USBCell Rechargeable Batteries Now Available at ThinkGeek

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The latest and greatest in innovative products has been picked up by ThinkGeek. The USBCell USB-rechargeable AA batteries have landed at ThinkGeek for $20 per pair. They could be an excellent addition if you use a wireless mouse without included-rechargeable batteries, or hell, I'm thinking about picking up a couple for my Xbox 360 controllers.

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DISCUSSION

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Maybe not so good in a mobile environment.

If you have AC power available it would be better bang for the buck to use a higher capacity (longer lasting) rechargeable battery and a charger despite the extra stuff to carry.

If you don't have AC power available, then you're using your laptop's battery to charge these things and it takes "a few hours" to do so.

-Meaning your laptop battery will be depleted by then!

Granted it's a clever idea and doubtless perfect for some applications, but my RS store has a charger with two AA and two AAA NiMD batteries included for 7 bucks US on sale right now. (2100 and 900 ma respectively.)

For another 7 bucks you can buy a second set and keep them rotating or have an extra set to get you to where the good charging is.

(Consider the extra charger gravy.)

Under 20 bucks with the tax included, and that's going brick-and mortar retail.