Make sure you are powering your device with the right battery. First, check any user instructions given by the device manufacturer.
For more efficient use of energy, refer to our eco panels on the back of our packs for advice on the recommended battery for the device you are using and how often you use it. Select the device you want to power from the selection of icons and your anticipated usage level and we’ll advise on the battery that is best suited for your needs.
Alkaline batteries can be used in a variety of devices and are suited to most everyday uses. The energizer Lithium round battery is designed for high drain and high tech devices (a digital camera for example). Rechargeable batteries should be considered where a device is requiring very frequent changes of battery or in a household where there are multiple devices in regular use.
Some tips to extend the life of batteries can also be applied such as switching off a device when it is not in use and removing batteries from a device when it is not used for a long period of time.
Recycling avoids household batteries ending up in landfill and can also help recover some of the raw materials used for making batteries. Energizer® is active in the collection, treatment and recycling of spent batteries. As a funding member of the 2006 European Batteries Directive, Energizer® is supporting various activities to meet collection and recycling targets.
The primary intention is to divert batteries away from landfill, to avoid metals such as cadmium and mercury in those batteries from getting into the environment.
The materials remaining in spent batteries are essentially the same as those used in their production – typically, common metals such as zinc, manganese and iron. These metals are found in many products you have in your home, such as vitamin supplements and zinc oxide (used for sun protection and diaper rash).
These metals are placed in a steel can and sealed to produce a battery. When the battery is inserted into a device, the metals react with oxygen to produce energy. What is left when the battery dies is the steel can and an oxide. The type of oxide depends on the initial metal used to power the cell. While you may not be familiar with the term “oxide”, you are certainly familiar with one of the most common forms of it – iron oxide, more commonly known as rust.