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1. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

Just found out about the USBCell AA batteries. These are rechargeable by USB, making them rather handy for travellers who don't want to lug a charger around. You can charge these batteries directly from your laptop or with something like Kensington's http://us.kensington.com/html/7207.html.

Pretty nifty huh?

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

Yeah great invention but....surely lugging around a charger is not much hassle.

Especially compared to a laptop..... And if you have a normal charger you can leave it plugged in while you go out for a while, without worrying about the securuty issue because its not worth much and easy to replace.

How long do they take to charge?

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

5 hours I think it said.

It's true that a battery charger isn't that much, but if you already are carrying a laptop, then this is pretty ideal. Also, if you have other devices that charge by USB connection (iPods,etc), then one of those separate USB chargers is a good solution. And if you already have one of those, then these batteries can be charged by them as well. Beats having multiple different chargers with you.

All in all, I think a very good alternative to buying disposable batteries along the way.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I've had some for a couple of months and they work fine.

And together with another nifty device i've picked up (a solar powered charger, which charges phones and by USB amongst many others) means i'm now 100% electricty free [well, when i'm not carrying my laptop, as the solar and USB batteries aren't powerful enough to charge them. My phone, camera and MP3 are all ok though]

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

Quoting Gelli

I've had some for a couple of months and they work fine.

And together with another nifty device i've picked up (a solar powered charger, which charges phones and by USB amongst many others) means i'm now 100% electricty free [well, when i'm not carrying my laptop, as the solar and USB batteries aren't powerful enough to charge them. My phone, camera and MP3 are all ok though]

Very cool

6. Posted by flir67 (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

I got one very cheap at a discount store here in the states (biglots) for about 8.00 a knock off brand and does the trip.

I use the usb port on my computer to rapidcharge 4 nhm batteries and to charge my gps unit its a magellan and my gsm motorola phone.

:)