Originally posted by
married with children
either or. the rechargeable option is nice while the battery is working and holding a charge, but when it goes out you will have to toss the toy or try to find a way to change out the battery with a new one. Which could be impossible.
That's pretty much my point of view, too.
Also, it depends what kind
of battery a rechargeable toy has, and how you treat it. Treated wrong, rechargeable toys won't last nearly as long. And they seldom, in my experience at least, come with good instructions.
NiMh batteries, which are in less-expensive rechargeable toys, have to be charged and discharged (used) regularly (at least every 30 days), or they will stop holding a charge at all in a VERY short time.
Lithium-ion batteries, which are in more-expensive rechargeable toys, don't need to be charged and discharged as often, but they should be recharged long before they run out of juice, or again, the life is shortened (running them all the way down once in a while is OK, even good).
Whichever type of battery is in the toy, the battery can only be charged and discharged about 500 times (although manufacturers will claim up to 1000 times). That's why we haven't bought any rechargeable toys yet.
We prefer plug-ins.