Rechargeable batteries are good now, and even Ikea’s choices are value the additional value in the long term—plus, you’ll be sending fewer useless ones to the landfill. But when aesthetics has been the lame excuse for why you haven’t upgraded to rechargeables but, Ikea has redesigned each its batteries and charger in order that they’ll be much less prone to conflict along with your decor.
Since their debut three years in the past, Ikea’s rechargeable LADDA batteries have include little adornment, save for a white label with black textual content denoting their measurement, capability, and constructive and adverse ends. This yr they’re lastly getting a splash of colour with white textual content on a blue/inexperienced label, though it appears to be like just like the saturation has been turned nearly all the best way down. If the muted aesthetics of Google’s sensible audio system are about as adventurous as you prefer to get with colour in your house, then Ikea’s facelifted batteries will match proper in along with your decor.
The LADDA batteries might be charged utilizing a matching wall wart, however we’ve all obtained too lots of these making claims on restricted outlet actual property already. The higher choice is Ikea’s new TJUGO charger which seems to be an up to date model of its STORHOGEN charger. It’s lots smaller than its predecessor, with a capability for charging simply eight AAs or AAAs at a time (or any mixture of the 2), however the TJUGO’s book-shaped design is, effectively, extra book-shaped than the STORHOGEN was, with a lid that closes utilizing a versatile backbone that makes the charger look extra like a certain tome.
It’s a nicer design, and its colour matches the brand new LADDA batteries. The solely disadvantage is the situation of the charging port, which makes it unimaginable to face the charger on its facet on a shelf (which is how most conventional folks retailer their books) whereas maintaining the unpleasant twine hidden. The charger doesn’t scream charger, however nobody is ever going to mistake the TJUGO for a random paperback.