Sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union
TRAFFIC ALERT The southbound lanes of the 3rd Street Tunnel are closed between New York and Massachusetts avenues.

Which one’s best? Not all batteries are created equal

Consumer Reports tries to answer the great debate: alkaline vs. lithium? (Thinkstock)

WASHINGTON – You did weeks of research on the best new tech gadget and you’ve purchased the top-of-the line item for your loved one.

Now, what about those batteries?

Consumer Reports recently conducted a test of 15 AA batteries and has broken it down by performance and cost.

(Word to the wise: That camera, flashlight, toy, radio and remote control under the tree probably requires a battery.)

In the great debate over alkaline versus lithium, Consumer Reports found the lithium batteries performed better, especially in cameras.

However, if you’re buying batteries for a “low-drain” device, such as a flashlight or remote control, alkalines are cheaper and perform almost as well.

The winner: Energizer lithium battery, $5.50 a pair.

Alkalines worth considering: Duracells and Kirkland Sinature.

Read more at Consumer Reports: AA batteries that shine

Follow @WTOP on Twitter.



Advertiser Content