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Last updated: 12 April 2022


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Disposable or single-use batteries are still a viable option for a wide range of devices, from digital cameras and remote controls to battery-operated toys. We test and review a range of AA disposable batteries as well as a couple of AAA and 9V batteries to find the best value and best performing brands.

While single use may still be useful in an emergency, we encourage you to look at the results of our rechargeable batteries test for a more environmentally friendly and better value option.

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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Our test covers alkaline, lithium and zinc carbon AA batteries from major brands like Energizer, Eveready, Varta, Duracell, Aldi and more.

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

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

Our interactive comparison tool will show you which brands are good value and perform the best for longer, while our Recommended list will help you quickly work out which batteries come out on top.

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      Single-use batteries are available in various sizes, with AA being the most popular followed by smaller AAA and square shaped 9V. 

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        • Performance (high drain) score
        • Performance (low drain) score
        • Endurance (high drain) score
        • Endurance (low drain) score
        • Value (high drain) score
        • Value (low drain) score
        • Capacity at 1V (low drain) (mAH)
        • Capacity at 0.7V (low drain) (mAH)
        • Time to reach 1V (low drain) (mins)
        • Time to reach 0.7V (low drain) (mins)
        • Capacity at 1V (high drain) (mAH)
        • Capacity at 0.7V (high drain) (mAH)
        • Time to reach 1V (high drain) (mins)
        • Time to reach 0.7V (high drain) (mins)
        • Price per battery
        • Price per pack of 4
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