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  • An Urgent Reminder to Keep Batteries Away from Children

    We all know the dangers of leaving small objects around children; it can be incredibly hazardous if a child gets their hands on something small enough to swallow. It is common knowledge that babies and toddlers use their mouths to explore things around them, and as worried parents we are often watching our children carefully. Unfortunately, accidents do still occur. However, when it comes to certain small objects, the team here at BuyaBattery want to remind parents of the dangers of having batteries around children, including the high risk of fatality.


    Why are they dangerous for children?

    Back in 2014, a paediatrician in the UK had warned parents about the dangers of lithium batteries after 2 children swallowed them and died. Dr Kate Parkins noted that another 5 children, in Greater Manchester alone, were reported to have life-changing injuries.

    Button cell batteries, round and small in size, could look very similar to sweets and this poses a threat in itself. When they are swallowed, the battery reacts with mucous in the oesophagus and releases an alkali, which is like caustic soda. This can burn through the oesophagus and windpipe, leaving some serious damage behind.

    In the news

    Very recently, there have been devastating reports in the news of children getting their hands on batteries around the house. In April 2015, a 3-year-old in Northern Ireland swallowed a watch battery. It became stuck in her food pipe and wasn’t discovered until she was taken for an X-ray 5 days later.

    Unfortunately, the battery had already burned a hole through her oesophagus, and she has since spent 9 months receiving treatment. Great Ormond Street Hospital removed part of her oesophagus and the little girl now can’t eat or drink properly. Doctors are looking to implement a metal support into her oesophagus, with the hope of maybe lifting her stomach into her chest, in order to create a new food pipe.

    The past 12 months

    Great Ormond Street has reported a big increase in this type of injury over the last year, claiming they see at least 1 child a month. In May 2016, a 2-year-old girl swallowed a battery she found in the family’s 3D TV glasses. The battery had burnt through an artery close to her windpipe, and sadly she didn’t survive the injuries.

    Another small child in Surrey managed to find the batteries in the family’s bathroom scales; she is now being fed through a tube and will require surgery.

    batteries X-ray showing a button battery lodged in a child's throat

    What you can do

    If you have small children, you should treat batteries the same as you would treat medicine and bleach. Warning signs that your child has swallowed a button battery can include trouble swallowing, vomiting, choking and coughing. An incident like this can cause life-threatening injuries in less than 4 hours; families are advised to take their child straight to A&E.

    It’s important that you are extra vigilant when it comes to having batteries around your children. If your child somehow swallows a small part of a toy or something similar, there is a clear choking hazard, but batteries can cause even more damage than that. Many household devices have batteries in them, so it’s important that you store these items safely and not to leave spare batteries lying around the house.

    Batteries are a necessity in a lot of our homes, whether it’s for clocks, watches or key fobs. Be aware of the dangers and ensure the batteries stay out of harm’s way.

  • Make the Switch to Rechargeable Batteries with GP Recyko+

    Switching to rechargeable batteries can have many benefits for you, whether you use batteries regularly or you simply want reliability and convenience. While disposable batteries are generally cheaper, rechargeable batteries can ensure you are always powered up and ready to go.

    GP Batteries are running a campaign that you may have seen on TV; a free charger when you buy particular packs of GP rechargeable batteries. Here at BuyaBattery we are giving you the chance to take advantage of this deal, and here are a few reasons why you should!


    Benefits of using rechargeable batteries

    There are a number of reasons why you should choose to use rechargeable batteries in your various devices. They can help you to save money in the long run, as rechargeable batteries can be recharged hundreds of times. This simply means you don’t have to buy new batteries each time they run out, like you would with disposable alkaline types.

    With this in mind, you will also reduce the amount of waste you are throwing out, as you won’t need to get rid of as many batteries.

    Rechargeable batteries will retain their charge even when not in use. For example, GP Recyko+ Pro batteries can retain up to 70% of their charge even after 5 years. An incredibly convenient solution, these batteries will even arrive pre-charged and ready to use.

    GP Recyko+ rechargeable batteries

    GP Batteries have been established as a leading supplier of batteries for years. Their latest campaign offers you an easier way of having good quality rechargeable batteries that are always fully charged whenever you need them.

    The first offer includes a pack of 4 GP Recyko+ Pro AA rechargeable batteries, and a USB battery charger. These batteries have the ability to be recharged up to 1500 times, and with the added convenience of a USB charger, you can charge them whether you’re in the office or on the go!

