Carbon zinc batteries are one of the least expensive general use batteries available, but aren't as powerful
as alkalines and have a shorter shelf life. Carbon zinc batteries are useful for low-drain or intermittent use devices
including remotes, flashlights, and clocks. Carbon zinc is usually the type of battery included with the manufacturer's
lantern batteries are primarily used in flashlights or
lanterns. They are typically an alkaline or carbon zinc battery and offer reliable performance.
Rechargeable batteries can, of course, be recharged again and again. Rechargeable batteries have a higher upfront
cost than disposable batteries, but will save you money over time. You can also reduce waste and lower your environmental
impact by using rechargeable batteries. Be sure to purchase a good
battery charger so batteries stay charged and ready for the day's work.
Some residents disable
smoke alarms and
carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their units by removing the batteries. Guests have also been known to take
batteries from remote controls and use them in other devices. Batteries also simply drain down and discharge over
time. Keep extra
9 volt batteries in stock to quickly replace any missing, weak, or dead batteries ahead of annual fire inspections
and to minimize any inconvenience to residents and guests.
Battery Storage & Care
Batteries last longer and perform better when you follow these tips:
Use the correct battery size and type as recommended by the device manufacturer
Store batteries at room temperature in a dry location
Keep batteries in the original packaging until ready for use
Promptly remove dead or weak batteries from devices
Never mix old and new batteries
Remove batteries from devices that go unused for a long time
Common Battery Sizes
The most widely used battery sizes are
D. Have you ever wondered how battery sizes were determined? In the early 1900s, battery manufacturers and government
agencies developed uniform specifications for battery cell size and minimum performance criteria. Naming conventions
were based off the alphabet, with the smallest cells being AA and AAA and larger ones C and D sizes. B size batteries
were once available, but were eventually phased out in America.
Many alkaline and heavy-duty batteries can be safely disposed of with normal waste in most areas; however, some cities
and states may require you to
recycle batteries. Always check with your local and state officials to stay in compliance with battery disposal regulations.
HD Supply helps make recycling easy with our
battery recycling kits. Simply fill the container with old batteries, seal it up, and ship batteries to the recycling