NIMH VS ALKALINE BATTERIES

Feb 02
2010
Duracell NIMH Batteries

Duracell NIMH Batteries

Duracell Alkaline Battery

Duracell Alkaline Battery

Alkaline are the most common used batteries in households. The number one reason for this is because of the cheaper price that alkaline batteries have over their competition. Consumers seem to buy the alkaline batteries thinking they are saving money at time of purchase, when they are really spending more money over time. Alkaline batteries are not designed to be recharged, and are generally discarded once the the battery is exhausted of its stored power. The only advantage that alkaline batteries have over NIMH batteries is cost and discharge rate. The NIMH batteries cost 2 1/2 times more than alkaline batteries, and have a high discharge rate as compared to the alkaline battery. People who keep equipment stored for emergency purposes, such as flashlights when the power goes out. NIMH batteries do not store well over long periods because of their high discharge rate. When the flashlight would need to be used, you could possibly only have 65 to 70% of stored power depending of course on length of time stored. Alkaline batteries have a very slow discharge rate, and are a excellent choice for these applications. Now with that being said its time to take a look at what NIMH batteries have to offer over alkaline batteries. NIMH batteries have a much higher capacity than alkaline. Bottom line, NIMH batteries have a lot more power to offer for high drain devices such has digital cameras. NIMH batteries are rechargeable batteries, and consumers can expect to get 750 to 1000  or more charge discharge cycles out of them. That’s a huge advantage over alkaline batteries for applications such as remote controls, wireless controllers, and kids toys. NIMH batteries can also be recharged to full capacity in less than a hour. As we mentioned above, the NIMH batteries have a higher initial cost than alkaline batteries. Consumers can expect to pay around 29 dollars for a 15 minute quick charger and 4 AA NIMH batteries included. Keep in mind you get 750 to 1000 recharge cycles with that purchase. A pack of alkaline batteries will cost you almost 5 dollars a pack. So you can recharge your NIMH batteries 5 times and you get your money back on the alkaline batteries, and still have 750 to 1000 recharge cycles left! The NIMH batteries are also good for the environment because they have no cadmium in them as opposed to NICAD.

EDIT: Customer Service at Sentry Safe recommends Duracell or Energizer; see comment section

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Comparison: Lithium Vs Alkaline Batteries

Jan 10
2010

Energizer Ultimate Lithium AAA

Lithium batteries offer a huge advantage over Alkaline batteries. Its not even a fair playing field when comparing Lithium batteries to alkaline batteries. Lithium batteries offer more voltage over a longer time frame hands down. A Lithium battery will last up to 8 times longer in a digital camera compared to a alkaline battery.

Energizer AAA Battery

Energizer AAA Battery

Lithium can power a MP3 player up to 4 times longer when compared to Alkaline. Battery types offered in both lithium and alkaline are AA, AAA, and 9 Volts. Generally speaking lithium does not offer larger general purpose battery types than the above mentioned. Keep in mind when purchasing batteries that some electronic and photographic devices are designed to only be used with either lithium or alkaline batteries, some devices allow either type to be used. Do not put Lithium batteries in a device that requires only alkaline batteries. In some cases when putting lithium batteries in a device that only accepts alkaline batteries, lithium can cause permanent damage due to over voltage.

dollar-sign 2One disadvantage that lithium batteries have to the alkaline batteries is the considerably higher cost of the lithium batteries. Consumers at first were not fond of the price tag of the lithium batteries.  Sense, the sales of lithium batteries have gone through the roof. Lithium batteries have proved to consumers that they can last 8 times longer in high drain devices like digital cameras. The average cost of a 4 pack of AAA Alkaline batteries is roughly 5 dollars. The average cost of a 4 pack of AAA lithium batteries is 12 dollars. Lithium batteries cost nearly 2 1/2 times more than alkaline batteries. Lithium batteries however are a excellent choice for the holidays when numerous photos are taken. Lithium batteries last 8 times longer and cost 2 1/2 times as much as comparable alkalines, we’ll let you be the judge.

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Alkaline comparison to Oxyride(Nickel Oxyhydroxide NiooH)

Dec 10
2009
Alkalines versus Oxyride

Alkalines versus Oxyride

Alkaline comparison to Oxyride(Nickel Oxyhydroxide NiooH)

Oxyride (Nickel Oxyhydroxide, NiOOH) –  Probably the best disposable battery on the market

In 2006 Oxyride came flying out of the chute to compete with Alkalines, and to say the least they do exactly that. They last greater than twice as long as your  standard alkaline in a digital camera or other high drain device, and around 1.5 times as long as high drain alkalines like Energizer e2. Guess what, they are price competitive with Alkalines as well. The only down fall to Oxyride is that they can not be recharged. However with that being said, they are a very good disposal battery and out perform Alkalines hands down.

Oxyride batteries put out 1.7 volts versus Alkaline batteries at 1.5 volts, while rechargeable batteries put out a considerably lower 1.2 volts. But don’t be fooled, higher voltage doesn’t always mean a better battery. Voltage isn’t the same thing as capacity. Voltage is how “strong” the force is, not how long that force lasts. The higher voltage received from Oxyride battery is not a issue to your electronics. Oxyride  batteries are just what the doctor ordered for a disposable battery that fits your budget in your high drain device.

How do I clean up after an Alkaline battery leaks

Dec 08
2009

How Do I Clean Up After an Alkaline Battery Leaks?

All alkaline battery leaks are generally the potassium hydroxide that’s inside the battery leaking out. Potassium hydroxide is a thick paste, it can get hard and form gunk inside your electronic devices. Inside the battery, the paste is wet and used for conduction. When it leaks out of the battery, it dries up. Since potassium hydroxide is a base, you need an acid to clean it up.

Alkaline Battery

Alkaline Batteries

Remember when cleaning your electronic devices; you don’t want to get water in them, as electronics don’t like water. Make sure all of the moisture is dried up prior to loading new batteries into your electronic device. A highly used item like game controllers, are more likely to get a battery leak in them. They go through batteries like crazy, be sure to clean up the spill completely, or you will not have good conductivity.

Vinegar and Lemon  juice is a excellent cleaner when mixed with water for cleaning battery leaks up. You want the water to be slightly acidic. Use a Q-Tip soaked in the acidic water to gently clean the area out of the electronic device. When you use a Q-Tip, you avoid using too much water and control the cleaning.

Don’t forget to wash your hands when you are done. You do not want potassium hydroxide on your hands, as burning and irritation is a common side effect to exposure.

Alkaline Battery Disposal Note:

Alkaline batteries used to contain mercury, a toxic metal, but the government banned mercury in general purpose batteries around 1996. Alkaline batteries don’t have any special disposal requirements — it’s legal to discard of  Alkaline batteries in a trash receptacle. There is a exception which is button batteries, the batteries that are in watches and calculators. California has banned the disposing of any and all alkaline batteries.

Alkaline battery leakeage

Alkaline battery leakage

Manufacturers reimbursement

Many battery manufacturers of alkaline batteries offers a product reimbursement for damaged products due to leaking of alkaline battery or batteries. Most consumers are unaware of this offer from battery manufacturers. Contact the manufacturer of the leaking battery for more details.

Bestbatterytips.com Note

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