IKEA Australia launches new rechargeable battery range

Peter Terlato 20 April 2017 NEWS


Households could save up to $298 a year on energy costs.

Continuing its ongoing sustainability efforts in Australia, global homewares retailer IKEA has launched a new range of rechargeable batteries and chargers.

IKEA's LADDA batteries ($4.49 for a four-pack) can be recharged 1,500 times each and are compatible with the compact, USB-equipped VINNINGE portable charger ($4.00).

The new range also includes the STORHÖGEN battery charger ($40.00). This device has inbuilt cable management, which means its can be disguised as a book or hung from a wall, and can charge up to 12 AA or AAA batteries at once.

IKEA Australia home furnishing expert Helen Longford has said that customers have encountered many challenges when using rechargeable batteries, which often deters them from purchasing these devices.

"They're never charged when needed and require bulky stations. People find them too costly," she said.

IKEA's rechargeable solutions offer a fix for these concerns while promoting sustainable home living.

Based on a home containing four remote controls, two flashlights, two gaming controllers and one remote-controlled toy, which altogether use 19 disposable alkaline batteries, IKEA calculates Australian households could save up to $298 each year by switching to their new rechargeable battery range.

In March, IKEA released a new smart lighting collection that allows users to remotely control, automate and adjust their home lighting using either a controller or the TRÅDFRI app for phones and tablets. It also features globes and light panels that can dim and switch between warm and cool light.

Last year IKEA released its Australia People & Planet Positive Report, emphasising its commitment to sustainability and identifying ways in which Aussies can save energy, money and the environment.

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