Which battery type lasts the longest?
Which battery type lasts the longest?
Last Edited: 03/Nov/2015

If you’re wondering which battery lasts the longest, it can depend on many factors. There is no one single answer. Don’t assume that the most expensive will automatically be the best, or that rechargeables will run out of juice before conventional batteries. The biggest factor here can actually be you. Let’s have a look at the batteries available, and make sure you’re choosing the best one for your purpose.

Introduced in the 1970s, the most common type of battery you’ll find for sale is the disposable alkaline battery. There are hundreds of manufacturers, and as a result, the quality varies from brand to brand. We stock only the best brands, including Philips, AgfaPhoto, and Duracell. While not quite the very cheapest type of battery, they’re still pocket money friendly and very affordable. However, they don't last as long as more premium options, especially with high drain devices like motorised toys. When it comes to leaking and safety issues, alkaline batteries from some less reputable sellers are also more prone to having issues, especially in devices which don’t get used regularly. Our manufacturers conduct extensive testing and quality assurance to prevent this. Should you want to avoid this altogther, just take them out of the device between uses. Alkaline batteries can live for up to seven years on a shelf. If you want a cheap, easy to find battery which will give you a decent amount of power, alkaline batteries are probably your best bet.

Slightly more costly than the alkaline battery is the disposable lithium battery. They’re the best choice for high drain electrical items, such as digital cameras or things you’d need to last a lont time, such as smoke detectors. They also cope better in cold temperatures, so if you’re off to the arctic, these are the ones you’d consider. If you’re worried about weight, lithiums are lighter than their alkaline cousins. You will pay more for these type of batteries, but you’ll be rewarded with a longer life than you would with a disposable alkaline. Tests have shown that lithium disposables can last up to 15 years on a shelf. All sounds good so far, right? Of course, there are still some limits to what you can do. In some countries, you can’t send a lithium battery in the post or have them as checked in luggage. However, on the whole they are a fine choice for the majority of customers.

Zinc disposable batteries are incredibly cheap, even cheaper than alkaline, and the perfect solution for devices which don’t use a lot of power, like alarm clocks, radios and remote controls for your TV. Zinc batteries have been around since the 1800s, and not changed a great deal in formulation. However, they would not be advised for use in some digital cameras, torches, or battery powered toys. In almost all instances, the only reason to buy a zinc battery is if your budget is restricted.