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Batteries to power your life

In today's technologically advanced world, the usage of batteries is practically omnipresent. Different types of batteries power the devices we use on a daily basis, and when the time comes to replace them, it’s vital to get the right kind.

Acid batteries vs lithium batteries

There are two main kinds of batteries on the market, acid batteries and lithium batteries. Acid batteries have been around since the late 19th century, with lithium batteries being a much more recent development, becoming commercially available in the late 20th century. The newer lithium battery is generally seen as more efficient and longer lasting than it's older counterpart.

Batteries come in all shapes and sizes

Alongside those two major types, there are many further additional categories of battery. Smaller types, such as AA batteries or AAA batteries, are commonly found in household devices or children's toys. These are the cylindrical items we most often think of as a battery, but there are in fact far more other varieties out there.

Bigger than AAA batteries or AA batteries, C batteries are suitable for long life use in devices or appliances that have a high-energy consumption. An example use for a C battery would be in a remote control car. D batteries are another size bigger again, and are used in high current drain devices. A typical use for a D battery might be in a boombox or a megaphone.

Button cells, named for their shape, vary in size but are generally used in smaller devices, such as wristwatches. These compact battery’s are also used to power calculators, photographic equipment and hearing aids, among other things.

Cuboid 9V batteries work best in low current devices with a long life use, such as TV remote controls, smoke detectors or wall clocks. A 9V battery's blockish shape actually disguises six individual cell batteries inside. 12V batteries can be significantly bigger and power larger systems, for instance, most cars use a 12V battery. They are also often used for emergency power systems or alarm systems.

Appliance batteries for a specific device

Alongside these generic battery types, there are also appliance batteries designed to work with a particular manufacturer's devices. Appliance batteries include mobile phone batteries, as well as laptop batteries or camera batteries. Having a spare mobile phone battery is a good way to get around the problem of short battery life, which is common amongst smartphones.

Using rechargeable batteries is both eco and wallet friendly

Rechargeable batteries have grown in popularity as a more ecologically friendly way to power our devices. Almost all of the cell battery types mentioned above can be recharged. Using rechargeable batteries also costs less over time and is standard in devices like mobile phones and digital cameras. If you’re using rechargeable batteries you may also want a battery tester, which lets you check how much power is left. Most battery testers are very simple to use and easy to read. They can also be picked up cheaply, although more serious users will also find pricier models to suit their needs.

 
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