Just in time for Christmas: Consumer Reports: AA batteries. Consumer Reports tested both re-chargable and non-rechargeable battery types using digital cameras. **AA batteries are still the most widely sold battery type.
Lithium batteries took more photos than the other types, so they don’t need to be changed as often.
The longest-lasting lithium battery: Energizer Advanced lithium (809 photos were taken before dying)
The best performer: Energizer Advanced, costs $5.40 per pair but just 33 cents per 50 shots.
The top alkaline battery: Duracell Ultra Advanced, costs $3.65 per pair but ends up costing 70 cents per 50 shots.
Rechargeable batteries are a greener choice. In past tests, precharged rechargeables from the major manufacturers provided about 300 shots out of the box and about 400 shots on their subsequent charge. To find out where to recycle re-chargeables, go to www.call2recycle.org.
Safety tips for batteries: Use identical batteries of the same chemistry, brand, and age. Don’t get batteries wet, expose them to fire, or pierce them; they could explode. Don’t carry or store loose batteries next to other metal objects. Stop using a battery that feels hot, changes color, or emits an odor. Use lithiums in high-drain devices such as cameras and alkalines in low-drain devices such as remote controls. For toys that are used a lot, consider high-capacity re-chargeables.
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