    This charger will charge 2 or 4 AA or AAA batteries, but please note that if you are only charging 2 batteries then you should place them to the left or right, not in the 2 middle slots.

    GP rechargeable batteries

    The second offer currently available includes 2 GP Recyko+ AA rechargeable batteries, 2 GP Recyko+ AAA batteries and a USB charger. These particular batteries can be recharged up to 300 times and will even hold 80% of their power after 24 months when not in use.

    GP rechargeable batteries

    Both chargers have LED indicators and an auto power cut off to ensure you are safe when using the USB chargers.

    The third deal we were offering is a GP Recyko+ Pro family pack of 8 AA and 4 AAA rechargeable batteries, with a compatible battery charger. This battery charger kit allows you to save money, with the ability to charge 2 or 4 AA or AAA rechargeable batteries.

    GP rechargeable batteries

    So, if you’re looking for an easy way to keep your household devices up and running, simply check out our GP Recyko+ offers for more information, or contact us.

  • Should You Buy Bulk Batteries?

    There’s no doubt that we all need batteries, whether it’s for our remote controls, smoke alarms or something more specific. We can also bet that the moment you need a battery, there aren’t any in sight, no matter how many cupboards and drawers you search!

    Batteries are a product that we will always need; there are so many household items that take batteries and we always get caught out when they run out. But does this mean you should stock up on batteries and have a ready made cupboard full of them? Here are a few things to consider before buying bulk batteries.

    bulk batteries

    Cost of bulk batteries

    There are some benefits to having bulk batteries as they can often be cheaper to buy. Sometimes the more you buy, the bigger the discount you may receive. Many manufacturers are now packing popular alkaline AA and AAA batteries in larger multipacks of 12, 24 and even 40. This keeps the cost down for the manufacturer which is then passed on to the suppliers.

    How often do you need batteries?

    You’ll probably be surprised at just how many items around your house require batteries. Do you go through batteries quickly or do you find that it’s months before you need a replacement battery for your children’s toy or kitchen clock? If you find yourself frequently changing batteries, buying in bulk might be a great solution.

    It can be incredibly handy to have spare batteries in the house, especially around certain periods of the year such as Christmas. How many times have you bought Christmas presents, only to realise that they don’t include the necessary batteries?

    How long do they last?

    Bear in mind that batteries do have a ‘shelf life’ so you will find a best before date on each battery.

    With this in mind, you might save money by buying bulk batteries but it’s only worth doing if you’re going to use them before their best before date! Some types of batteries are renowned for long lasting technology, such as Duracell’s innovative Duralock.  On balance we would recommend only buying enough batteries to last you 2-3 years. Although good quality alkaline batteries have a best before date of up to 10 years, batteries are always at their best when freshly manufactured.


    If you use a lot of alkaline or lithium batteries and appear to go through them quite quickly, you might want a back-up stock ready and waiting. It’s worth noting that if you are planning to buy in bulk, double check that you are buying the right battery first! Avoid ordinary zinc batteries that have low power and short shelf life. Also, avoid second hand Duracell batteries that have been repacked into plastic tubs; Furthermore, look out for multi buy options of batteries in genuine original packaging.

    Battery type

    Depending on how many batteries you use you may wish to consider rechargeable batteries. Rechargeable batteries are already great quality and can often be recharged up to 1000 times or more. The latest types hold their charge a lot longer when not in use. Some products simply eat batteries for fun, such as DAB radios, so for heavy use items we would recommend investing in good quality rechargeable batteries and a charger.

    battery charger

    Contact our team to help you with any questions you might have.

  • Top Features of GP Powerbank Portable Phone Chargers

    With an increasing need to stay mobile, we are often contending with the battery on our phone or tablet running out before we’ve had chance to finish what we need to do. It’s not unusual for us to have multiple mobile devices on us as we go about our daily business, but wouldn’t it be great to have a portable phone charger to carry with us?

    GP have an ever-growing range of Powerbanks which are designed to be a portable source of power for your phone, tablet or other USB device. At BuyaBattery we stock a great variety of portable phone chargers, from simple options to high tech solutions. Here are just a few of the great features that could benefit you!

    portable phone charger

    Portable charging

    While this may seem to be stating the obvious, having a portable phone charger is incredibly convenient. Whether you are camping for the weekend, or travelling to a business meeting, a GP Powerbank can keep your devices charged up.

