Gaming systems are as common in American households today as televisions; however, these wonderful pieces of technology require more than just an outlet to operate – – they require batteries for the game controllers. My daughter received a Wii Sports for Christmas this past year and has already worn the batteries out in both controllers. My husband also creates a battery shortage in my home from constantly playing Xbox games with my daughter and her friends. I am thrilled that my family spends time together having fun and enjoying themselves; however, they are killing me with batteries.
I admit that I picked up the store brand batteries that were on sale during the holidays to save a little money and that may have something to do with current battery shortage in my home – – although I will never admit that to my family because it decreases my leverage. Between the game controllers, digital cameras, MP3 players, portable gadgets and gizmos in my home, I was purchasing batteries every single month. In addition to the damage this does to my monthly household budget, I worry what I am doing to our planet (batteries are not the most eco-friendly, green item when they are laying in our landfills).
To quench my family’s insatiable thirst for batteries to power their game controllers, I began to search for batteries that would last longer, cost less and be more eco-friendly. I discovered that there are primary batteries and secondary batteries – primary being those that you use and throw away and secondary batteries are rechargeable for multiple uses. I considered this and decided to take the plunge into rechargeable batteries.
Several manufacturers such as Energizer and Duracell offer rechargeable batteries and charging stations. If you desire to go completely green with your batteries, you may want to do as I did and read a few reviews and articles about green batteries and various options for powering your game controllers and other high-tech gadgets.
Lenmar Enterprises, Inc. goes a step further by using recycled materials for their rechargeable batteries. Green Batteries is a one-stop website offering information about rechargeable batteries and where to find eco-friendly batteries for your game controllers. I started with a name I know (yes I admit that the bunny made me do it) and purchased my first rechargeable batteries and charging station last month. Now when her game controllers stop working, my daughter switches the rechargeable batteries instead of throwing out the old ones and busting open a new package of alkaline batteries.