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Differences Between Alkaline and Lithium Batteries


AA Batteries When you’re looking to purchase your next set of batteries for your household or personal use, an important question to often ask yourself is lithium or alkaline? Both of these batteries have different voltages, chemical compositions, prices, and lasting quality. Although lithium batteries were originally implemented as rechargeable and unremovable devices in MP3 players, cell phones, laptops, and medical supplies, they are slowly crossing over into the alkaline market of AA and AAA batteries. It can often be difficult to determine the best battery for you, which is why we’ve put together a helpful guide explaining the differences between the two battery types. 

Voltage: If you’re looking to replace your alkaline batteries with lithium batteries, you will want to make sure that their voltages match up. Most lithium batteries produce twice as much voltage as their alkaline counterparts, which may damage your electronics if powered incorrectly. 

Power: One of the main advantages of lithium batteries is that they will often last double or triple the length of alkaline batteries. For MP3 players, they will provide up to four more hours of use. When dealing with digital cameras, lithium AA batteries can last up to seven times longer than an alkaline battery. 

Cost: Since lithium batteries outperform and outlast most alkaline batteries, they are often priced at substantially higher prices. Expect to find a package of lithium AA batteries costing at least twice the amount than a set of alkaline batteries. However, the lasting quality and durability of these batteries can make up for the expensive rates they sell for. 

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