    Perfect for your handbag or briefcase, these lightweight chargers are a handy product to keep on you. Some phone batteries are notorious for running out quickly, and you don’t want to be caught out with a flat battery.

    Multiple devices

    GP’s range of portable phone chargers are compatible with a number of devices; whether you have an iPhone or Android phone, you can use any of their chargers. Some can charge an iPad or Galaxy Tab directly. Thanks to its USB port, this range of Powerbanks can charge any USB device including the likes of cameras or game devices.

    On top of this, some models allow you to charge two devices at once. Check individual products to see if they possess 1 or 2 USB ports! This is great if you want to keep both your phone and tablet charged up while you’re on the go.

    Safety features

    The development in batteries over the years has meant that better protective features have been put in place. When using GP Powerbanks, you are protected from the likes of over-heating, over-powering, over or under voltage and short circuiting. These GP Powerbanks are packed with safety features and are airport transport safety UN38.3 compliant.

    Easy to use

    Each portable phone charger comes with its own charging cable; simply plug it into the mains or even your laptop to recharge the Powerbank. To charge your mobile device, you can use the USB cable it came with! It’s as easy as that.

    LED indicators are included to help you see how much battery is left in the Powerbank; if you see it is getting low, simply plug it in and wait until all the indicators are lit. Each product will have its own recharging time, so check the instruction booklet or packaging.

    Remember that each Powerbank has a different capacity; this means the time it takes to charge your mobile device will vary. Generally speaking, the larger the capacity of the charger, the more times it can charge your phone!

    To find out more information, contact us today and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.

  • Top Tips for Your Garden Solar Light Batteries

    Each spring, we tidy up our garden or patio to ensure everything is ready for summer. You may also take this opportunity to check your garden solar lights; more often than not you will find that one of more of them have stopped working as well as they should. If you’re not sure how to fix them then hopefully these few tips should help you!

    Why aren’t my solar lights working?

    It’s important that you check all the components of your solar lights to find out which part of it has stopped working. Firstly, the solar panel on each light will probably need cleaning, as a layer of dirt can build up and stop the sunlight getting through. Remember to position your lights in the best position to get sunlight, and if your solar lights tilt, make sure they are tilted towards the sun.

    solar lights

    It’s also a good idea to check the battery compartment and check for any signs of damage such as water damage, rust or broken wires. Also check the batteries are firmly connected, and for signs of corrosion. Inside all solar lights is a circuit board or charge controller that also acts like a switch. When the sun in shining on to the solar panel the circuit board sends the charge from the panel to the battery. As soon as it’s dark, the circuit board recognises there is no light shining on the panel and stops charging the battery, instead sending the power from the battery to light the LED bulb. Quite often once the garden solar light is cleaned, dried out and left to recharge, they do start to work again.

    If your light still isn’t working, the next step is to check the LED or bulb. An easy way to check a solar light LED with AA or AAA batteries fitted is to put an ordinary non-rechargeable battery in the light. Completely cover the panel or take it to a dark room, and if the LED or bulb is ok it will light up. Unfortunately, if the LED still doesn’t work then it’s probably time to throw the light away.

    Why do I need to replace my solar light batteries?

    The most common reason garden solar lights stop working is because the rechargeable batteries inside them have simply worn out. You need batteries in your solar lights as the sunlight powers the batteries, which in turn powers the light. Not everyone realises there are rechargeable batteries inside garden solar lights.

    It’s a good idea to replace the batteries in your solar lights regularly; perhaps every year or two. Almost all garden solar lights use low capacity rechargeable batteries. More recently, solar lights will contain 1.2V NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) batteries. These newer NiMH batteries replace the old style NiCd version.

    What batteries should I use in my solar lights?

    There are different sizes and capacities of 1.2V NiCd and 1.2V NiMH rechargeable batteries that are used in solar lights. The most popular size is AA; these are 50.5mm in height and 14.5mm in diameter. AAA is also a popular size at 44.5mm in height and 10.5mm in diameter, making them slimmer than the AA.

    There are a few other, less popular and harder to find sizes including 2/3AA rechargeable batteries which are two thirds the size of a full AA; measuring 31mm x 14.5mm. 2/3AAA rechargeable batteries are two thirds the size of AAA batteries, measuring 30mm long and 10.5mm in diameter.

    It’s important that you replace the batteries you take out of the solar lights with the same voltage and a similar capacity. For example, if your solar lights had NiCd or NiMH 1.2V 600mAh AA batteries, then we would recommend you replace them with our 1.2V NIMH AA 600mAh solar light batteries. The capacity of your old batteries is usually printed on the batteries in a mAh rating.

