Alkaline are great for long-term use in a device, such as in a digital camera or game console remote. Carbon zinc batteries are ideal in a situation where one needs to power multiple devices for one occasion, such as when buying many toys during the Christmas season to be used for a few days.
The prevailing primary battery type, alkaline batteries can power all devices high and low drains. Functioning with a more stable chemistry than Carbon-Zinc, these batteries have a longer lifetime both on the shelf and better performance. This makes them the perfect choice for a long-term use in a device, such as in a digital camera or game console remote.
Carbon-Zinc batteries (sometimes referred to as Zinc-Chloride or Zinc batteries) are intended for low-drain devices. Low-drain refers to devices such as radios or alarm clocks which do not require a high power output. Carbon-Zinc batteries shouldn’t be used in devices such as a digital camera as the high power needed for these could cause the batteries to fail and even leak.
These are ideal in a situation where one needs to power multiple devices for one occasion, such as when buying many toys during the Christmas season to be used for a few days.
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Regulations will depend on your country of residence. However you shouldn’t usually place with the rest of the trash. Most countries have a system in place to recycle elements in batteries. This collection system is usually done by special designed bins for batteries. Please contact your local authorities for the locations of these bins, they can often be found at the local communal disposal system or large retail outlets selling batteries. The batteries can therefore be separately collected and tracked as their elements are recycled or disposed of safely.
No, the battery industry has made great efforts to eliminate cadmium and mercury from batteries. We at Kodak are proud to say that none of our batteries contain mercury or cadmium (indicated by this logo)
Yes, the properties of a rechargeable NiMH correspond in voltage and discharge rate to other batteries. However for smoke detectors and gas leaks detectors it has been noted that as the voltage of NiMH batteries drops very fast as they “die”, the detector will run out of energy shortly after it gives the warning signal of failing battery. In this instance, we recommend using our Alkaline Xtralife or MAX batteries. Their long discharge time combined with a slow voltage drop as the battery “dies” make them suitable for smoke detectors: lasting a long time and the warning signal will last longer than for rechargeable batteries.
In the unlikely event of a rupture or a leak, isolate the device such that the leak doesn’t come into contact with yourself or any sensitive goods. Please keep the device and batteries unchanged as we may need you to send these to us if we need to investigate the matter further. Clean all other contaminated surfaces with water and soap. If contact with the eyes occurs, rinse with water for 15 minutes and seek medical assistance.
No, this isn’t normal. A battery which isn’t in an electronic circuit shouldn’t react. However a loose battery in your pocket can be short-circuited by metallic objects, such as keys or loose change. This would provoke a rapid discharge of the battery and it would heat.
Yes this is perfectly normal. When the battery recharges, this provokes the opposite chemical reaction to when it discharges, this dissipates heat as a side product.
Some rechargeable batteries will lose in storage capacity with time and need to be recharged only when fully discharged. We call this the “memory effect”. This is NOT the case for our NiMH batteries. These can be placed to recharge without fully discharging them first without losing any of the batteries capabilities.
NiMH batteries can be recharged hundreds of times without losing capacity.
Kodak’s battery chargers are designed for electric grid systems at 110V and 220V. They are not interchangeable. Therefore a battery charger from Europe working for 220V shall not work in the US where a 110 V charger is required.
Only recharge batteries intended to be recharged such as Kodak’s NiMH batteries. Be careful to follow the charging instructions of the charger. Badly placing one of the batteries in the charger can cause an over discharge of a battery and cause a leak or rupture. In the same way as when you use the batteries, you shouldn’t attempt to charge batteries of different types at the same time in the same charger.
We recommend storing your batteries in a dry place at room temperature. It isn’t necessary to refrigerate your batteries. Be aware that cold temperatures can cause the chemical process powering the battery to slow down. Therefore the device won’t necessarily run at full performance rate (for example: your flashlight may not shine as bright as usual). Avoid also high temperatures as that will degrade the battery.
Never place a battery in a fire. It could rupture or explode, causing safety risk.
Carefully place your batteries following carefully the (+) and (-) directives on the battery and your device. If you do not place all the batteries in correctly, the device may still work. However this would cause one of the batteries to work against the other batteries. This causes you to both lose energy and can cause leakage and rupture of your battery.
No, using different kind or brand of batteries in the same device shouldn’t be done. Not only will this not improve the performance, but can cause rupture or leakage of your batteries.
We recommend you always change a set of batteries at the same time with all unused and of the same type batteries. Not doing so can cause your batteries to be over discharged, this can cause battery leakage.
You shouldn’t attempt to open or dismantle a battery at home. Attempting to open one in your home will risk exposing yourself to chemicals which can lead to personal injury and/or fire.
Charging a non-rechargeable battery can lead to leakage or rupture of the battery damaging your equipment.
Only recharge batteries clearly labelled as rechargeable.
The non-rechargeable batteries are clearly indicated with a “do not recharge” logo
The first battery was created by Alessandro Volta in 1800. It was prompted by the discovery of “animal electricity” which Luigi Galvani made when he placed two different metals in a frog leg and noticed the leg twitched. As Alessandro Volta believed that the leg contraction was due to the metals and not the animal nature, he proved such by creating the first battery: a column of alternating disks of Zinc (anode) and copper (cathode) separated by a cloth soaked in brine (the electrolyte). This battery was called the Voltaic pile.
Electricity is commonly seen as the movement of electrons.
Voltage is defined by how much energy each electron has as it moves. The voltage of a battery is defined by the elements in the positive and negative side (cathode and anode). For example, Zinc/Manganese oxide in our alkaline batteries gives us a voltage of 1.5V.
Current is expressed in Amps (A). It quantifies how many electrons are flowing per second.
The capacity of a battery defines how much total energy is stored in each battery.
The power output of a battery is how much energy a battery can give at a given time. This is a very important factor as it defines what you should use the battery for. High drain devices (such as cameras) require a high power output battery (such as our Ultra range batteries). Low drain devices (such as remote controls or clocks) only need a small amount of power to function.
A battery is made up of three parts:
Negative side (called an anode)
Positive side (called a cathode) and
An electrolyte (most often a liquid)placed between the anode and the cathode
When in physical contact, the anode reacts spontaneously with the cathode. In a battery though, the two elements are separated by the electrolyte. This reaction only needs an electrical contact between the two sides of the battery to occur. Therefore as we place the battery into our device, this energy is released as electrons moving through the circuit from the anode to the cathode: electricity to power our device!
As an example, our Alkaline batteries are composed of the following elements: Zinc as an anode, which reacts with Manganese oxide as a cathode, with a aqueous alkaline solution as the separating electrolyte.