Energize Me! A Review and Giveaway

Congrats to suzannerskmom, and Sarah V. who are the winners of this giveaway! 

Member this little guy? He’s still going and going and going. I loved those commercials as a kid. Now, as an adult, not only do I love the familiarity of the iconic Energizer Bunny, but I also love that the product has evolved with the Technological Age.

As you know, I have four sons. And my four sons love to play video games. Last year we bought a Wii and it was a huge hit. But, the controllers can really suck up batteries if you play a lot. The FishBoys’ “game time” is limited to 30-45 minutes on weekends and holidays, and likewise, there are also limits to the money we can invest in batteries to run said games. They understand this and have been known on occasion to buy their own batteries. Whenever I see a sale, I snatch them up and I try to keep our battery box full.

But, quite honestly, the battery aisle resembles to me the scene from Mr. Mom when Michael Keaton tries to order a pound of ham, and the deli girl responds with the names of twenty different varieties. The battery aisle can be really confusing. I’m lucky if I remember if I need AA or AAA!

Recently, Energizer sent me a couple products to review that I had not seen before. OK, maybe I saw them, but I didn’t really know what I was looking at. So, let me introduce you to the new friends of moms of children who own battery-sucking toys.

The Compact Recharger and Rechargeable Batteries
Years ago back when we bought our first digital camera, FishPapa invested in a large, honking thing that plugged into the wall that recharged batteries for the camera. This compact charger is the new and improved version. And it definitely is compact. When not in active use, the unit folds into itself to about the size of a deck of cards, making for easy storage.

This baby is pretty user-friendly. All the batteries are inserted in the same direction and the unit plugs into the wall. I did have to read the instructions, something I am loathe to do, to find out about the flashing lights. There are two lights for each battery. As they charge, the lights will flash. When the lights are solid, that is your signal that the batteries are charged. Easy enough. (Just read the directions first.)

Energizer has an amazing collection of rechargers. While they are a little bit more of an upfront investment, if you go through batteries quickly, they are definitely worth the expense. And I think that a charger and batteries would make great gifts for the guys in your life who are impossible to shop for.

Lithium Batteries
Now here’s the deal. There’s alkaline batteries, and there are rechargeable batteries, and there are lithium batteries. These last babies, lithium, are proven to be the longest lasting of batteries used in high-tech devices. They are ideal for use in cameras, camera flash apparatus, hand-held GPS devices, wireless controllers, CD players, LED flashlights, and more. The Advanced Lithium batteries that we received last 20 hours longer for gaming than Energizer’s regular Alkaline batteries, according to the manufacturer. You can guess where we’re using ours!

This week Energizer is sponsoring a great giveaway here on LifeasMOM. Three winners will each win a pack of AA rechargeable batteries as well as a compact recharger. Perfect timing with the holidays upon us!

Please make sure that you leave an email address for me to contact you if you win and be prepared to respond to my email w/in 24 hours of contact so that Energizer can send you your prize. Giveaway is open until Sunday at 8 pm PST.

There are three ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment telling us what you use batteries for most at your house.
  2. Follow me on twitter and leave a second comment telling me you did so.
  3. Post about this giveaway on your blog or tweet it and leave a third comment giving me the link.
I hope you win!
Disclosure: I am not a battery expert. Obviously. So, please confirm the safety of the use of these batteries in your high-tech devices with their manufacturers. Battery data has been provided by Energizer and can be viewed on their website. I received sample lithium batteries as well as rechargeable batteries and a compact charger in order to review these products. My opinion is my own.

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  1. We use batteries most in toys, there is always something that needs batteries.

  2. Southerner says:

    We use batteries in toys the most.

  3. We use the most batteries in our WII controller and PS2. It's amazing how quickly we go through them!

  4. The Things We Do says:

    Oh man, enter me! We have the recharger and it's awesome but it's packed right now for moving. Our kids are getting a Wii this year for Christmas so my guess is that we'll use batteries the most for that after reading your post. It would be awesome to have a recharger right next to the Wii so that the kids can charge the batteries themselves! Thanks for such a practical giveaway!