    You can replace your battery with a different mAh capacity as long as it is the same voltage; we would recommend choosing your replacement batteries with the nearest possible mAh rating. It is not recommended to replace your batteries with a much higher mAh capacity.

    We have a guide chart below to help you choose the right replacement solar light batteries.

    Old Batteries                                                                                          Replace with

    AA NiCd 1.2v 200mAh, 300mAh, 400mAh, 600mAh                             AA NiMH 1.2V 600mAh

    AA NiMH 1.2v 200mAh, 300mAh, 400mAh, 600mAh                           AA NiMH 1.2V 600mAh

    AA NiMH 1.2V 800mAh, 850mAh, 1000mAh                                        AA NiMH 1.2V 1000mAh

    AA NiMH 1.2V 1200mAh, 1300mAh                                                      AA NiMH 1.2V 1300mAh

    AAA NiCd 1.2V 200mAh, 300mAh, 400mAh, 600mAh                         AAA NiMH 1.2V 600mAh

    AAA NiMH 1.2V 200mAh, 300mAh, 400mAh, 600mAh                       AAA NiMH 1.2V 600mAh

    2/3AA NiCd 1.2V 100mAh, 150mAh, 200mAh, 250mAh                      2/3AA NiMH 1.2V 600mAh

    2/3AA NiMH 1.2V 200mAh, 300mAh, 400mAh, 600mAh                     2/3AA NiMH 1.2V 600mAh

    2/3AAA NiCd 1.2V 100mAh, 200mAh                                                   2/3AAA NiMH 1.2V 200mAh

    2/3AAA NiMH 1.2V 100mAh, 150mAh, 200mAh                                   2/3AAA NiMH 1.2V 200mAh

    If your battery is not listed above and you need help, please give us a call.

    Once you have chosen and replaced the rechargeable batteries in your solar lights, give them a couple of days to get going and you should find your solar lights return to life. If they still don’t work after checking all components, it is probably time to recycle both your light and battery separately.

    Why do my solar lights stay on permanently?

    New batteries cannot cause this particular issue; the batteries simply power the LED. In fact, if your lights are lighting up this shows the batteries are working ok. We would recommend cleaning the mini solar panel as they often get covered in layer of dirt. If the panel is dirty the solar light circuit board will act as though it is dark or night time all the time, therefore sending the power from the battery to the LED during the day and night!

    We hope this information has helped. If you have any other questions, please contact a member of the team who will be happy to help.

  • 5 Must Have Electronics for Travelling

    It’s nearly that time of year again where we begin to think about jetting off for a summer holiday. The good weather helps to get us in the mood for a week of proper sun or even a couple of months of travelling. Travel essentials are often the things we forget every time we go away, despite how important they can be while you’re away!

    Here at BuyaBattery we know which electronics for travelling could come in useful and which products should definitely have a place in your suitcase! Here are just a few.

    Portable phone charger

    If you’re planning to be out and about a lot, exploring your new surroundings and soaking up the culture of a different city, you might not always have access to mains electric. A portable phone charger can be the perfect accessory to have in your bag, keeping your phone topped up at all times.

    High capacity chargers are able to charge your phone between 2 and 4 times, so hopefully you’ll never be caught with a flat phone battery while you enjoy yourself!

    Digital camera

    Perfect for capturing all the best moments and even once in a lifetime views, a holiday or travelling trip is nothing without a camera to help you remember everything! A camera should definitely be on the list of essentials. Despite phone cameras being high quality, you can’t beat snapping your holiday through the lens of a proper camera!

    Make sure you have a good quality digital camera battery that is up to the task of lasting long enough before you have access to a charger!

    Travel adaptor

    Probably one of the most forgotten things when shopping for holiday essentials is a travel adaptor for your desired destination, meaning you have to buy an expensive one from the airport.

    Travel adaptor sets from BuyaBattery are perfect to have in your top drawer ready for next time you jet off, with a collection of changeable mains plugs for the likes of Europe, America, Australia and Asia. These handy little sets are perfect to help you keep your phone, tablet or other electronic devices charged up.


    While you may not be convinced how necessary a torch will be on your travels, we can guarantee you’ll use it at some point! A torch is always a convenient product to have in your backpack or suitcase, even if you aren’t necessarily camping.

    A good quality torch will have a great battery life and bright bulb to ensure it works perfectly for when you need it!


