Indeed you can!
I would recommend against using any of the older NiCAD batteries, however.
The newer (and - BY FAR - more efficient) standards is NiMH batteries. (Nickel Metal Hydride.)
I used to be an Energizer fan myself... But as I worked in electronics
retail, I tried many different brands of batteries with our products.
I actually hated Duracell because of the crap quality of their older
But eventually, I had to grudgingly admit that Duracell batteries were
far superior to any other brand currently on the market. (No less
expensive, however. Pretty much the same price.)
I use the 15-minute charger currently available from Duracell. It cost
about $30, but it comes with 4 AA batteries with a rating of 2400 mAh.
This rating is basically what determines how much of a charge the
battery can hold. The higher the rating, the longer the battery will
I also bought an extra pack of 4 AA's while I was at it. I bought all
of this for my digital camera. (Canon S3 IS.) The batteries in the
extra pack had a higher rating of 2650 mAh.
Even using the 2400 mAh AA's, my camera lasts for a few DAYS of
continual use! I will admit that I rarely use the flash on my camera.
But even with the flash, the batteries last several hours with
continual use. The 2650 mAh batteries last even longer. (Yes. I have
monitored and recorded usage vs endurance. I know. What a nerd I am,
eh? :P )
Perhaps you've had bad luck with Duracell before, but so did I. I'm
still not too fond of their alkaline batteries, either. Perhaps you
should consider giving the Duracell rechargeables a try?
to see the product I bought on Best Buy's site. (I bought mine at
Walmart, however.) It is the 15-minute charger system. It works with
both AA's and AAA's. (I had to really inspect the device after I
bought it to see how it recharges AAA's though. But it works great.)
It actually does charge in 15 minutes, too. Every time. It's so
powerful in fact that it uses a fan to cool the batteries while it's
charging. Now that's awesome. :)
Remember to make sure that you give the batteries a full charge before
you use them. Also make sure that you don't charge the batteries again
until they're completely drained. Otherwise you will significantly
decrease the charge capacity of the battery. Duracell has an excellent
guide on their site on how to lengthen the life of your batteries. (I
just found it trying to look on their site for their own
product...which I did not find. Good batteries, crappy web site.
to see this spiffy guide. It actually contains excellent information.
Otherwise, you can try any other brand that you prefer. Energizer is
still second best, followed by Rayovac. (This is from my own
experiences, of course.)
Let me know what you think. :)