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Batteries – From humble beginnings, come powerful things. would like to welcome you to our Batteries and Chargers Section of our website.

In 1800, an Italian physicist by the name of Alessandro Volta created the world’s first battery by tinkering with some metals and a frog’s leg. Little did he realise the global impact his experiments would have on everyday life for hundreds of years to come.

The simple truth is that by the age of four most people in the United Kingdom use a battery operated device at least once every day. Battery operated devices come in many shapes and sizes and perform a countless range of functions which many of us now take for granted.

From an early age, we give our children battery operated toys that play lullabies to help them sleep at night or battery powered motor cars as we encourage them to play outdoors on warm summer days. As they get older and become more demanding, they look for the latest iPod, mobile phone or handheld gaming device that drains battery power like never before. Even the most technologically inept individual will not escape the reach of battery powered devices. With the vast majority of UK Residents now owning a battery powered watch or wall clock.

It’s an undeniable fact, ‘Batteries truly have become an intrinsic component of modern day living’.

Here at Huntoffice UK, we are constantly expanding our range of Batteries and Chargers to meet the demands of modern day living.

We stock both disposable and Rechargeable Batteries in all shapes and sizes, such as AA, AAA, 9V, Button Cell, C, D, 1.5V, 4.5V, DL123A, N and AAAA. We also carry a wide range of battery chargers. Many of which come supplied with pre-charged batteries so they are ready to use from the packet. We stock leading brands like Duracell, Energizer and Eveready.

There are two main factors (power consumption and cost) you must consider when choosing between disposable and rechargeable batteries.

1. The first thing you must consider is the potential power consumption of the device. Most experts recommend the use of disposable batteries if the device has low power consumption or if the device is not used on a regular basis. Some classic examples are Fire Alarms and Household Clocks. The battery life for disposable batteries will largely be determined by the frequency of use and the chemical ingredient within the battery such as Carbon Zinc, Alkaline, Lithium and Silver Oxide. Rechargeable batteries are commonly manufactured using a chemical called Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad). The energy output of this chemical can be significantly higher than that of the popular Carbon Zinc battery but it has been flagged as an environmental hazard if it is not disposed of safely. Most electrical shops and large supermarkets will have collection points for exhausted batteries. It is widely accepted that the best rechargeable batteries are (NiMH) or nickel metal hydride. They are durable and hold their charge during extended periods of use. They are also less toxic to the environment.

2. It’s important to note that as a general rule, rechargeable batteries can cost significantly more to purchase than their disposable cousins. However, in the longer term, you may actually save money by choosing rechargeable batteries as they are specifically designed for frequent and heavy duty applications. Using disposable batteries exclusively on energy eating devises would require you to replace them on a regular basis and inevitably lead you to spend more on replacements.

Whichever battery you decide is best suited to your needs. You will find it in the Batteries and Charger section of the website.