Would you replace all of your battery-operated toys with rechargeables?

Contributor: lexical lexical
I have been seriously considering this lately. I want to start phasing out all of my toys that require batteries. They cause me nothing but grief, despite being awesome toys in and of themselves, it's a pain in my butt and a drain on my wallet to have to buy batteries for them. They're never operating at full power when I need them to be! Not to mention they're terrible for the environment.

For example, I recently replaced my favorite traditional vibrator, the Stellar Vibe Heaven (discontinued) with the Fun Factory Mini Bubbles.

Now I'm hunting for a replacement for my favorite clitoral stimulator of all time, the Compact mini vibe G, which is obviously a poorly designed G-spot vibrator (and which has also recently been discontinued).

I'm currently trying the We-Vibe Tango to replace the Compact G, but it hasn't really measured up yet...In fact, neither has the Bubbles, in place of the Stellar Heaven! However, the upgrade from a Jack Rabbit to an Ina was a DEFINITE improvement.

Would you consider replacing all of your battery operated toys with rechargeable ones? Why or why not? Have you already done so? Do you have any tips and tricks for finding things that work for you?

As always, please search for toy recycling programs before throwing away any old or broken toys...or toys that are simply being replaced or improved upon
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I have already done this.
lexical , null , Liz123 , Silverdrop , Sunshineamine , Sohotdinosaur , Apirka , bh253 , sexxxkitten , HannahPanda , deltalima , Zandrock , GONE!
I have thought about it, but haven't made up my mind yet.
Rin (aka Nire) , Ghost , mpfm , Diabolical Kitty , OhMy! , SMichelle , Hibangel , Valentinka , ellejay , Katelyn , Talena , wdanas , LoveDove , Gemstone , WeekendRadio , Girl696 , Owl , roskat , mmmmm , Virgingasms
I would not do this. (Please explain.)
Sammi , - Kira - , Nothere , Missmarc , Toys in Love , DeliciousSurprise , Ansley , LM , P'Gell , Kindred , JessCee , Diabolical Kitty , married with children , Shellz31 , dv8 , AndroAngel , PassionQT , eeep , sausagelover , Antipova , Kaltir , LavenderSkies , Red Riding Hood , Kdlips , potstickers , Gimme More , Piña Colada , EdenJP , bratofthekitties , unfulfilled , bayosgirl , LoveDove , Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama , ~LaUr3n~ , musicownsmysoul , ghalik , Kitka , amazon , SkinFlute , Kitt Katt , Kappa8564 , tunacan75 , Pumpk1nPatch
I would consider this, though it never occured to me before.
samopayn , The Curious Couple , sexy19364 , CaitieLynn , Katelyn , switzerland , padmeamidala , WD40watcher , LaSchwartz , Krissielee , Pink Lily , Kappa8564 , spiced
I am pleased with my decision.
DeliciousSurprise , Antipova , EdenJP , Silverdrop , Apirka , Spring , ghalik , bh253 , Virgingasms , GONE!
I have had trouble finding replacements or am otherwise unhappy.
lexical , Ghost , Diabolical Kitty , Lime , Jenimi , Mihoshi4301 , PassionCpl , Katelyn , lalapetitee , kaylajoy89 , travelnurse
Other, miscellaneous, general disinterest, etc. (Please explain.)
js250 , MeliPixie , Girly Girl , Gunsmoke , AndroAngel , badk1tty , Mistress Jezebel , Kiskatia , aliceinthehole , Red Riding Hood , Katelyn , Silverdrop , LoveDove , Gracie , Undead , Woman China , charletnarouh , ghalik , darkr , Sweet-n-Playful , travelnurse
Total votes: 131 (107 voters)
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Contributor: null null
Oops, meant to vote that I'm happy with my upgrades.
It's really nice not to bother with batteries at all.
Contributor: js250 js250
I like both types of toys for different reasons. Some of my favorite battery operated ones have no like rechargable toys, my plug in wands are too expensive to trade out and my rechargables are too convenient until I have to recharge. I might have a different answer when my battery operateds die, but until then I am happy with the combinations and variety that I have going.
Contributor: Sammi Sammi
I've got a good mix of both kinds, and while I love the rechargeables, if I forget to recharge one I have to wait 4 hours or so, as opposed to popping in a fresh set of batteries into the vibe as needed. There's other reasons as well, and I think that both have a place in my toychest
Contributor: - Kira - - Kira -
I have mostly rechargeable ones, but a few battery operated here and there. When my rechargeable ones all happen to die at the same time, at least I can change out the batteries on the others.
Contributor: Nothere Nothere
I like both. Evolved makes great battery powered toys!
Contributor: Missmarc Missmarc
I like to try out different toys. Sometimes they turn out to be rechargeable, some times they are not. I have been only using rechargeable batteries with my toys.
My boyfriend bought those rechargeable batteries for me link. So far I really love those You can get those in Costco for very reasonable price, they come in a nice recyclable package with a few AAA and a few AAs.
Contributor: Toys in Love Toys in Love
With rechargeable AAs or AAAs I don't really see the need. I guees about half our vibrators are directly rechargeable, the rest we use rechargeable batteries in, and I'm cool with that. - Though as a rule, I seek out rechargeable toys before looking at those with batteries.
Contributor: mpfm mpfm
I like my rechargeables the best, but I'm not quite ready to get rid of the the battery ones.
Contributor: Ansley Ansley
I'm still nervous about the rechargeable craze that's taken the industry by storm. Maybe in a year or two when they work out a few of the glaring kinks. I like batteries. There's just something about sliding them into the battery pack and knowing that I'm going to have a blast with whatever toy I picked appeals to me. Though, we do use rechargeable batteries for a good portion of them.
Contributor: P'Gell P'Gell
The lithium ion battery cell that most rechargeable toys contain only has a limited life. They do eventually fail and die.

