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What Types of Objects Use AA Batteries?

Jennifer Magnesi
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Although many devices run off a different type of battery, the use of AA batteries is still relatively high.

What Types of Objects Use AA Batteries

Many electronics have steered away from the use of traditional batteries in favor of longer-lasting, rechargeables. However, there are still plenty of devices that depend on old fashioned AA batteries to function. Whether you prefer Alkaline or Lithium, some of the gadgets you can't live without still run on battteries. And in the event of a long-term power outtage, it's good to have tools that still run when when there is no electricity.


Battery-operated toys often have the movement like dolls or animals that walk, jump, sing, dance or move their arms or legs. Remote-controlled vehicles like cars, trucks, airplanes and bikes are also battery-operated and often take AA batteries. Many electronic handheld games like slot machines, poker and solitaire will require AA batteries as well.


Many cameras today come with a rechargeable battery, but numerous older models and some newer versions still take AA batteries. Digital and film cameras taking AA batteries may take between two and four batteries and with usage, the battery power goes down faster than rechargeable batteries do; often, this may mean alkalines will last just 15 to 20 minutes while their rechargeable counterparts can go for a few hours. For cameras using batteries, you will want to have extras with you when going on trips.


Virtually every remote control for the television, stereo and other electronics in your home will require batteries -- often AA batteries. These items do not go through batteries quickly so you may not have to replace them often. Other electronic items that may be battery operated include USB mice, game controllers and small flashlights.


Battery-operated appliances are often handheld appliances like milk frothers, mini sewing machines, portable electric razors, mixers and pepper grinders. Some of the newer models of these types of appliances have the option to charge the base of the appliance by plugging it in or to insert batteries into the handheld portion of the appliance for when you need it to be portable.

Home Safety

Be prepared to use AA batteries in many home safety objects like flashlights, motion detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors. It is vital to have these items working at all times, so stock up on batteries and replace them as soon as there is evidence that they are no longer in working order. You can always buy a battery tester to see if batteries around your home are still working.