Kids’ Devices Running Flat Too Quickly?

Why You Need To Invest In Quality Batteries

It seems like every device your kids have these days needs batteries, and every parent will recognize the familiar cry: “Mom, my toy car won’t work!” or “Dad, my controller battery’s flat again!”

Most families have drawers full of batteries and live in fear of them running out – after all, there’s nothing worse than having to tell an expectant and angry child that they’ll have to wait until the store opens before they can play with their favorite gadget again. 

Cheap And Cheerful Or An Investment Purchase?

However, when it comes to stocking up on batteries, how do you decide which ones to get? Do you go cheap and cheerful and buy a pack from Dollar Tree, or do you invest in a more expensive brand that markets itself as the longest lasting batteries on the shelf? 

Most parents are all about saving money, and if they can cut back anywhere they will – after all, times are tight – so batteries might seem to be an area in which they can make a significant saving, considering that the price difference between the most expensive brands and the cheapest ones can be several Dollars. 

However, experts are in agreement that when it comes to keeping the kids’ toys and devices running, buying cheap batteries is definitely false economy, and might, in some cases also be potentially hazardous. 

Considering Safety 

If you buy cheap batteries online, there’s no guarantee that they’re going to be safe to use. Some overseas manufacturers don’t have the same safety standards as we do, and even worse, may not have any regulations at all regarding safety testing. That means that they could be potentially dangerous when used inside children’s toys. Some low cost batteries corrode quickly, leaking potentially hazardous chemicals which could be poisonous to children who may put toys in their mouths. Also, when batteries corrode, they can permanently damage the gadget or toy, which could break it completely – and that’s something that no parent wants to happen to their child’s favorite toy.

Battery Life

Cheap batteries are also often false economy since many of them don’t last as long as better quality brands. This means that, although the initial outlay might be lower, you’ll end up spending more in the long run on replacements, and you’ll also be at risk of incurring the wrath of your child when there aren’t any spares left to power the gadget of the moment. Also, as you’ll be replacing more frequently, that means that there’ll be more waste and more damage to the environment, so poor quality batteries are also a non-eco-friendly choice. 

Which Batteries To Buy?

When it comes to low drain devices like TV remotes or alarm clocks, disposable batteries, even cheap ones, should be just fine. However, the general consensus is that rechargeable lithium batteries are the best choice for powering children’s toys and gadgets because of their long lifespan. There are many brands of rechargeable batteries on the market, however they aren’t all created equal, so you still need to take care to buy a well known brand. Cheap rechargeable batteries may represent a fire hazard if they overheat, and this is obviously a major safety concern, especially when in the hands of children. 

Whether you buy rechargeables or disposable batteries, you need to take care to only buy a recognized brand for your child’s safety and for the good of your own bank balance. 

Most kids’ devices are high drain, and as rechargeables can be charged back up numerous times, they represent great value for money and they’ll also help to protect the environment. 

By Zunammie Keren

Taken from the April 2018 issue of Geek Parenting, out now!

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