How to Choose the Right Battery for your High-Drain Professional Devices

| BlackHawk Team

Batteries are one of the most common tools we use in the workplace. We use them everywhere, from the dozens of smoke detectors throughout a building to every computer mouse on every desk. They’re easy to buy, easy to use, easy to toss. Batteries may seem simple enough, but the cost of constantly replacing them can surprisingly ramp up operating costs. Have you ever stopped to check how much money your company is spending on batteries?    

Our partners at Duracell recently developed a new technology in batteries specifically designed for professional use and OEMS (original equipment manufacturers): the Procell Alkaline Intense Power battery. By conducting intensive lab testing as well as testing in real-world devices with OEM partners, Duracell’s Procell division discovered that the way to dramatically extend battery life and cut replacement costs is to engineer device-specific industrial alkaline batteries with unique power profiles. That means that certain devices in the workplace that go through batteries more quickly than others (high-drain devices) can last longer on this new line of batteries. Some of these high-drain devices include control panels, smart door locks and automatic bathroom sinks.

Which battery should I use?

Procell Alkaline Intense Power

Use for high-drain devices

  • Electronic door locks
  • Soap dispensers
  • Security cameras
  • Safe boxes
  • Automatic faucets
  • Motorized blinds
  • Paper towel dispensers
  • Automatic odorizers
  • Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers
  • Flashlights

Procell Alkaline general purpose batteries for professional devices

Use for general purpose professional devices

  • Alarm panels
  • Motion sensors
  • Smoke detectors
  • Remote controls
  • Toilet flush valves
  • 2-way radios

According to Duracell, in addition to the new line, the original Procell Alkaline battery has also been redesigned for longer lasting (vs. previous Procell batteries) and for consistent performance in general-purpose devices.

Companies can minimize costly battery replacements and increase profitability by switching to the new battery technology. The bulk packaging of Procell, compared to retail batteries, means a less expensive purchase price. Plus, choosing the appropriate battery means maximizing the battery’s longevity which leads to minimizing the replacements. In other words, if you choose the right battery you won’t have to spend as much on replacement costs which can also include paying someone labor fees for replacing the batteries. 

BlackHawk Industrial is proud to offer top of the line products like Duracell batteries which can be purchased right here on the BlackHawk site.

For any questions about batteries or any other products sold by BlackHawk, give us a call. We’re happy to help. Our mission is to provide innovative, value-added services and products that reduce our customer’s total cost. Feel free to contact us for more information.

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Battery FAQs:

What is an alkaline battery?

Alkaline batteries are made of different chemical elements than lithium and zinc carbon batteries. Alkaline are recommended for most devices, and are strongly recommended over zinc carbon batteries which have shorter life spans and may not emit enough power to allow equipment to operate properly. Alkaline batteries also work better in low temperatures, have longer shelf life and contain better leakage resistance than zinc carbon ones.

What is lithium?

Lithium batteries are more of a specialty battery. They are generally more expensive because of their longer-lasting life; some of them have been tested to last 10 years. These are mainly for specialty devices such as digital cameras.

Can I mix old with new batteries?

Once one battery needs to be replaced, you should change all the batteries in the device. Mixing new and old batteries will reduce the overall performance of your machine and may cause battery leakage or rupture leading to personal injury.

How can I make my batteries last longer?

There are a few things you can do to extend battery life. Turn off battery-powered machines and electronics when not in use. Remove batteries from devices that won’t be used for a while. Store batteries in a dry area at room temperature without the contacts touching. Storing batteries in the refrigerator does not make them last longer; doing so may actually hinder performance.