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Store brands may save you money on household necessities, but generic batteries might not be your best bet, according to recent tests comparing name brand and store brand batteries.

CVS AA Long Lasting alkaline batteries didn't actually last longer than other batteries tested under the same conditions by Consumer Reports. In fact, those generics had less than half the power as Panasonic Evolta alkaline batteries, Consumer Reports found.

Among the longest-lasting AA batteries overall were Energizer's Ultimate single-use lithium batteries, which took 678 pictures before dying, compared with 92 shots taken with a camera using the CVS batteries. As a group, lithium batteries lasted the longest, but budget-friendly rechargeable batteries performed nearly as well, Consumer Reports said.

And rechargeables like those made by Energizer and Duracell could be your best bet for use in digital cameras and favorite toys, Consumer Reports suggests.

For remote controls, flashlights and other devices, alkaline batteries might be your best bet since their charge could last you several years, while rechargeable ones can lose their charge over time, as MainStreet previously reported.

Consumers may not want to rule out store-brand batteries completely, however. Kirkland Signature AA batteries, sold at Costco only in packs of 48, lasted nearly as long as the Panasonic batteries, according to Consumer Reports.

Here is a link to CR's test video. The panasonic evolta did the best as a regular alkaline, and the sanyo eneloop did the best as a rechargable.

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/el...alkaline-lithium-ion-nickel-oxyhydroxide.html

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:cheers: I'd sure like to see the full breakdown report.

I did a lot of research on rechargables prior to my last big purchase of them for my trail cameras, and I ended up going with Rayovac Hybrid's as my best bang for the buck.

Sanyo Eneloops were second, but they cost a couple dollars more. Both of these batteries are made off of a similar format.

Dr. Grant Woods, at the deer meeting in Macon here a couple months ago, said lithium batteries gave him the best bang for his buck, using them at a professional level for deer density studies, where having your batteries not perform up to standards is not an option.

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:eek:: I've found that the Energizer Lithiums last the longest in my digital camera. I've tried others...Duracell, store brands, etc., but they don't compare. Good report, Parker! :2thumbsup:
 

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[rquote=1597126&tid=110765&author=buckwacker181]I will only run Sanyo Eneloops in my flashlights and camera's. They are the best AA out there right now IMO.[/rquote]

:cheers: They sure get some good ratings.

The idea of them not losing any charge while they sit unused is huge. :cheers:

I can't wait to get out this summer fishing and use that Fenix flashlight you told me to get. I'm gonna put a handful of rechargables in my pocket and get out there. :2thumbsup:

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[rquote=1597122&tid=110765&author=lma]:eek:: I've found that the Energizer Lithiums last the longest in my digital camera. I've tried others...Duracell, store brands, etc., but they don't compare. Good report, Parker! :2thumbsup:[/rquote]

I was going to suggest the Energizer Lithiums for your TV remote control Barbara. They ought to be good for SEVERAL thousand clicks. :D

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We ahve always used Duracell. Well the last 10 years any ways. I will have to test out the energizer ones now thouhg. I had stoped using them in flashlights and switche dot Duracell since the energizers of that time dint last long as all.
 
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