Which batteries last the longest?
Posted December 24, 2013
That fire truck just doesn’t light up the same without that thing.
Neither does the doll that makes all those cool sounds.
And that expensive baby toy? Yeah, it requires it too.
Simply put, a new toy just isn’t the same without that thing - batteries. AA batteries are the most popular, but with so many choices - and claims like "world's longest lasting" and "lasts up to nine times longer” - which batteries should you buy?
"There's a lot of misinformation and hype out there, and in the end it can cost you money if you make the wrong choice,” said Dan DiClerico, senior editor with Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports evaluated 15 kinds of AA batteries.
The Toys "R" Us Ultra alkalines gave just four hours of flashlight time and 49 camera shots.
The top-rated Energizer Ultimate Lithium kept a flashlight on for more than seven hours and 609 camera shots.
"Although they're more expensive, lithiums can provide up to five times the power of an alkaline under certain circumstances," DiClerico said.
The Duracell Quantum was the best, and it cost about half the price of the lithiums.
Another alkaline choice - Costco's Kirkland Signature - is a Consumer Reports best buy.
Lithium batteries can be worth the extra cost for digital cameras and gaming controllers - devices that need more power.
But Consumer Reports says to go with alkalines for toys that are used less often.