Do you want to buy batteries but find the array of options available extremely puzzling? Then follow the short guide below for a quick introduction to the battery buying process:
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Know the Difference between Lithium and Alkaline Batteries
When you browse the battery aisles at your local supermarket, you will know that there are two types of batteries on display: lithium and alkaline. There are significant differences between the two types. Lithium batteries are known to be more stable and lose power more slowly. They are also quite expensive. On the other hand, alkaline batteries are drain easily. As alkaline batteries age, they also release a corrosive liquid that can damage electronic devices and skin.
The type of battery you should buy will depend on the need. For example, if you need batteries for a wall clock, there’s little sense in buying an expensive lithium battery. Instead, choose an alkaline battery for low-drain gadgets like clocks, toys and the remote control. On the other hand, if you have high drain devices that need power but are not always used, like a flashlight, use a lithium battery. Follow this simple rule: if the battery needs to stay inside the device longer without use, choose lithium.
It’s Not Just About the Brand
Is an Energizer battery necessarily better than a Duracell one? Not by brand, at least. Battery tests have shown that the brand name does not affect the performance of the battery. What really matters is the type—lithium or alkaline—as mentioned above. Even so, performance was largely similar across all batteries of the same kind. The only time you need to buy a battery by brand is if the manufacturer recommends it. Even so, it might not be necessary. When it comes to batteries, you don’t really need to worry about the brand.
Batteries are notoriously difficult to test. The problem is performance can vary even within the same type. For example, performance for alkaline batteries, in particular, can vary among the same group. Therefore, you best option is to read reviews for the brand of the battery you want to buy in advance. On average, differences between batteries are well nuanced. However, some batteries do drain quickly. Reading professional reviews will help you avoid these quick-draining batteries.
Assess Your Needs
Instead of buying batteries in bulk, buy batteries for the need at hand. For example, you will need different types of batteries for a wall clock than an alarm clock that you use to snooze daily. The batteries you need to buy will depend on if the device is high-drain, used frequently, or low-drain, is on standby most of the time. It was explained earlier how lithium and alkaline batteries suit these different needs.
Most people are used to buying batteries at local stores. Do not forget that now you can buy batteries online as well. Bargain sites like eBay may offer better prices for batteries when purchased in bulk. So, don’t forget to compare online prices before you make a final purchase.
The above is only a basic guide for buying batteries. Read carefully through it. If you want to make the best battery buying purchase decisions, follow the advice mentioned above.