Here’s a friendly reminder to avoid sure embarrassment this holiday season, like the over 20% of consumers who will fail to buy batteries for the battery-powered products they give as gifts. According to the recent “Toys’R’Us Holiday Battery Quick Survey”, most people say they don’t buy batteries to go along with their presents because: 1) they think they are included, or 2) they just plumb forget to get them amid the hustle and bustle of the season. Unfortunately, neither of these excuses will likely fly with a child who has just received a remote-control car on Christmas morning and can’t play with it until his parents get him batteries at one of the only stores open on Christmas Day.
Despite the fact that you would think manufacturers would now include batteries with products to solve this nagging problem, many of them still don’t. After all, when it comes to maintaining their bottom-line, batteries are often considered too expensive to include with toys and other devices. And, with regard to toys, even if they do include batteries, they’re likely to be very poor quality, only able to provide enough power to make the toy work just long enough to try it in the store, buy it and take it home; dying when they’re needed most.
When it comes to getting alkaline batteries (and one lithium option) that will last for hours of operation in these holiday gift applications – AAs, AAAs, Cs, Ds, 9-volts, etc. – here’s a breakdown of options:
|GOOD||A high-performing battery for basic applications. Find trusted brands like Werker and Nuon at local Batteries Plus Bulbs stores and stock up on multi-packs for a cost-effective solution for your battery needs.|
|BETTER||Rayovac® provides USA made batteries (except 9-volts) that are guaranteed fresh for 10 years! Having been around for over 100 years, this has been a brand synonymous with quality batteries since it began. These batteries are available in all sizes and varieties and are perfect for stocking up for the holidays. Duracell® Coppertop is another option that epitomizes proven quality and performance. One of the most recognizable brands in the world, these batteries are long-lasting, guaranteed for 10 years in storage and ideal for almost any household application.|
|BEST||Both Rayovac (High Energy) and Duracell (Quantum) also make alkaline batteries for high drain/high-tech devices like cordless phones, digital cameras, CD players, game controllers, electric shavers and high powered flashlights. The Rayovacs are guaranteed fresh for 7 years while the Quantums are again guaranteed for 10 years in storage.|
|ULTIMATE||When looking for a long-lasting solution (9 times longer than standard alkaline batteries) that performs well even in extreme temperatures (from -40°F to 140°F), is lightweight (a third less than other alkaline models), and performs optimally with the highest draining devices, Energizer Ultimate Lithium is the perfect option for you.|
Yet another option is rechargeable batteries. These are good in many high-drain, heavily used applications like some of those listed above. Obviously, this is a nice, eco-friendly option, as it saves on the number of batteries that need to be produced and disposed of. However, the best chemistry for these types of batteries is Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and when spent, they should be brought to a local Batteries Plus Bulbs store for proper recycling.
BUTTON AND COIN CELL BATTERY SAFETY – The holidays should be a happy time of year, not hindered by a small child inadvertently swallowing a tiny battery. Pay attention to all of the musical books, cards and toys that use these batteries, and be sure to make yourself aware of the safety precautions associated with little ones and their potential access to these little cells.
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