Do You Know What Type of Battery Goes In Which Device?

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I’ve always been a techy kind of mom. I had the blackberry, have the iPhone, the DSi, the Wii and a host of other gadgets. Yet, the most important part of all of the gadgets, the battery, is the one thing that confuses me the most. Beyond the battery size, I couldn’t tell you what kind of battery goes where. Fortunately, having worked with the Rayovac team for the past year, I’ve been put through a battery boot camp of sorts. Today, I’d like to share some of the knowledge I’ve gained with you because it’s important to use the right type of battery in the correct to device. It not only saves you money but will keep your tech life fully charged.

What are the Differences between Battery Types?

In simple terms, batteries come in two basic types: single-use and rechargeable.

  • Single-Use Batteries, also known as primary batteries have one life cycle and must be replaced when drained. Examples include: alkaline, carbon-zinc, lithium, silver-zinc and zinc air.
  • Rechargeable Batteries, also known as secondary batteries can be recharged and used repeatedly. Examples include: nickel metal hydride (NiMH), nickel cadmium (NiCd), lithium ion (Lilon) and sealed lead acid batteries (SLA).

What type of Battery is Best for your Device?

Battery Questions

Have a battery question here I haven’t answered? Feel free to leave a comment with your questions and I’ll get you an answer straight from the Rayovac team or you can always reach out to Rayovac on Facebook with your questions, concerns and feedback.


Disclosure – This is a compensated post on behalf of Rayovac.

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  1. I honestly had no idea that there were different batteries that different devices ‘favored.’ Go figure!

    • Pretty interesting huh? Before working with Rayovac I had seen all the different types but never used anything beyond regular alkalines and rechargeables because I just didn’t know which type went with what.

  2. Eileen says:

    I get that “glazed over” look when the holiday toys and gadgets get opened and scramble for the batteries. (cuz of course every year I wrap things up BEFORE looking at what is needed and often have to go online at the 11th hour to see what we need…and sometimes have to go to the local grocery store and pay a kings ransom for them.) Hate the extra cost but glad to have all these cool gadgets we must! My husband knows all that being an “electrical” guy. I just assumed all the rechargables could go in all items. silly me!