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Types of Batteries

Carbon Zinc: Provide economical power in devices requiring light to moderate drain such as remote controls, flashlights, smoke detectors and radios.

Alkaline: Designed for broadest category of heavy current and continuous use devices and have a longer shelf life and higher energy density than carbon zinc batteries.

Lithium: Designed for optimum performance in high drain / high tech devices including electronic medical and portable electronic devices, calculators and watches. Lithium batteries can be used in place of alkaline batteries in most instances to provide a longer life for a device and superior performance in extreme temperatures.

Silver Oxide: Miniature battery product primarily used in small electronic devices such as watches and car alarm remotes.

Zinc Air: Primarily used in hearing aids and can be used in place of silver oxide batteries in most instances to provide a longer life for the device.

NiCd (Nickel Cadmium): Rechargeable battery used primarily for cordless and wireless phones, power tools and emergency lighting.

NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride): Rechargeable battery with a higher energy density and can provide up to 4 times the capacity of the equivalent NiCd battery.

Lead Acid: Wet-cell rechargeable battery with a large power to weight ratio. Commonly used in large back-up power supplies.

Lithium-ion: Rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries have no memory effect and do not use poisonous metals, such as lead, mercury, or cadmium.

Note: For rechargeable battery recycling and disposal information visit the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation at www.RBRC.org or call 1-800-8-battery.

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