One of the main problems with opening presents is getting gifts that say “Batteries not included”. Even still, many childrens’ toys drain them within days, at least during the first few weeks after they get them. Obviously the best way to go is to use rechargeable AAs, but not everyone can afford the batteries and charger upfront, particularly if they need batteries for multiple items.
With all the TV commercials advertising “Ultra long lasting”, “Last 7 times longer”, etc. AA’s, I’ve always wondered how they perform in comparison to let’s say discount or supermarket batteries. Well, you’ll be in for a surprise on what’s the best value AAs to get, going by a review I came across.
When it comes to both low and high drain tests, without even taking the price into account, most alkaline batteries perform very similar with very little difference between regular and “Ultra” series. Ikea’s own brand AAs perform near the top, out-performing both Darcell Ultra and Energizer Ultra+ AAs! As for the price, Energizer Ultra+ costs 8x the price and Duracell Ultra costs 11x the price of Ikea’s AAs. Other discount store Alkaline batteries also did surprisingly well in the tests. Avoid Zinc based batteries, they only last 1/4 that of Alkaline batteries even with low power usage.
For high drain usage, Lithium batteries last roughly 3 times longer than Alkaline batteries, but at 11x the price of Idea’s, they work out about 4 times more expensive in the long run. Then again, still useful for digital cameras or flash-lights where you don’t need to worry about carrying lots of spares.