Energizer goes PC

Energizer has announced a new USB charging dock for its rechargeable batteries.

Energizer's getting all hip on us.

In an effort to appeal to the "tech-wired and wireless younger generation," Energizer has announced the Energizer Duo, a charger that plugs into the USB port on your computer--or a wall outlet (thus the "Duo" name, get it?). According to the company's press release, the Duo charges two AA or AAA NiMH batteries in as little as two hours (for two AAAs anyway), though we're skeptical about that time when using USB charging.

In an apparent nod to youth's demand for choice, the Duo will come in three colors, and better yet, includes "an interactive, customizable computer program enabling the user to monitor the charger's progress on their computer screen." The Energizer Duo carries a suggested retail price of $13.99 and ships with two AAA 900 mAh NiMH batteries.

The new, family-friendly charger. Energizer

While it was announcing the Duo, Energizer also trotted out a new Family Charger, a jumbo dock that recharges just about every battery type under the sun. Energizer says it can juice up to eight AAA, eight AA, two 9V, four C and four D batteries at once. That's impressive capacity, but you don't get any batteries with the charger, which carries a list price for $29.99.