Batteries can be a big hassle when you’re travelling. They are heavy. Often they are expensive and can not easily be purchased in foreign countries, especially non-standard batteries. And most importantly they power devices that are often essential to your travel experience and safety.
This is our Ultimate Guide for Batteries when Travelling.
First Tip – How to Save on your baggage weight by reducing Battery weight, and at the same time making you batteries more reliable?
The answer is simple. There are two different type of common batteries. The typical batteries you buy in the supermarket are Alkaline Batteries. The reason they are being sold everywhere is that they are much cheaper than the other type – Lithium Batteries. But that’s where the upside ends.
Lithium batteries are much lighter than Alkaline batteries, making them perfect for travelling and for portable devices. Another advantage is that they work more reliably in more extreme temperatures – for example if you’re going for a Ski Trip or to the Desert. By far the biggest advantage is the time they last – Lithium batteries last up to 4 times longer than Alkaline batteries. Which means you have to carry far less batteries, and the chance they are empty in the wrong moment will be far smaller.
And the price difference is not that big, you are going to pay around 5-6 times more, which considering they last up to 4 times longer is almost the same price for the energy.
Second Tip – How to save money on batteries?
This tip is not directly related with travelling, but a general money Saving tip that can help you increase your Savings to have more money over for your next Trip!
It is in human nature to not think very long-term, especially when it comes to small recurring expenses. One of those expenses is buying batteries.
With the average household usage of 60 standard AA batteries a year, the expenses including also other kinds of batteries is around $50/year. Considering a time-span of 30 years, you’re going to spend $1500 on batteries!
But if you instead change to rechargeable batteries, your costs will be a one-time amount of $200 for the more expensive rechargeable batteries and a charger. The electricity cost for recharging the batteries is very small. Considering you might have to replace the rechargeable batteries after they’ve been charged hundreds of years, that’d be an additional $200 over the next 30 years.
That’s $400 total, compared to $1500 for standard batteries. A $1100 saving, and you are helping the environment!