Duracell Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries review

These Duracell Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries are currently the company’s most powerful but still lose out to a few less expensive alternatives from other brands.

Duracell Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

In the world of advertising, the famous Duracell bunny leaves other toys in its wake, powering ahead when others have run out of juice. But that’s based on alkaline cells. Nowadays, anything that’s ‘single-use’ is second-best. Rechargeable batteries can be used hundreds of times, making them much more eco-friendly. Packs of Duracell Rechargeable 2500mAh AA and Duracell Rechargeable 900mAh AAA Ni-MH batteries have very good (although not class-leading) stamina and worked flawlessly in our tests. However, they’re pricier than many competitors and not the best in terms of value for money.


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    Fairly high capacity

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    Trusted brand

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    Lasts up to 10 years in storage


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    Unspecified charging cycle rating

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    Pricier than most competitors

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Duracell Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries are from a highly respected brand. From flashlights to flashguns, remote controllers, toys and all sorts of other gadgets, anything that runs on batteries is completely useless if the batteries don’t work. Rightly or wrongly, when people need to count on their kit working in critical situations, they often prefer to stick with a famous brand. And for batteries, they don’t come much more famous than Duracell. The company has been a leading manufacturer of high-performance batteries, all the way back to the 1940s.

Duracell is best known for its alkaline single-use batteries but it also makes rechargeable batteries in a wide range of sizes, with a darker shade of that iconic copper top. For the ever-popular AA and AAA types, we’re reviewing the highest capacity Duracell options currently available, which are 2500mAh for AA and 900mAh for the smaller AAA size.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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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.