My husband and I have a number of power tools, cell phones, toothbrushes, etc that have dead rechargeable units, and if the internal battery cannot be replaced, you are stuck with an expensive tool that you can't use. Cell phones tend to have replaceable batteries, but as far as I know, no sex toys have lithium ion replacements.

The toy we use the most, the Wahl 2 Speed 7 in 1 massager is a toy that runs on home electricity, you plug it in the wall, so they last until the motor starts to act up.

A few rechargeable might be all good and well, but I wouldn't replace all my toys with them. Plus, the cost is prohibitive. One of the nice things about battery operated toys is that they even work during a power outage, even if it's been all day with no electricity.
Contributor: JessCee JessCee
I don't mind having battery operated toys, it doesn't bother me that much... the rechargeable toys that I have aren't as strong as the battery operated toys I have anyway, so no... I would not do this.

P'Gell also has a wonderful point that never even crossed my mind!!
Contributor: MeliPixie MeliPixie
I can't see spending money on different toys just because they're "green" or something. But if there were a way to convert the few toys i have from battery eaters to rechargeables, you bet I'd do it. When I run out of regular batteries I already plan on switching to the kind you can recharge, so that's a start.
Contributor: Love Perpetua Love Perpetua
What about getting some rechargeable batteries? I didn't vote in the poll because my favorite "vibrator" plugs into the wall (Eroscillator), and for penetration I usually use a dildo.
Contributor: lexical lexical
Originally posted by P'Gell
The lithium ion battery cell that most rechargeable toys contain only has a limited life. They do eventually fail and die.

My husband and I have a number of power tools, cell phones, toothbrushes, etc that have dead rechargeable units, and if ... more
I love your point about even rechargeables dying eventually. I wonder what the lifespan is on those internal batteries! Very interesting...

Thanks for your replies, everyone! This is really making me reconsider the switch.
Contributor: Girly Girl Girly Girl
i have never done this
Contributor: Jul!a Jul!a
At this point most of the toys that I use are rechargeable, but I still like having the battery powered ones available for a few reasons. The biggest being that if I go to use it and it's dead, I can just put in new batteries and not have to wait for it to recharge.
Contributor: Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
'Other' My newer purchase are often rechargeable -but I will buy regular battery powered toys if they fill a niche for us.
Contributor: The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
I've never thought of this before, but I think it's a good idea.
Contributor: married with children married with children
I have not had good luck with rechargeable batteries. The ones that are specifically designed for a item are different then the ones they sell in the store to replace AA or AAA batteries. I tried doing this 15 years ago or so, and they did not last very long before they would not take a charge any longer. And they were very expensive compared to regular batteries. I will just stick with my costco batteries. they have never let me down.
Contributor: Adriana Ravenlust Adriana Ravenlust
Contributor: Shellz31 Shellz31
I always use rechargeable batteries with my battery powered toys so it doesn't cost me to keep them going.
I usually go for high end toys now anyway and most are rechargeable.

I'm happy enough with the battery toys I have and won't be finding similar to each in rechargeable form.
Contributor: AndroAngel AndroAngel
I have all battery operated toys. And I bought rechargeable AA and AAA batteries to go in them. With toys with built in batteries, once the battery goes, that's it, the toy's done for. With replaceable rechargeable batteries, I just have to get new batteries, which is decidedly cheaper than replacing a $30-$200 toy.
Contributor: dv8 dv8
I just use rechargable batteries. I don't see the point in spending money on built-in batteries and charging mechanisms that will eventually die. Keeping track of multiple chargers is a hassle. Also, if I need a device at full power in a hurry, all I have to do is swap in a fresh set of batteries.
Contributor: badk1tty badk1tty
I chose other because you don't have an option labeled "I am in the process of doing this" -- I really don't like battery operated toys. Nothing makes me more angry than being a minute away from an orgasm and feeling my toy losing it's juice. Errrg.
Contributor: Mistress Jezebel Mistress Jezebel
I have too many toys to replace but it's a good idea I'd think. Battery operated toys are a hassle unless you have rechargeable batteries
Contributor: eeep eeep
Rechargeable batteries are amazing! Though some of the rechargeable toys are nice, I would worry about forgetting to charge them and being left with no options if I had no battery operated ones.
Contributor: dv8 dv8
Why are people still using nonrechargable batteries?
Contributor: lexical lexical
Originally posted by dv8
Why are people still using nonrechargable batteries?
Man, you are just so much more environmentally friendly than the rest of us. Wow. So impressive!

No, but, really. I have a lot of toys. Am I going to spend time/money buying sets of rechargeable batteries for every toy that I own? Nope. That would not make any sense for me. I leave batteries sitting in most of my toys so that they are ready to use when I grab them. I wouldn't want to buy just one set and have to swap it around all the time...However, I do put them in things that are used more frequently, like my digital camera.
Contributor: Antipova Antipova
Generally, the batteries in your rechargeable toys are going to give out long before the motors will.

With battery-op toys, I use rechargeable batteries (I have some C's for my cone and some AA's for everything else---two sets, on in the charger, one in the currently-on-the-table toy). When the rechargeable batteries everntually give up the ghost, I get new ones. The vibes live much longer if there's not a battery trapped inside.

I'll never "upgrade." I want to try the G4 Calla, but that's the only rechargeable thing calling my name. If it was battery-op I would have gotten it already, too.