The best rechargeable AA batteries in 2024

Eneloop rechargeable AA batteries in boxes on a table
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In this guide

The quick list ↩
1. Best overall: Eneloop Pro AA
2. Best lifespan: Eneloop AA
3. High capacity: EBL AA 2800mAh
4. Best value: HiQuick AA 2800mAh
5. Greenest:  Energizer Power Plus
6. Also tested: Duracell 2500mAh
How to choose
How we test

The best rechargeable AA batteries are an essential for many photographers. Speedlights and wireless commanders usually require several batteries, and we think rechargeables are the way to go for several reasons. They're more cost-effective since they can be recharged and used many times, they're more sustainable for the planet and, crucially for photographers, most flashguns tend to recycle faster when using rechargeable NiMH batteries than with regular alkaline cells.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.