Primary Cell Technologies


Primary batteries are single-use batteries, primarily utilized for convenience and lower initial cost. In general, primary batteries have a higher capacity than rechargeable batteries.

ADVANTAGES

  • High energy density
  • Low initial cost
  • Convenient / widely available
  • Great choice for intermittent-drain applications
  • Good choice for low-drain applications

DISADVANTAGES

  • Short life in high-drain applications
  • Not environmentally friendly

TYPICAL BATTERY CHEMISTRIES

  • Alkaline
  • Silver Oxide
  • Zinc-Carbon
  • Zinc-Chloride
  • Lithium (various)