Ways to Save Money on Batteries
Between television remotes, video game controllers and other electronic devices, most people spend far more on batteries each year than they would like. This doesn’t have to be the case, however, especially if you know how to save money on batteries.
The following tips will help you make your batteries last longer and save a few bucks in the process. This can be especially important in these tough economic times.
Avoid The Hoax
First off, anyone looking to save money on batteries should be aware of a hoax circulating on the Internet. According to this popular online video, you can pry open the top of a 6V lantern battery and remove 32 AA batteries.
This story (and the accompanying video) is completely false. It has even been documented on Snopes.com, a site known for debunking urban legends.
In reality, removing the top of a 6 volt battery will yield you four 1.5V zinc-carbon cells. These cells aren’t compatible with consumer devices which require batteries.
Rechargeable Battery System
Rechargeable battery systems can be purchased for AA, AAA and D batteries. These rechargeable systems are widely available, and the batteries can be used over and over.
Other products are available which claim to recharge throwaway batteries. These products claim to extend the life by 10 times or more, but you should consider doing some Internet research before investing in such an item.
Use A Battery Tester
Just because a battery will no longer power one item doesn’t mean it won’t work on something else. To determine how much power remains, use a battery tester prior to throwing away supposedly “dead” items. These battery testers can be purchased for less than $10 at most retail stores.
Get More Mileage From Your Batteries
If a battery will no longer work in an item, experiment to see if it will power something else. Use a battery tester if you have one, and you’ll soon learn which power level will work on which electronic devices. While you’ll have to move batteries around a bit more than usual, you’ll also save some money over the course of the year.
There’s nothing worse than needing a flashlight only to discover that the batteries have went dead. To avoid this, you might want to consider removing flashlight batteries for an extended period of time. You can also keep the batteries in a Ziploc bag and tape them to the flashlight. This will ensure that you can find the batteries when you really need them.
If you have a habit of accidentally turning on flashlights and draining their batteries, you can place a piece of masking tape over one of the battery terminals. Even with the batteries inside the flashlight, the electrical isolation will prevent the light from being turned on. When you’re ready to use it, simply remove the tape.
You can also purchase a flashlight which doesn’t use batteries at all. These can be powered by either shaking or cranking them.
Cheap Batteries For Toys
In many cases, kids will only play with a toy a few times before moving on to another one. For this reason, I suggest using only the cheapest batteries in toys. If the child takes a particular liking to a toy, then you can always invest in a more expensive brand.
Computer Laptop Batteries
The battery on your laptop computer will work better if you allow it to completely run down and recharge once a month. If you don’t do this, the battery will hold less and less of a charge over time.
Know When To Be Cheap
There’s nothing wrong with installing cheap batteries for television remotes. You should, however, use the highest quality batteries for crucial items like smoke detectors.
Buy In Bulk
While a bulk price seems higher, you’ll actually save money in the process. This will really make a difference if you have an abnormal number of battery-powered items in your home.