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Product review
June 2024

Disposable AA batteries

We tested 1.5V disposable AA batteries to see which lasted longest.

June 2024


Carbon Zinc

Prices are what we paid per battery.
Don't buy
The Anko Carbon Zinc is the least expensive battery we tested, but we don't recommend any carbon zinc batteries because alkaline and lithium perform considerably better. The Anko Carbon Zinc performs terribly across the board in comparison, and it has the shortest shelf life of all the batteries in our test.

Test results

  • 24
    Performance (low-drain)
  • 13
    Performance (high-drain)
  • 22
    Energy (low-drain)
  • 11
    Energy (high-drain)

Good points

  • Very inexpensive.

Bad points

  • Terrible low- and high-drain performance.
  • Terrible low- and high-drain endurance.
  • Terrible low- and high-drain energy.
  • Terrible shelf life.


  • Type
    Carbon Zinc


  • Time to fully discharge (low-drain) (hrs:mins)
  • Time to fully discharge (high-drain) (hrs:mins)
  • Expected shelf life
    2 years

More info

  • Availability
    Exclusive to Kmart.

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