As well as standard size rechargeable batteries such as AA, AAA, PP3 and coin cell batteries, we also stock non-standard sizes of batteries, including 1/2AA and N. Our extensive range also covers laptop, camera and mobile phone batteries. Our brands include: Duracell, Ansmann, Panasonic, Yuasa, RS Pro...
Normal batteries (non-rechargeable/ primary cells) and rechargeable batteries (secondary cells) create current in the exact same manner as each other: through an electrochemical reaction involving an electrolyte, anode and cathode.
Primary batteries have a single-use, like those used in a remote control. The reaction that happens in the cell is irreversible and will eventually stop occurring, meaning the battery will no longer produce an electrical current. The battery is said to be discharged or dead, and needs to be thrown away. However in secondary, rechargeable batteries the reaction can be reversed by providing electrical energy back to the battery. For example, when you charge your phone, there is an electrical current flowing from the charger into the battery.
Using rechargeable batteries means you don't have to replace a battery every time it discharges. In fact, it can be used up 500 times.
Key Benefits of using rechargeable batteries
All of these rechargeable batteries operate under the same principle: when you plug the battery into a power source, the flow of electrons changes direction, and the anode and the cathode are returned to their original states.