  5. We go through batteries in no time too! Our re-charger has seen better days. Thanks!

  6. We use batteries most for our cordless mouse and the Wii remotes. i have rechargeables for my digital camera, but somehow they seem to wind up in the Wi controllers more often! :)

  7. Oh and now I am following you on Twitter, which I had intended to do already.

  8. I think our camera is our biggest use of batteries, next in line is remotes!

  9. I am following you on twitter as annaed2.

  10. Flashlights! My daughters play all kinds of games with their flashlights, as well as bring them along in the car when we make nighttime trips so that they can see to read books and play games in the back seat.

  11. This would be great for our Xbox 360 controllers!

  12. I follow you on twitter. @NancysBlessings

  13. Kimberly Graesser says:

    We use batteries the most in our digital camera – and boy does it suck them up!

  14. Kimberly Graesser says:

    Also, I just started following you on twitter – don't know why I hadn't done it before!

  15. We use a ton of batteries in walkie talkies! :)

  16. We go throw tons of batteries for our Wii too!

    Chramyross at gmail dot com

  17. Normally it's my digital camera that sucks the batteries, but now that there's a baby in the house again, it's her bouncy chair!

  18. Batteries? We use them a lot in remotes for the TV/stereo/xbox as well as for the xbox controllers. I hit up CVS this time last year for their Duracell deal but that supply is almost gone!

    And this time of year? We go through them like crazy with all of my granny's singing/dancing/rocking/talking Christmas toys that my daughter loves to turn on and let 'em go!

  19. I run an in home child care….it feels like all our batteries go to toys!

  20. Cameras, cameras, and more cameras

  21. I follow you on Twitter.

  22. We use batteries mostly in the wii remotes. I would love to have the new charger!!!! :)

  23. Electronic devices. Remotes, wireless mouse, camera, toys. We go through a lot of batteries!

  24. Yep, it's the wii remotes here!

  25. We use batteries the most in our baby swing.

  26. Wii remotes and flashlights!

    eagarnhappy {at} yahoo {dot} com

  27. We just bought the Wii too, so I'd like to be ready with batteries!!

  28. Pamela Donnis Designs says:

    Mostly toys…although I do try to limit the toys that we own that need batteries cause I get tired of using them. Second place, which I do replace quite often is my digital camera.

  29. we use batteries most in my daughter's digital camera, and her Leapster. She is getting a DS for Christmas, so that will be sucking them, too, I'm sure.
    Caron
    scaa at bellsouth dot com

  30. hisworkinprogress says:

    Hi I would use these for our Wii..and would be greatly appreciated thanks !

  31. The camera. Our digital camera goes through batteries faster than I can buy them.

  32. I use batteries the most in the wii controllers, but also in my daughters' half dozen battery operated toys.

  33. its a toss up between the xbox 360 controllers or my camera

  34. We use them for the mp3 player in the kids' room that plays white noise to help them sleep :)

  35. Baby toys. Anything that makes music sucks the life out of my batteries fast!

  36. Those noisy toys we love to hate. LOL

  37. We use batteries mostly in our camera and the millions of battery operated toys that I swore would never enter my house!

  38. bellebearberry says:

    We use them in the wii & the DS the most

  39. Huskerbabe says:

    I have a 4 yr old boy who has neurological issues. He has a littl mp3 player that is with him 24/7 playing all the time. It's the one thing that keeps him on a level keel. We go through many batteries, but it's worth it. Music truly does calm the savage beast.

  40. I mostly use them in our digital camera. And we really need some new ones now, before the holiday snapshot-fest begins!

  41. Most definitely my sons Leapster game and camera's!!

  42. Danielle and the Boys says:

    danielle young: we use batteries most in my son's swing!

  43. Toys use most of our batteries.

  44. garciagirl82 says:

    It seems like we are always changing batteries in our Wii and cordless mouse!

  45. Miss Kaitlin says:

    Definitely taking pictures!

    misskaitlin24 AT hotmail.com

  46. trying to pair down stuff recently, I accidentally threw away my AC adapter for my old discman, which is what I have to play CDs on besides my computer. Now it's either eat up batteries or play everything on my tiny computer speakers. I could sure use these!

