PORTABLE ELECTRONICS BATTERY COMPARISON | BUYING TIPS

Feb 26
2010
Lithium Ion Batteries

Lithium Ion Batteries

Nickel Metal Hydride Battery Pack

Nickel Metal Hydride Battery Pack

Energizer NIMH Batteries

Energizer NIMH Batteries

Lithium Ion Button Battery

Lithium Ion Button Battery

Buying a battery for your portable device can be very confusing. More times than not consumers are unaware of the differences between the different batteries available. Comparing apples to apples is very important in the battery world. Consumers get so caught up in comparing the price that they don’t understand the different types of batteries. When I say apples to apples, I’m referring to the exact same battery in size, chemistry, manufacturer and milliampere-hour (MAH). The size generally speaking is correct, however the consumer don’t thoroughly understand the chemistry and Mah side of the equation. The old saying that all batteries are created equal couldn’t be further from the truth.Battery technology has come so far over the last decade alone to squash those beliefs. We here at BestBatteryTips.com want to provide some insight to consumers on purchasing the right battery for their portable electronic device.

One of the first steps to purchasing a battery is knowing what your battery model number is. The model number on a battery represents everything about that exact battery. The battery model number tells us what electronic device the battery will fit in, MAH capacity, and chemistry. You will find that while shopping online some battery websites have cross-reference search engines for battery model numbers to take you right to the battery you are needing. Once you find the replacement battery you may have several selection options. Two of the primary selections will be MAH and Chemistry. You can always go with more MAH, it will allow your electronic device to last longer on a charge. However, you will have to pay for more available power. Depending on whether your comfortable with your existing MAH will depend on if you want to upgrade or not. Chemistry is also a very important consideration. Generally speaking I would stay away from any Nicad chemistry batteries if at all possible. These batteries suffer greatly from the so called memory effect. Nicad batteries as compared to Nickel Metal Hydride and Lithium Ion, don’t have the capacity of their superiors. When we talk about purchasing a battery for your power tool, its difficult to buy anything but Nicad. There is some new power tools out there using Lithium Ion technology, but it seems Nicad is in most. Lithium Ion also called Li-ion is what consumers are most familiar with. They are in most phones,cameras, watches, and camcorders. They don’t suffer from memory effect and also have a excellent available capacity. When purchasing a new battery, you can’t go wrong with Lithium Ion. Nickel Metal Hydride also known as Nimh, is also a excellent choice. Nimh can be charged and discharged thousands of times without deteriorating over time. No need to worry about memory effect with Nimh. With Manufacturers its hard to tell whats going. Consumers are gonna be hard pressed to find a portable electronic battery made here in the USA. 99% of all the batteries for these Gizmo and Gadgets are made over seas. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t get a quality product. However its hard to know what you are buying, and sometimes may feel like a crap shoot. Your best bet is to purchase the battery from a retailer who stands behind the product they sell.

So when we speak of comparing apples to apples, be sure to look over the batteries stat sheet. What chemistry am I looking at? How much MAH does this battery offer? Does this retailer stand behind their product? What will this battery cost me? These simple steps will help your battery buying experience, and will make sure you get the right battery for your needs.

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.