With two kids in the house, we never seem to have enough batteries. Whether it is a toy, or a night light, we seem to go through them on a weekly basis. And, because of this (and because all of our rechargeable batteries are being used), we usually look for deals and will experiment with cheaper brands.
A few days ago, my wife was out shopping and, because we once again needed AA batteries, she ended up buying a pack of Sunbeam Heavy Duty batteries. When I first saw these, I knew they were a cheaper brand and would likely have some limitations. In other words, they weren’t a brand I would expect to work in my digital camera. However, as we began using them, I learned these batteries were much worse than I first expected.
As I said before, I knew they were lower quality batteries and, as a result, I did limit what I put them in. I kept them away from battery draining toys and life saving devices like our smoke detector. But, I did use them for things like my kids’ nightlights (we have a limited amount of outlets and rely on battery operated nightlights) and even one of our wall clocks.
When it came to the nightlights, the average battery (including many cheap brands) lasts about 2 weeks before needing to be replaced. I used these in each of the nightlights and they lasted about three days. Fortunately, we were able to replace them with some rechargeable batteries or our kids’ rooms would have been very dark.
As for the battery that was put in the clock, I apparently had some lofty expectations when I expected it to last at least a few weeks. But, in all fairness, we are talking a simple wall clock; not something that is going to normally drain a battery easily. The last battery that was in it came from $1 pack and worked for several months.
I put this in the clock and, a few days later, I noticed the clock was several minutes behind the others. Within another week, the battery was completely drained.
This was a very affordable brand of battery, especially when compared to some of the top brands that are out there. But, the quality is definitely lacking, even when compared to other cheaper brands and, because of that, I don’t think it is a brand of battery we will be buying again.