  47. Batteries get used the most in our Xbox controllers :)

  48. whoops! forgot my email address :)

    winstongang at yahoo.com

  49. blueprint baby says:

    Remotes! Usually taped up since we've lost all the backs to our remotes!

  50. blueprint baby says:
  51. sallycat04 says:

    We use tons of batteries with our baby swing (the only place little BB will sleep) and remotes.

    sallycoupons@yahoo.com

    Sally

  52. We use batteries most in remote controls and the Leapster!

  53. We use lots of batteries in remotes and cameras.

    juliesock@aol.com

  54. We use batteries in our house mostly for DD's toys. She has A LOT of toys that require batteries.

  55. plaidjenn says:

    we use the most batteries in toys and our camera!

  56. Batteries in our home are most often used in toys…unless it's Christmas time, in which case they are now most often used in the motorized train around our tree, which our two year old thinks should be running at all times.:)

  57. Sarah Elisabeth says:

    This is incredible timing – I need to replace our recharger ASAP!

    We use our batteries most for the camera – I have a five month old and take pictures of his adorable face all the time!

    thanks so much!

    Sarah

  58. One Thrifty Mamma says:

    I'd love to enter! At our house, batteries are most used in the Wii controllers! :)

  59. Shopping for toys this year for Christmas for my first grand daughter, I have found that almost all of the toys require batteries. I also know her parents (my daughter and son-in-law) go through a lot of batteries for all the baby equipment, too. Rechargeable batteries are definitely the way to go here!

  60. The wii remotes

  61. Wow! My son's camera EATS batteries! This would be a great stocking stuffer for him!

  62. I'm actually getting ready to buy a Wii this week, so I know where all of my batteries are going to be going! Other than that, I think the majority of my electronics charge via either an AC or USB power source. I wonder what the energy cost/savings are for rechargeable batteries versus a device with a self-contained battery, like an iPod or laptop?

  63. I also follow you on Twitter, thanks to Crystal @ Money Saving Mom. :)

  64. Most def. the camera!!

  65. And I follow you on Twitter :)

  66. We use them mostly in the toys. My son birthday was last week and one his gift went through one set of batteries within 24 hours!

  67. I'm following you on twitter.

  68. toys and remotes are forever eating up our batteries!

  69. Other than remotes all our batteries are used for toys for our 2 & 5 year olds.

  70. Undeserving says:

    My husband is a huge fan of their rechargeable batteries… and clocks. That's where our batteries go. :-) Thanks!

  71. aleighoop says:

    In our house we have a 14 year old son and a 5 month old son. We use batteries is the wireless controller for the XBox 360, the Wii, our cameras, and all the toys that we are getting for the growth and development of the 5 month old. We could benefit from rechargeable batteries and the charger

  72. toys and cameras and hearing aids!!! :o)

  73. We use batteries mostly for our remote controls and my digital camera. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  74. Kruger Family says:

    We use batteries in EVERYTHING! The main thing that we use them in though is toys. I buy rechargeable batteries unless there is a really great deal on other batteries, but rechargeable batteries are SO expensive that I try not to buy them unless I have a coupon.

  75. My digital camera is what uses the most batteries around here. I do use rechargables, but even those have to be replaced at some point.

  76. Toys Toys and more Toys!!!! 75% of the toys in our house must have batteries!!

  77. Toys and remote controls

  78. Lisa @ Simply Things Family says:

    Handheld video games!

  79. RHONDA SMITH says:

    with 4 kids we use a lot of batteries… toys, games, cd players, etc…

  80. Toys, the Wii, toys, flashlights…the list goes on!

  81. So I tweeted and left my reasons @clancostello. Thanks for the opportunity.

  82. Well, we have a three month old and right now we are using about a billion batteries on her swing! Would love to win some rechargeable ones!

