Lidl and Aldi batteries are best value for money

December 23rd, 2013 14 Comments By Lucy Sweet

There’s nothing worse than realizing you’ve forgotten to buy batteries for your vibrator – I mean, your children’s toys – on Christmas morning. But they’re so expensive, and who can be arsed to fork out nearly a tenner for a pack of the posh ones?

battery man1 Lidl and Aldi batteries are best value for money

Obviously, Duracell and Energizer keep appliances going for a couple of hours longer than value batteries. But you’ll be paying dearly for those two hours. The average own brand AAA battery costs 10p per hour, and 12p for AAs. But Lidl, Aldi and Maplin Value batteries cost just 2p to 4p per hour. Batteries made by Duracell and Energizer, meanwhile, cost between 16p and 23p per hour.

If you insist on long life batteries, prices vary widely. A Which! survey found that the cheapest place to buy Duracell is at Asda, where two packs of four AA batteries were £6.17. The most expensive place was Waitrose, where they can set you back £7.64. Prices have since fallen, but still, that’s a big difference.

But if you want a value for money, and a cheap, cheerful, short lived bang for your buck, best just to stock up with budget Aldi ones and keep replacing them. They might only last a few hours, but they’re so cheap you could probably afford a cupboard full of the buggers – and little Jimmy’s face on Christmas morning won’t be streaked with tears of disappointment.

Comments (14) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Wakdaddy70 December 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Maplin FTW!

  2. Posted by Jamey December 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    A packet of ten top-quality AA rechargeables (Sanyo Eneloop XX) costs £28. they can be recharged 1,800 times according to the packet but just for the sake of argument let’s assume that’s marketing bollocks and halve it. £28 divided by ten batteries is £2.80 per battery… And £2.80 divided by 900 recharges is 0.003p per charge.

    Not per hour of battery life, 0.003p per charge. Of course the electricity will cost you something as well but I dare say they’ll still be cheaper.

    And today’s smart charger will condition batteries (keep charging and discharging to bring them up to full potential) as well as giving you a numerical readout of how much charge they’re holding in mAh (milliamp hours).

    I probably sound like an advert for rechargeables now so I’ll stop.

  3. Posted by Joulupukki December 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Those big multipacks from ToysRUs are about as cheap as you can get and I’ve found the quality to be pretty good.

  4. Posted by Euan December 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    IKEA’s own brand batteries are pretty decent, and something like £1.10 for a pack of 10 AA’s.

  5. Posted by james dewitt December 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    i’m with you Jamey, I invested in some high quality rechargeables so much better nowadays than they used to be.

  6. Posted by HowDareYouBlockMyComments December 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Or you can combine what the article and the guys above are saying and get cheap rechargeables from Aldi. Been doing so for years.

  7. Posted by james dewitt December 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    One of the big benefits of modern rechargeable is they do not loose charge sitting on the shelf, everytime a battery runs out I charge it and put it back in my battery stash. It’s then fully charged ready for when I want to use it. Cheap rechargeable don’t do this. Perhaps it might work out cheaper, but after you have cycled through their maximum charging capabilities and max capacity probably not.
    Even so, I am ok with paying a bit more for always knowing I have a fully charged excellent battery in the house should any of them run out.

  8. Posted by thepearce December 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Also gone down the quality rechargeable & decent charger route.

    Charger – IQ-328 £25 from Amazon
    Batteries (AA) – Vapex Instant ~ £5 – £6 for 4
    AAA – try these : http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/jcb-4x-900mah-aaa-nimh-cells-free-battery-charger-3-48-ebuyer-1761764?page=2#post20310768

    Old thread but good info : http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/8x-aa-vapextech-ready-go-rechargeble-lsd-batteries-for-10-50-1106626

    The feature you want is “low self discharge” – that means they keep their charge much longer.

  9. Posted by Bert December 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Or you could just buy duracell batteries from ebay for a fraction of what the supermarkets charge, 8 for £2.95 for instance.

  10. Posted by jokester4 December 24, 2013 at 1:02 am

    @Jamey
    “And £2.80 divided by 900 recharges is 0.003p per charge.” – Sorry to piss on your parade but it is 0.3p per charge…. your point still stands – rechargeable batteries are pretty damn good these days!

  11. Posted by UJF December 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I miss wonkey

  12. Posted by Joulupukki December 24, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I think wonkey was barred due to his high self discharge.

  13. Posted by Jamey December 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    @jokester4 – You are correct, my apologies for the shocking maths. And if we’re recommending chargers I’d just like to shower praise upon this beauty, you’ll have to pry my one out of my cold, dead hands, probably: http://www.batterylogic.co.uk/technoline/technoline-BL700.asp

  14. Posted by just saying December 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Bought my cheap and cheerful battery charger in Lidl. Fine for me. From what I can tell, it only does one type of battery tho.. the AA.

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