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A Question of Value
on July 4, 2013
Dear Amazon Shopper,
I am no scientist. I don't know much about the fundamental mechanics of batteries, nor do I know what, chemically, differentiates a good battery from a great one. I do know, however, that what I want (and what most of you probably want) is the best value I can get for my money. On that subject, I have the following to say:
These batteries are significantly less-expensive, per-unit, than their name-brand counterparts. In order to get, for example, Duracell batteries at the same per-battery cost, you would have to buy a package of 100, which I suspect most people would be hard pressed to burn through before the batteries decline. If you subscribe-and-save for the Amazon Basics batteries, cost parity becomes virtually unattainable.
Depending upon the quantity and brand of battery you're looking at, the big names are anywhere from 17% to 80% more expensive than these batteries (those percentages increase when subscribe-and-save comes into play - note that I have not seen any non-amazon batteries that are S&S eligible, otherwise this factor would be irrelevant). In light of this, the question becomes not whether these Amazon batteries last as long as the big-name batteries, but whether the big name batteries last between 17% and 80% longer.
Since my physical chemistry is a bit rusty and I'm fresh out of lab-coats, I haven't exactly conducted any side-by-side tests. From a purely subjective standpoint, I don't notice that these Amazon batteries deplete any more or less quickly than their name-brand counterparts. That being said, IF name-brand batteries DO last longer (which I couldn't say), they would be more toward the 17% end of the spectrum than the 80%.
My conclusion, then, would be that if you can find a name-brand battery that lasts 70 days where an Amazon battery under the same conditions would last only 60 days, it's worth shelling out an extra 17%. My sense is that the disparity is not that great, meaning that the Amazon batteries are likely a better value. If you S&S at 5%, I'd definitively give the Amazon batteries the nod, and at 15%, it's not even a question. There are, however, a few intangible factors to consider:
1. IF the Amazon batteries do not last as long, you will be inconvenienced with having to change them more frequently, which can be irksome.
2. IF the Amazon batteries do not last as long, the environment takes yet another one for the team, as expended batteries piling up in landfills (you can throw them in the trash anywhere in the US except for CA) don't benefit anyone.
3. The packaging on the Amazon batteries is, to my mind, superior. Some simple, recyclable cardboard with two separately-contained rows of batteries. No tearing open the back of a part-plastic container, and no worrying about batteries spilling out of the packaging. The compact, nondescript frustration-free packaging is also easy to toss into a drawer or let sit innocuously on a shelf.
And that, my friends, is the long and short of it. It seems to me that these batteries are the best value to be had, particularly if you S&S, but I can't say that with 5-star certainty as I'm not sophisticated enough to really hone in on their comparative efficacy when measured against big-name batteries.