  83. Toys consume most of our batteries, definitely!

  84. We definitely use the most batteries on the WII controllers!

  85. We use a lot of batteries — mostly when we travel for the camera and in my son's radio.

    cookingluck 29 @ yahoo . com

  86. Kim and Ken Carlile says:

    Toys and digital camera.
    Kim
    kimisslim at hotmail dot com

  87. Definitely use up a lot of batteries in our Wii remotes also! Even with limited gaming time, it seems that we go through a load of batteries!

    sarahelaine79@gmail.com

  88. We use batteries in our Wii also and for everything baby. Doesn't EVERYTHING for baby require 3-6 AA batteries??

  89. Toys, toys, toys!

  90. Entry 1 – we use batteries for our 50 million TV remotes

    (Gosh, could you do a review/giveaway on the new Logitech remote?!) :)

  91. Entry 2 – I'm a Twitter follower! :)

  92. Simplycraftymom says:

    we use batteries for everything..i mean what toy or game system doesnt need a battery these days.

    Sharonls7203 on twitter

  93. TXsunlover says:

    We use the most batteries in flashlights, the digital camera and remotes.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  94. I use batteries in my digital camera more than anything.

  95. Frugal Tumbleweed Acres says:

    Flashlights, remote, and my oxygen conserver.
    22eagles(at)rtconnect.net

  96. Chawksgirl4ever says:

    we used them most in digital cameras i love to take pictures!

  97. Chawksgirl4ever says:

    we used them most in digital cameras i love to take pictures!

  98. Batteries get sucked up by whatever toy my kiddos decide need them!

  99. We always use batteries in the game controllers, like Wii and Xbox 360. The kids are constantly wanting them. We use them for toys also, and tv. remotes. Thanks for the giveaway.
    I'm at leebroom4@gmail.com

  100. SavannahsSmiles says:

    email subscriber

  101. Out Of The Box Living says:

    I love your blog! We use batteries in toys, remotes, lots of things. Our battery charger is losing steam… thanks for the opportunity to try out a new one!

  102. Most of our batteries go in toys!

  103. And I'm now following you on Twitter!

  104. Seems to me that the remotes have been using up all our batteries, and they seem to all go at once! :/

  105. I would guess our biggest use for batteries is our cameras.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  106. We use batteries in toys, the camara, and flashlights the most. I've never tried these rechargeable batteries but would love to!

  107. entry 2: I'm a twitter follower!

  108. We use batteries most often in our camera.

  109. I have a 2 year old son and he is always leaving Thomas, Percy and James the trains on!!! We love using rechargeables because of this! But I need more ;)

  110. We definitely use so many batteries for toys, its frustrating!

  111. Thank you for the chance. Rechargeables work well for us, but we could use a few more!

  112. The remote control Hummer's battery is getting recharged ALL the time! Otherwise, the kids' toy flashlight uses lots of batteries too.

  113. Brown Thumb Mama says:

    We have an xbox and it goes through batteries like crazy!

  114. Brown Thumb Mama says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  115. Brown Thumb Mama says:
  116. Our remote control frequently needs new batteries.

  117. We use batteries for toys and remotes most often.

  118. I already follow you on twitter as whitneybaugh.

  119. hotmama0609 says:

    TOYS! My son and daughter have tons of battery powered toys.

  120. hotmama0609 says:

    twitter follower! hotmama0609

  121. My digital camera sucks up the AA batteries. I tried to stock up at Sam's Club just to keep up.

  122. faithplusnothing says:

    I use most batteries in our remote. Of course we lost the back to it so they are always falling out and I have to replace them!

    andreawatts@yahoo.com

  123. faithplusnothing says:

    I already follow you on twitter.

  124. faithplusnothing says:
  125. We go through a lot of batteries with the boys game players and at Christmas I have about 40 of those Christmas animals that sing so I use a lot for those, cause every child that comes in sets all of them to playing.Oh by the way, we wish we had some of that snow ya'll have.

  126. Always need batteries, nothing like getting them for Free.
    Thanks,
    Renea H

  127. 2 kids with lots of toys.. needless to say it would be nice to have this charger

  128. We use batteries most for the kid toys and baby swings/bouncers.

  129. We use the most batteries on my wireless mouse for my computer. But I will NEVER go back to a regular one, so it's worth it. :-)

  130. I follow you on twitter.
    @momtriedit

  131. Actually my daughter uses batteries the most for her MP3 players. If I were to win this, it would be a one of her birthday presents next month. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  132. We use batteries mostly in our digital camera.

