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'It's saving me money!': The rechargeable battery charger is down to just $14

If you've spent more money on batteries than you're proud to say, it might be time to transition to rechargeable batteries. While technology continues to make our lives easier, our gadgets still require batteries. If you're skeptical about how rechargeables, Amazon has an easy and inexpensive gadget to test the waters: the Powerowl Charger and right now, you can snag one for just $14.

Reliable and efficient, this battery charger can charge up to eight AA or AAA batteries at the same time.

$14 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

This charger periodically goes on sale, you might not want to wait until the next time the price dips when you can start saving money on batteries now. With a pack of new rechargeable batteries, this might be the last time you buy batteries.

Why do I need this?

This is a super-simple gadget. The Powerowl Charger is compact and lightweight and can charge up to eight AA or AAA batteries simultaneously (it does not take alkaline batteries). One really great feature of this gadget is that doesn't have to charge batteries in pairs like most chargers. Another unique feature is that it doesn't come with a cable — you can hook it up to one of the thousands of micro USB cables that have been piling up in your drawers. You can use that to plug it into a wall or a power bank or a laptop. That's a very handy feature when you are in the middle of a power outage and you need batteries for a flashlight or electric candles.

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More than 13,000 shoppers rave about this battery charger. (Amazon/Getty)

What reviewers say

More than 13,000 five-star reviewers are already saving money with this gizmo.

"It's saving me money!" gushed a savvy shopper. "I have candles, remotes and gadgets that require batteries and I was tired of buying them all the time and shelling out that much money. I finally decided to try rechargeable ones. I do not know why it took me so long to buy one of these and the rechargeable batteries! It really pays for itself in the long run!"

"I use this for AA and AAA batteries for game controllers and various remote controls," a rave reviewer shared. "I like that it can charge individual batteries, unlike my old charger which had a more cost cut design that would only charge batteries as pairs. I've got a few devices that use odd numbers of batteries so that was a source of annoyance when I needed to charge them up again because there was always at least 1 battery not charging. Very happy I gave this charger a chance."

"I'm really impressed with this charger," wrote a five-star fan. "I find it extremely useful for recharging my Oculus Quest 2 controllers and other power-hungry devices like flashlights and my face scrubber. It has made managing my battery-powered devices a breeze. The only drawback I've encountered is the input for the charging cable, which uses the older standard Android plug instead of the more common C charger input. Overall, this charger has exceeded my expectations and has become an indispensable addition to my gadget collection."

Not only can this charger juice your rechargeable batteries, but it powers up your batteries with a micro USB plug. That means you won't have to add another cable to get tangled in the cords you already have. 

$14 at Amazon

Want to get started on new rechargeable batteries? These will cost you about $1 each.

With up to 1,000 recharges and the ability to maintain capacity for up to two years, these batteries are an excellent option.

$11 at Amazon

One five-star reviewer said these were the go-to batteries of choice for critical uses. "Every year I always purchase a set of these as our standby AAs for the wireless microphones at our church. ... We do not want a microphone to go dead in the middle of a service. ... Through the years, the Amazon Basic AA batteries have been consistent in terms of quality. Make sure to get the standard capacity Amazon Basic," the reviewer warns, noting anecdotally that the high capacity version "will start to fail if left on a trickle charger 24/7."

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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