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FROM toys to radios and cameras, most families get through stacks of batteries.

The average UK household uses 21 batteries a year. But the disposable power cells have become the new target of the green campaigners.
Just three per cent of the 30,000 tons of batteries sold in the UK each year are currently recycled.
It means 600million batteries a year go to landfill, where they can harm the environment.
Captain Crunch Battery Test

Batteries … which brand lasts the longest?

STEWART WILLIAMS
New European laws mean shops selling batteries must now provide a recycling point where old ones can be dropped off.
Aside from the environmental concerns, the cost of powering gadgets adds up.
Automatically opting for the cheapest batteries could be a false economy if they don’t last very long.
I tested AA supermarket own brand alkaline batteries in a power-gobbling portable CD player. I also tested leading brand Duracell in the same player.
MORRISONS
Product: 4-pack Morrisons Extra Long Life AA batteries, �1.89
Price per battery: 47p.
Comment: Excellent life in a high-drain appliance of 8hr 27min.
TESCO
Product: 4-pack Everyday Long Life AA batteries, £1.99.
Price per battery: 50p.
Comment: Lasted a very respectable 8hr 20min but not the cheapest own brand you can buy.
SAINSBURY’S
Product: 4-pack Sainsbury’s Extra Long Life AA batteries, £2.57.
Price per battery: 64p.
Comment: Lasted 7hr 20min so fairly reliable but on the pricey side.
LIDL – BEST OVERALL
Product: 8-pack of AA Aerocell batteries, £2.39.
Price per battery: 30p.
Comment: Lasted an incredible 15hr 15min in our test and were the cheapest. A brilliant buy.
ASDA
Product: 6-pack Asda Long Life AA alkaline batteries, £2 (currently on offer at 2 packs for £3).
Price per battery: 33p
Comment: Lasted for 8hr 50min in our test and the second cheapest.
DURACELL
Product: 4-pack AA Duracell Plus, £3.49.
Price per battery: 87p.
Comment: Lasted 8hr 52min. Good quality long-lasting batteries but they are the priciest. Our test proves most supermarket own brand batteries are just as good.

How to get the
best from batteries

  • Check the contacts of your device and your batteries to make sure they are clean. If necessary, wipe them with a damp cloth and then dry.
  • If your device won’t be used for a long time, remove the batteries.
  • Don’t be tempted to mix part-used and new batteries in the same device. The new batteries will treat the old ones as part of the “load” and will try to recharge them, potentially causing leakage and damage.
  • High temperatures and humidity can shorten a battery’s life so store them in a cool place.

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