batteries such as the rayovac fusion and some Amazon's and a few others. Non rechargable

  • Froze Rekmeyata

    Froze Rekmeyata

     5 days ago

    I have a high current drain bicycle headlight that uses 4 AA rechargeable batteries that will fry the bats in 2 hours on high, so it would be great to find the longest lasting one. I use the X2Power 2700mah bats for the light now that I got from Batteries Plus, but you didn't test any high MAH rechargeable batteries. The X2Power battery boosts that it's the highest MAH battery in the consumer market.

  • Becki Mclean

    Becki Mclean

     5 days ago

    Have you made the follow up video for shelf life yet?

  • cartmanschili


     6 days ago +1

    I don't even use rechargable batteries. Why am I watching this?

  • Andrew Bingham

    Andrew Bingham

     6 days ago

    I don't use rechargeable batteries because it is too much hassle, especially disposing of them. I am a big Costco fan so I am not surprised how well they did and I might try them. Thanks for your tests.

  • Just Noted

    Just Noted

     6 days ago

    Very very thorough dude :)

  • Noble6


     7 days ago

    Please do cr123 batteries cause no one has a good review on YouTube yet and I have many flashlights that require them and can’t seem to get a straight answer lol. Keep up the good work!!

  • Joey Kido

    Joey Kido

     7 days ago +1

    Are your amazon basics silver Batterys made in china or Japan?

  • bob7872


     7 days ago

    Have you figured out the cost of using electricity to charge them vs the cost of regular batteries?

  • Kay Uwe Böhm

    Kay Uwe Böhm

     7 days ago

    Best is CNG tank battery !

    E-cars loaded most over night using less solar electricity most from coal and gas in world not like norway with water power.

    Kohle mit Zentrifugalfilter und Turbineneffizienz fast 100% oder weiße Diamant Kohle kubischer Bornitrid Isotope B-11 & N-15 + fein ThO2 brennt zwar nicht aber 30 Jahre Laufzeit heiß härter Diamant und unlöslich so HTR sicher ?

    Shooting with Hg nucleoses out of ring accelerator maybe to spread from beam to steam into D2O causing D-D fusion and spallation of Hg neutrons also from fusion neutrons until Hg- 197 after 64h half Au-197 for gold production much more than gold existing.

    Oppenheimer buying himself ? Tesla is a subvention case not a dangerous company now already with a market capatilzation like VW AG selling 10 mio. cars/a also more than tesla build in USA and tesla was not in top 5 full electric cars sold in germany at november still 98% no e-cars in world 99% with -34% e-cars in china and if all buying e-cars too less lithium & cobalt production same fuel cell too less platin and palladium all no problem with CNG also booming special with new 1000 bar CNG pebble tank exchange system connectable in ISO container frame 3 in 20' or 6 in 40' each 2-3t CNG etc.

  • Joel Bastian

    Joel Bastian

     7 days ago +1

    Ladda is white labeled eneloop pros. Comes out of the same and only battery factory left in Japan. Ikeas batt charger is also same as Panasonic’s top batt charger. All for like less than half the cost.

  • ahmad mzmz

    ahmad mzmz

     7 days ago

    Thank you man.

  • John Wong

    John Wong

     7 days ago

    Love your channel, your methods and presentation! I think my only difficulty was in distinguishing the rechargeable vs nonrechargeable data (around 8:00 minutes in) at a glance. Maybe there's a font or color schema you could use? But this is very minor and you do talk to the charts already.