What are the main disadvantages of rechargeable batteries?

Answer:

  • Rechargeable batteries suddenly die and from that moment on will not work any more unless they are recharged. With alkaline batteries the power flows out of the battery more gradually. In this case you see when the batteries need to be replaced in advanced.
  • Rechargeable batteries are more expensive compared to alkaline batteries (also because you need to buy a charger).
  • Rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries contain for 15% of the heavy metal cadmium. However, these batteries can be recycled excellently.
  • Nickel-cadmium batteries have the drawback that you need to fully discharge them before they can be recharged again. If you don’t do this a memory block will arise and the battery can no longer be recharged to its maximum. However, NiMH batteries don’t have any problem regarding the memory block and can therefore be recharged at any time.
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