  133. My kids have their own digital cameras that use AA batteries, we go through a LOT that way, sigh. . .

  134. We use most batteries for two things. Electric pianos and flashlights. In my husband's work he uses a ton of flashlights and we're always running out of batteries. I'm a pianist and have a few pianos around the house in various rooms in case something strikes. I also have a four year old who enjoys both the flashlights and the pianos so we run out of battery power quick. If I don't win I really need to invest in one of these anyway. Thanks for hosting this. Off to alert my readers.

  135. I think that our wii is where we change batteries most often.

  136. This is on my Christmas wish list! I go through batteries like crazy with my camera
    kerriekg@yahoo.com

  137. rankin1997 says:

    Our camera and toys are where the batteries get used the most.

  138. Our digital cameras use the most right now, but there is a Wii under the tree and it sounds like I'm going to be burning through batteries?

  139. I'm following you on Twitter as Katie[plus some numbers]. Thanks!

  140. I just posted about $5Dinners on Facebook. :-)

  141. We use them in so many things — the big eater though is the crib light/music player thingie. At LEAST once a month I go through SIX c batts!

  142. I use batteries in flashlights and remote controls.

  143. Go Bananas for Anna says:

    We use most of our batteries in toys.

  144. Go Bananas for Anna says:

    I am now following you on Twitter @Amtyoung

  145. We use the most batteries in our flashlights and our camera.

    writeme@heidimail.com

  146. We use batteries mostly for toys…
    jk.gorcery@gmail.com

  147. Our baby's swing and bouncer use them the most- then all her toys!!!!!
    presprizes@gmail.com

  148. Our baby's swing and bouncer use them the most- then all her toys!!!!!
    presprizes@gmail.com

  149. What don't we use batteries for?? It would be great to have a rechargeable set here in the main room for Wii, my kids guitar or even some of the board games we play!

  150. The Dumonts says:

    Megandumont59@gmail.com. We are already a huge fan of these batteries!! We use them for everything from our 18 month old son's toys to our 1 month old son's swing!

  151. debbiejackson says:

    toys and flashlights use the most
    jacksond@nhr3.net

  152. Country Living for Us says:

    I have 4 kids so the digital camera and TOYS use the most batteries in our house!
    Thanks :)

  153. We have one of these and it never seems to charge batteries fast enough for all the ways we use batteries. Hopefully another one would help us keep up!

  154. bee*in*the*balm says:

    i'm a photographer so we go through batteries quick!

  155. We go through so many batteries in our house with my sons motorized Thomas the Train toys. They seem to drain the battery in no time!

  156. We use rechargeable batteries for everything! Our new Wii remotes, kids toys, battery operated clocks, other remotes, and the kids night lights. They are wonderful and ours are so old that we are in need of new ones!

    mystrix(at)kc.rr.com

  157. We usually use batteries most in the XBox controller…but I also have a digital camera that uses batteries that seems to be dead all the time!

  158. I would be using these for a new camera I'm hoping to get soon!! Thanks for a great giveaway and Merry Christmas!

    misterjimmy at sbcglobal dot net

  159. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} says:

    We use batteries the most for multi-device remotes :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

  160. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} says:

    Following on Twitter
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

  161. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} says:

    Tweeted
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

  162. erricaalisa says:

    i would use for tristans toys and my fiances digital camera

    ilovetristan2009@gmail.com

  163. Flashlights, remotes, remotes and more remotes

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  164. We have a Wii in the house so we are constantly going through batteries with it. Also, I'm a huge fan of the wireless mouse and keyboard for my computer, so that just adds to battery usage.

  165. My kids are getting a WII for Christmas so the batteries would definitely go for that or my new digital camera! I can't wait for Christmas.
    thepeach80@hotmail.com

  166. Well we have an almost 4 year old, so the list of things in our house that we DON'T need batteries for might be shorter! ;) He has so many toys that take them (isn't it aggravating?) and we just got a wii a few weeks ago and I see now how fast the batteries go on the controllers now too! Ei-yi-yie!! Love the energizer rechargeables, got a bunch when he was a baby and we are just now having to start replacing them, they do last, but we are definitely in need now! Love this give away, good luck everyone! Sorry for the novel!

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