Not all rechargeable batteries are created equal

The charge in batteries is typically measured in milliamp hours, or mAh for short. This is a measure of the amount of current and time that a battery can be expected to deliver. The higher the mAh rating, the longer a battery can be expected to last.

While this applies to non-rechargeable batteries as well, the higher price of rechargeable batteries will often times have people shopping for a bargain, without paying attention to how long the batteries can actually be expected to last.

Below are some mAh ratings taken from batteries that I have here. As you can see, there are some significant differences in the mAh ratings for these batteries.


AAA batteries

EPT Battery 300 mAh

Energizer Recharge 700 mAh

Duracell Rechargeable 1000 mAh


AA batteries

Rayovac Rechargeable: (not listed on battery)

Energizer Recharge: 2300 mAh

Energizer Rechargeable: 2500 mAh


If you have some rechargable batteries, please check the mAh rating printed on the battery and feel free to post it, or any other comment, below.