When you compare the power supply and life of a lithium battery to an alkaline battery, there is no contest – the lithium battery wins hands down. The slower discharge of power allows for a lithium battery to last two-to-three times longer than an alkaline battery, even in high energy devices, such as digital cameras.
You will notice when looking at lithium batteries pricing and costs that they are much more expensive than other batteries. That is because lithium battery makers must spend more on the elements to make these batteries and recognize the significant advantages lithiums have over other battery types. Consider the following options:
1. Lithium batteries come in AAA and AA sizes.
2. Many digital cameras now only take 3-volt lithium batteries.
3. A lithium-ion battery is rechargeable and used in most large electronics.
Replace your alkaline batteries with lithium batteriesMost small electronics and other battery powered devices take AAA or AA sized batteries. While lithium batteries don't match all of the available alkaline battery sizes, the most commonly used are available.
Power small electronics with three-volt lithium batteriesKnown as size 123 or 123A, these three-volt batteries are not available in any other type besides lithium. They are typically available for use in point-and-shoot cameras, camera accessories (such as flashes), tactical flashlights and security systems.
Recharge electronics with lithium-ion batteriesUnlike regular lithium batteries, a lithium-ion battery is rechargeable. It also holds more energy than most other rechargeable batteries and discharges that energy over a longer period of time, giving your device more power longer than any other battery would. That is why, predominately, digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, camcorders, cell phones and laptops use lithium-ion batteries as their power source.
- You must recycle lithium batteries. They are highly flammable and can ignite if exposed to high temperatures, so it is safest for you and the environment if you recycle them. Typically the lithium battery providers you purchase from can take the dead battery back and recycle it for you.