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Canadian distributor and retailer RONA introduced an alkaline-battery charger that works for regular disposable batteries. This new product, available under the RONA ECO brand, has been analyzed by the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment at École Polytechnique de Montréal.
The device can recharge four AA or AAA batteries at a time. The recharge time only takes 90 minutes, and the charger can recharge the same battery up to 200 times, raising the average life expectancy of a battery from eight hours to 1,600 hours, according to RONA.
The product is an exclusive for RONA.
The retailer has done the math, suggesting a lifetime ownership cost savings in addition to its eco-friendly attributes. The RONA ECO charger also has considerable cost advantages. At a suggested retail price of $59.99, it allows a single battery, sold at an average cost of $1.62, to do the work of 200 batteries, which would amount to $1,296 for four regular alkaline batteries.
The RONA ECO charger can be plugged into an electrical outlet or powered using a USB cable (not included). If a battery has expired or is too damaged to be recharged, an indicator light will inform the user, and the device will simply cease to function.