HiQuick AA & AAA rechargeable batteries review: hi NiMH, goodbye alkaline

They’re cheap to buy, high-performance, reliable, and long-lasting.

HiQuick AA & AAA rechargeable batteries
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

We love a bit of variety. These 1100mAh AAA and 2800mAh AA rechargeable NiMH batteries are available to buy in mix-and-match options for various quantities of each size or combinations of both, with or without a USB charger. We tested them in a variety of high-drain devices including flashlights and camera flashguns. We really liked their impressive staying power and complete reliability. As with various competitors, they stay charged for long periods when not in use, which is a must for us. All in all, they’re a top power-up and great value at the very competitive selling price.


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    High capacities for both AA and AAA

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    They stay charged for months or years

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    Up to 1200 charge/discharge cycles


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    Only charged to 20% at manufacture

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    Require charging before use

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HiQuick AA & AAA rechargeable batteries are unlike NiMH batteries that we used to use and didn’t entirely like. A bugbear for us was that we’d fully charge a set of batteries for a flashlight or camera flashgun, only to find they’d gone flat by the time we actually got around to using them. Useless! Like various other recent AA and AAA batteries, these HiQuick versions are designed to have a very slow discharge rate, so they’re good to go for months or even years after being charged.

Catering to every need, the batteries are sold in multi-packs of AA and AAA options, with different quantity options. Some include a mix of one size or both sizes, and come with or without a USB battery charger. We went for the HiQuick 4-slot AA & AAA USB battery charger complete with a set of 4x AA and 4x AAA batteries, which also comes with a charging cable and storage boxes for the batteries. And to bump up the numbers, we added a combined pack of 8x AA and 8x AAA batteries. Both retail packs come boxed with printed instruction manuals, and with very budget-friendly price tags. Other popular sizes are also available, including C and D tubular shaped batteries and PP3 rectangular batteries.

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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.