Haven't seen it anywhere on FR so I thought I would pass on a little information about recharging household batteries (AAA AA C D 9 volt). I read a couple of articles about recharging most batteries. So I picked up a simple battery tester and a AA AAA battery charger off eBay for a couple of bucks apiece to test it out. I found that I could recharge most alkaline batteries back to full charge.
I've upgraded to a better charger that handles all the household batteries and I love the idea of not having to spend dollar after dollar on new packs of batteries.
I have been slowly picking up some rechargeable batteries off eBay since they are usually less than half the price you pay in the store.
So all of you that use batteries for R/C trains, digital cameras, and such here is a way to some some money and be environmentally correct.
Years ago, I bought a VENOM charger, on sale at the LHS which is digital, charges various batteries, and works like it should. I also have a couple of tiny TEAM LOSI (r/c car) chargers (LOSB0864) which I use on the little Li Polys in Porters and railcars.
Many years ago I purchased Rayovac's battery charger and batteries for their RENEWAL product line that recharged alkaline batteries. I still have the charger and some AAA, AA and D batteries, but haven't used them very often. The C batteries are long gone. Will have to try this with the Duracells in my recycle bin.
There's an interesting article about this at the following link:
Hey, anything to save a buck. Besides the time you REALLY need a battery you're all out. I'm slowing working on putting R/C in my engines and the controller requires a 9 volt battery. I don't want to be caught short at a critical time. As long as I have my charger I'm good to go.