Trimming Our Budget

After I became a retiree approximately ten years ago, my monthly income drastically decreased forty percent.  That was a financial shock; however, we knew it was going to happen.  Social Security will only pay sixty percent of your average salary during your active service.

Fortunately, our house and automobile were fully paid, but as we aged the budget for medicines and doctor bills went up.  That was also expected.

When I embraced the photography hobby, my budget for batteries rose to unexpected levels.  Batteries were drained by our two TV remote controls, two Amazon’s Fire TV sticks remote controls, a camera flash, and a P&S camera.  I was alarmed at the increased level of batteries consumption.

I Googled for information on battery chargers and was lucky to find an excellent device known as the MaximalPower Universal Rapid Charger for AA/AAA/C/D/9V batteries –  model FC999.  The device can be had on Amazon for $36.99.  Air freight to Panama was $14.62.

The electronic device will charge the following types of batteries:

  • RAM (Rechargeable alkaline manganese) batteries
  • Alkaline batteries
  • Ni-Cd (Nickel Cadmium) batteries
  • Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) batteries

As soon as I received the new battery charger I proceeded to recharge 17 alkaline batteries (nine AAA batteries and eight AA batteries) stored in a closet.  It took about two days.  I feel more relieved knowing that my budget for new batteries will dwindle to almost nothing.  My experience with rechargeable Eneloop AA RAM batteries has been excellent.

Below are pictures of the MaximalPower Universal Rapid Battery Charger:



If you are experiencing high costs for replacing drained alkaline batteries, I fully recommend taking a look at this convenient device.  It will keep your tight budget under control.

Good Day!

7 thoughts on “Trimming Our Budget”

  1. Hola Omar,
    Here is another tip to check into, during the sunny season you can use a small solar panel which will power the charger. Amazon has them, also. There are solar chargers for smart phone/tablets, as well. We have a yard light in back that runs all night on the batteries charged during the day on solar. I love FREE! haha

    1. Hola Jim y Nena:

      Why didn’t I think of that before? Just for curiosity I’ll take a look at what Amazon has and compare it with the charger I just purchased. Great idea, my friend. Thanks for the tip.

      1. I get great ideas regularly. The current rate is about once ever 4 or 5 years! Jeje

  2. Of course living on a boat is different than living in a house hooked up to the grid. I have a small generator that charges my two house batteries. When it’s going I also plug in my notebook computer, my iPad and my phone and top them off. I also have a small, 50 watt solar panel that I bought because of its size. My boat’s small, remember. It does a fair job and since I’ve bought it it takes care of about 40% of my electrical needs. I charge my electronics through a 1000 watt inverter, a doobie that converts DC power into AC power. THEN, to top it all off, I have a solar-powered battery charger. It will recharge AAA, AA and D batteries for FREE! The AAA and AA can be recharged in a full day’s exposure to bright sun. I don’t know about the D because I’ve never had anything that uses those.

    1. Your comment depicts a shrewd way to recharge batteries using solar power. The same idea was suggested to me by a fellow blogger from Fort Worth. His name is Jim. He is also very fond of Panama. His wife is from Boquete.

      We try to be very conservative on using energy. Our electric bill is around $25.00 per month which is well within our means. Thus our decision to recharge all our batteries, even if they are ordinary alkaline batteries.

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