Batteries come in many different sizes and shapes and can be as confusing as determining which tax forms to use when preparing your income tax return. There are all-purpose batteries, specialty batteries, high-tech batteries, primary batteries and rechargeable batteries to name just a few. For me, standing in the battery isle at Radio Shack is much like my husband choosing a shade of “red” nail polish for me from the hundred shades of red polish at our local drugstore – utterly confusing. I simply wanted an all-purpose battery for everyday use; however, what I found was not only different manufactures but also different types of batteries. Now I had to try to figure out which battery I needed based on more criteria than if I liked the cute bunny better than the other commercial.
If you do not have a way to recharge batteries at home, then skip the entire rechargeable section and move over to the primary batteries – batteries that are intended for a single use and are not rechargeable. Probably the best all-purpose battery is the most common battery, which is the alkaline. Alkaline batteries are made in a variety of sizes (A, AA, AAA, C, D, etc.), are cheap and provide a good source of power.
The oxyride battery, developed by, Panasonic provides even more power than regular alkaline batteries and are a better value for non- rechargeable batteries. Oxyride batteries are perfect for use in electronics that require more power, such as MP3 players, digital cameras and iPods, but need small batteries due to the size of the device. They are a good choice verses alkaline batteries if you are not going to opt to recharge your batteries (which is more eco-friendly, green and highly advisable).
Of course, lithium batteries have a longer life and provide larger amounts of power than alkaline batteries. The downside of lithium batteries is they do not come in all sizes (AA, AAA and button batteries), are more toxic and require special handling when disposing of them. But when you want a great battery the Energizer High Tech batteries are light, long lasting and provide superior power for all of the devices that you have come to rely on each day. According to Energizer’s website, these batteries last longer and are safe to use in all of your high-tech electronics. Lithium batteries have been given bad press because of their toxic nature and harm to the environment; however, advances have been made to make these batteries safer and easier to dispose of when they die. If you want a superior battery for everyday use but do not want to invest in rechargeable batteries, lithium batteries give you the best bang for your buck.