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Last updated: 19 April 2016


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Disposable or single-use batteries are still a viable option for a wide range of devices, from digital cameras to remote controls to battery-operated toys. We test and review a range of AA disposable batteries to find the best value and best performing brands. How we test batteries explains our testing rigour.

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Our test covers alkaline, lithium and zinc carbon AA batteries including products from Energizer, Eveready, Varta, Duracell, Aldi and more.

Our expert testers give every battery a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • last the longest
  • provide the best value in high drain and low drain devices
  • perform at their best for the life of the battery.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are good value and perform the best for longer. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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    This figure is usually based on the pack price divided by the number in the pack. The four pack is the most common, however some of the models on test were only available in packs of 10, 12 or even 20 batteries. Price as of March 2016.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0.45 and 4.25

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      • Overall score
      • Performance low drain score
      • Capacity at 1v low drain
      • Time to reach 07v low drain
      • Performance high drain score
      • Endurance high drain
      • Capacity at 07v low drain
      • Value low drain
      • Endurance low drain
      • Value high drain
      • Time to reach 1v low drain
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      • Capacity at 1V (mAh)
      • Capacity at 0.7V (mAh)
      • Time to reach 1.0V (hrs)
      • Time to reach 0.7V (hrs)
      • Price per battery
      • Price per pack of 4
      • Pack size
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Battery type
      • Country of origin
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