The Amazon Basics battery charger doesn't try to be fancy, instead offering AA and AAA charging at an affordable price with a couple of neat extra features thrown in for good measure.

Our pick

AmazonBasics battery charger

Great at home and when you travel

A built-in USB port and power switching for international use make this charger an incredible value.

Who should buy this battery charger?

Whether you're looking for a charger to use at home or take on the road, the AmazonBasics model is for you. Not only will it charge AA and AAA batteries, but also your phone or tablet at the same time. Its power switching feature means you can use it in other countries with ease as the charger will automatically adapt to the local supply.

Is it a good time to buy this charger?

Battery chargers don't go through the same type of product lifecycle as many other items of electronics, and while this has been around for a while it's unlikely to be discontinued any time soon.

Reasons to buy

  • Charge AA or AAA batteries
  • Great price
  • Power switching for international use
  • USB port

Reasons not to buy

  • Quite large

Basic by name, not by nature

A battery charger isn't a glamorous piece of electronic equipment, but if you're in the position of going through a lot of AA or AAA, going rechargeable is a no-brainer. You'll save a lot of money in the long run and you'll never be without some juice when your kid's new toy comes along needing a set.

The AmazonBasics model, despite its name, is actually pretty clever and feature packed.

You don't have to sacrifice charging your phone to charge batteries for your kids' toys.

For starters, you don't have to sacrifice a power outlet you might need to charge your phone or tablet because the USB port on the side will take care of that. It's not the fastest charge speed you'll ever get, but it gets the job done, along with other jobs potentially at the same time, which is the important thing.

If you're a frequent traveller, the AmazonBasics charger also has built-in power switching to adapt on the fly to a different country's power supply. So you're always going to get the best charge possible.

Alternatives to the AmazonBasics battery charger

The AmazonBasics charger might be the best, but there are also some other great choices out there.

Runner-up

Energizer Pro

Get started with a charger and some included batteries

The companion charger to Energizer's batteries, the Pro model can charge four AA or AAA batteries in 3-5 hours.

It also has added features like audio and visual updates on the charging process, as well as having an automatic shutoff to prevent overcharging.

Best portable charger

EBL Smart Battery Charger

Recharge your AA and AAA batteries over USB

This is a great choice for travelers thanks to its USB power delivery, allowing you to top up using the same power brick as your smartphone.

It's also pretty compact, has intelligent charging for speed and safety, and you can even hook it up to a portable battery pack and use your battery to charge your other batteries!

Bottom line

The AmazonBasics is a great battery charger for AA and AAA batteries, and combined with Amazon's equally well-priced batteries, you'll never run out and ultimately save a bundle in the long run.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Richard Devine is a Reviews Editor at Windows Central. You'll usually find him deep in hardware, gaming, both or drinking root beer for which he openly has a mild addiction.

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

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