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Last updated: 19 April 2016

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.

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PERFORMANCE HIGH DRAIN SCORE: The batteries were tested in a rig and monitored by computer. Each of the batteries was discharged into a fixed load. The load was 2 Ohms for the high discharge test which reflects the comparative performance you can expect when using the battery in a devices such as a toy or camera flash.

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VALUE HIGH DRAIN SCORE: a measurement of the performance of the battery when powering high drain devices. While lithium batteries may give you better performance overall, the cost per battery makes them a poor value proposition with cheaper high-performing alkaline batteries giving you better value.

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