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What You Should Know About Batteries

AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, and all those other letters and numbers that represent those little things that power up all of our portable devices. What’s the good, the bad, and the ugly?

Well, the good is that they provide us power for our beloved toys. The bad? They aren’t cheap when you consider how fast you go through them. And the ugly? They are not all created equally Sometimes, a more expensive or name brand, does not dictate a better or longer lasting  battery, but sometimes it does.

What? Well how can I know? Here’s how.

The simple way? Research.

Batteries change a lot. Manufacturers come up with new products, new marketing schemes, and better (or worse) products. Keep yourself informed. A quick search on google or yahoo can be very helpful with finding the resources you need  find the longest lasting batteries at the best value.

Google battery search

Yahoo battery search

If your having trouble finding reccomendations, keep these things in mind.

1. If you’ve used a brand in the past that has provided you with good long lasting perfomance in your device, then you’re already one step ahead of the game.

2. Off brand, or little known brand batteries generally offer lower performance and are shorter lasting. This however is not always the case so don’t write off those non Duracell or Energizer batteries right from the start.

3. Buy in bulk. Batteries are not cheap. Especially not in small 2 or 4 packs. Buy in bulk to save money. Do the math, how much are you paying per battery? (Pack price / Number of batteries in the pack = Price per battery)

4. Go rechargable. Rechargable batteries are great for products that you use a lot. Although they cost a little more up front, they’ll save you loads of cash in the long run. Not only that, they’re getting better and better as they develop more. Keep two sets, and you’ll always have a backup set ready to go while the other set charges. On top of that, you’ll save our environment from the negative effects of the battery manufacturing process, and the effects of batteries in our landfills.

A few added notes. New lithium batteries off high power and long life, however, they come at an expensive price. For most normal devices, these are above and beyond what you need.

Most importantly, do not throw away your old batteries. Recycle them! In many places it is illegal to throw away batteries. They are not considered universal waste that may enter a landfill. They must be recycled. Call your town to find out where to recycle your batteries, or check with local battery retailers to find out if they accept old batteries for recycling.

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