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The great debate- Lithium vs. Alkaline batteries

For those interested in learning the difference in weight between the lithium and alkaline battery. Trail Ambassador JJ Mathes recently sent us a message about how it’s common knowledge that Lithium batteries outlast Alkaline batteries by about 50%. However, as she points out, did you know one AAA Lithium battery weighs 33.3% less than the same brand of AAA Alkaline battery? Food for thought…

In the picture below, on the left weighing in at 8 grams is the AAA Lithium battery and on the right weighing in at 12 grams is the AAA Alkaline battery. Decide which is better for yourself and enjoy!

6 Responses to The great debate- Lithium vs. Alkaline batteries

  1. Tom Brucia April 8, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Not mentioned is the fact that lithium batteries are marketed as 4X (Advanced) and 8X (Ultimate). I found this article helped me, and I hope it will ‘unconfuse’ others, too: http://www.gizmag.com/4x-8x-lithium-batteries-power/13134 .

  2. Mike April 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    The 8x Energizer lithium batteries are the best. lighter, longer lasting, the only down fall is the price. We will go through 60+ batteries on our up coming PCT thruhike. We use these to power both headlamps and our Spot. The cheapest place I found to buy them is off eBay from China for about $1 a battery which is a lot cheaper then $12 for a 4 pack in the stores.

  3. Mike April 11, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Just wanted to add please check out our PCT blog at http://www.mspct.com we leave April 19th for our 2011 Thruhike!

  4. Lisa July 18, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned NiMH RECHARGEABLES. Although not the *very* lightest option, they are the most economical and, even more importantly, are the only true environmental solution here. (Each and every non-rechargeable, discarded battery has to be handled by municipalities as toxic waste!)

    To make batteries last longer on your trip, keep them warm. Sleep with batteried stuff in your sleeping bag or in a pocket on your body.

    For thru-hikers, a small battery charger can be placed in a bounce box.

    Lisa

  5. Riv August 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Lisa is very incorrect, you should store batteries cold (32 F) to get the most shelf life. But use warm batteries (70 – 100 F) get the best output.

  6. Fast Eddie August 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Please expound upon the 8X vs 4X lithium battery.

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