Alkaline batteries are manufactured in standardized cylindrical forms interchangeable with zinc-carbon batteries, and in button forms. BatteriesInAFlash.com stocks many popular national brands in both consumer and industrial grades, such as Energizer, Duracell, Panasonic, Varta, Rayovac, to name a few.
Compared with zinc-carbon batteries, such as Vinnic or Player brands of the zinc chloride types, all zinc chemistries produce approximately 1.5 volts per cell; alkaline batteries have a higher energy density and longer shelf-life. Alkaline cells comparative to silver oxide and lithium have lower energy density and shorter lifetimes but at a lower cost.
Alkaline cells are non-rechargeable "primary battery" types and are disposable and in some cases, recyclable, however, alkaline batteries are not valuable materials, so disposal has a net cost to the party disposing of the material. Alkaline batteries account for 80% of manufactured batteries in the US and over 10 billion individual units produced worldwide. Alkaline batteries are used in many household items such as MP3 players, CD players, digital cameras, pagers, toys, lights, and radios, to name a few.
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