Dealhacker: Do ALDI Bargain Batteries Stack Up?

Tomorrow, ALDI has a special on a pack of 50 AA or AAA batteries for $14.99 — an effective price of 30 cents each. That's a good price for bargain-basement batteries, but it's not the cheapest we've seen.

For instance, Kmart regularly sells a 24-pack of AA or AAA batteries for $5, which works out at 21 cents each — less than ALDI. Members of IKEA's free IKEA Family scheme can also purchase a 10 pack for $2.99, which is the same price as ALDI.

Whatever supplier, you might well argue that cheap batteries are less effective than expensive models which last longer, or prefer to use rechargeable batteries and reduce landfill. If you're happy with a cheap and cheerful battery and want a plentiful supply, this is a reasonable but not astonishing deal.



    You can see in the picture that they stack ;)

    I'd like to see you guys run some tests to see how much worse (or better) these batteries really are compared to the bigger brands.

    C'mon, do the environment a favour and switch to recyclables already. Single-use batteries contain lots of terrible things if not disposed of properly (and who does?), and there's just no good reason for continuing to use them.

      Single use batteries are 1.5V, rechargable are 1.2V - Not everything runs well on the lower voltage, esp as for every ~3 batteries, you are down a volt. Take this in something using 6 batteries and a 2V drop is sizable.

        You need to take into account the internal resistance of the cell you are using. Seeing as you are talking 1.5v primaries no doubt you mean with carbon zinc or alkaline. Both of which under load will drop voltage horribly and wont actually be operating at anywhere near 1.5v under load. Where as a decent nimh will hold its 1.2v under moderate loads, and even stay above 1v with very heavy loads, which an alkaline will not do.
        Unless what you are using is absolutely minimal current draw, the nimh _should_ produce better results.

      How *are* you supposed to dispose of them? I tried to do the responsible thing last time and dispose of them properly, but when I couldn't find out how to after a few minutes of Googling, I gave up and just tossed them.

        Officeworks have a recycling bin at the front.

          And where does Officeworks send them? On a boat to China to be incinerated?

            They feed them to the Foxconn employees

            they send to a recycling company who supposedly *recycle* them... as to what that means im not sure. Also battery world recycles batteries as well. So there are two options which while they might not be perfect are certainly better than throwing them in the bin.

            Disclaimer: I work at officeworks

    I came here for some benchmarks ... harrumph.

    I use super-cheap batteries from one of those daily-deals sites for low-urgency, low-current things like my phone's BT keyboard. Wouldn't touch 'em for an electric RC car or high-output torch.

    +1 on rechargables. Definitely worth checking out sanyo eneloops. I get a sickening feeling every time I find a single use battery in one of my kids toys that's about to get thrown out. Check with your local council for proper disposal.

    I've tried a few different cheap brands including Dick Smiths and never had one last long enough to be of any worth. Now I just go to auction sites and pick up bulk packs of the more expensive brands. Better value all round.

    Comparing batteries on price alone is about as much use as comparing the value of a Lifehacker article by it's word count.

    Misleading title.

    I was expecting some tests comparing the cheap batteries against brand name batteries.

    Disappoint much

      Yeah, this has been happening a lot lately -- the title posing a question which the article goes to no effort to actually answer.

        I thought this article was going to be an actual comparison

    I havent found any recyclables that are better value than single use. They say they can be recharged X number of times but they die long before. So after years of being a good consumer, I'm going for single use which can be recharged a couple of times in the Rezap charger.
    +1 for the tests but maybe should be looking at Choice for that sort of info.

    It looks like the kmart batteries are not alkaline, non-alkaline batteries generally will loose their charge quicker than alkaline batteries. Eveready are non-alkaline batteries.

    I've started collecting up dead batteries at home until i have enough so i can dispose em properly instead of them going to landfill

    Ditto on the sanyo eneloops,best rechargeables I have ever used.They have a long shelf life until you need them and have also lasted quite a few charges...sold at dickies

    Choice says rechargeable are the best value. Google, 30 seconds, and some real independent research and findings.
    Lifehacker -1

    These things are awesome -

    Hold charge well, have their own light indicating when they are charged, and save you from having to dig out the recharger. Are amazing for travel.

    Bunnings takes old batteries.

    Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Ikea batteries are made by Varta, who have a good reputation when it comes to batteries. I just googled it and it seems to be true:

    I wouldn't put much stock in the Aldi ones, but someone else can prove me wrong.

      I use Aldi alkalines for my cordless keyboard and mouse. They work well and only need to be changed a couple of times each year.

    I opened this article expecting performance benchmarking and test results. All I got was a unit price. :/

    i actually thought you guys were bothered to do some tests

    all i have to say for now is one of your batteries blew u in my purse! you will be hearing from me soon after this!

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