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Which AA batteries perform the best?

Consumer Reports (CR) recently did a study on AA batteries. They tested a total of 15 different lithium and alkaline batteries, including several brands. Here is what they found:

Lithium batteries

  • Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA - CR only tested two lithium style batteries and this one came out on top. It received an overall score of 89.
  • Energizer Advanced Lithium AA - This one came in second with an overall score of 82.

Alkaline batteries

  • Duracell Quantum AA Alkaline - CR tested a total of 13 alkaline batteries and this one is the best. It received an overall score of 89.
  • Rayovac Fusion Advanced AA Alkaline - Overall score of 85.
  • CVS Max AA Alkaline - Overall score of 82.
  • Duracell Coppertop Duralock AA Alkaline - Overall score of 80.
  • Kirkland Signature (Costco) AA Alkaline - Overall score of 80.
  • Rite Aid Home AA Alkaline - Overall score of 79.
  • AmazonBasics Performance AA Alkaline - Overall score of 71.
  • Walgreens W Alkaline Supercell AA - Overall score of 71.
  • Energizer ecoAdvanced AA Alkaline - Overall score of 68.
  • Energizer MAX +PowerSeal AA Alkaline - Overall score of 67.
  • CVS AA Alkaline - Overall score of 62.
  • Dynex (Best Buy) High Capacity AA Alkaline - Overall score of 60.
  • EcoAlkalines AA Alkaline - Overall score of 59.

As you can see by their scores, the higher rated alkaline batteries perform as well as lithium batteries.

The alkaline batteries are nearly half the price of lithium, so if you're using them for low-drain devices they're your best bet. Some examples of low-drain devices are remote controls, toys, LED flashlights, clocks and radios.

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