    Keeping yourself entertained while you are travelling between destinations is a must; most people will turn to their iPod or MP3 player to help them pass the time. A great solution while you are sat on a long train journey or during a flight, but make sure you have the right cable to keep it charged up.

    A USB charging cable for your music player will come in incredibly useful in helping to keep your device charged at all times.

    For all your electronic accessories, visit our extensive range of high quality products!

  • Preparing For The Dark Days of Winter

    Like it or not, now the clocks have gone back and the days are getting even shorter, it’s getting darker earlier, and whilst a couple of months ago, we were out walking the dogs in the sunshine at 6pm, now we can’t see two feet in front of us. Yes, folks, it’s wintertime, but don’t let the darkest nights keep you in – there are plenty of innovative ways to ensure you’re able to get out and about in the evenings.

    Walking the dogs Your faithful friend shouldn’t be neglected in the winter – dogs still need exercise and love roaming about in the dark. Keep track of him with a high-vis collar and take a torch out with you. Don’t forget batteries for your LED torchlight though, as not only will it make it easier to find your pet, but it can also provide a great source of amusement as your pet tries to ‘catch’ the light.

    Cycling fun Winter doesn’t have to be a sedentary time of year – why not get a group together and go cycling? As long as you have cycling lamps with charged up batteries and your reflectors shining brightly, you can have a great ride around your local area – or even specialist bike tracks!

    Taking the kids out If you’ve got kids, the likelihood is that they’re going to choose the PlayStation over a trip outside – especially when the nights turn darker. Sneaky parents have a better option though - with a head torch and video camera (again with video camera batteries fully charged!) you can film your winter adventures and they can start their own vlog!

    Camping Want to be like Bear Grylls this winter? Why not challenge yourself and your family to a camping trip, but ensure to take plenty of warm clothes and battery powered heaters with you (yes they do exist). Winter camping trips are cheaper, and some would say more exciting than in Summer, and there’s always the notion of drinking hot chocolate and sharing stories whilst wrapped up in your toasty tent to keep you warm.

    Winter’s not all about staying in and hibernating – so get the batteries charged and get out there to find your own winter adventure – we’re sure you won’t regret it!

  • Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ Recycled Batteries have launched

    Energizer has produced the world's first high performance AA and AAA batteries using recycled batteries.

    Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ alkaline batteries are now available due to technology that refines and transforms recycled battery material into an active ingredient. You can enjoy performance for your devices while creating less impact on the planet due to its 4% of recycled material, which despite only being a small amount is something that was once deemed impossible altogether. Energizer has announced that by 2025 they hope to have increased the amount of recycled material to 40%.

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    Energizer has explained that EcoAdvanced™ "creates less impact on the planet by requiring less mining of virgin material and reducing the amount of batteries consumers need to power their devices resulting in less waste".

    The EcoAdvanced™ range are Energizer's highest performing, most responsible alkaline batteries, compared to their other alkaline batteries that contain no recycled batteries. Both the AA and AAA sizes have an impressive shelf life of up to 12 years, with the AA batteries containing up to 80% longer lasting power versus basic alkaline when used in a digital camera.

    If you want to read more about the EcoAdvanced™ range, please click here.

    You can purchase Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ now from our website now by finding them in the Energizer Alkaline section of our website.



  • Make sure you are buying fresh, new batteries

    Please be wary of Duracell batteries being sold in plastic tubs. Unfortunately you would have no way of telling if these batteries are brand new or have been partly used. Genuine, brand new batteries come from Duracell sealed in genuine Duracell packaging.

    Another thing to watch out for in these plastic tubs is what type of Duracell alkaline batteries are being repacked into them. Duracell Plus Power are the most popular Duracell type sold on the high street, however there are other Duracell batteries such as Simply, Basic and the old Duracell Plus which do not last quite as long as the new Duracell Plus Power range. The latest Duracell Plus Power batteries have Duracell Plus Power printed on the battery, as in the picture below. Best before dates are printed clearly on each original pack of Duracell batteries and also printed on each individual battery.

    Do not accept Duracell batteries with 'Original Equipment Accessory' printed on them. These batteries are manufactured specifically for use directly in equipment by manufacturers. Again you would have no idea if these batteries have already been used by the time they find themselves on retail sale.

    Please note BuyaBattery only sell Duracell batteries in genuine Duracell packaging, ensuring you receive the newest and freshest stock.



  • Equipping a remote workforce with the right tools

    Flexible working can take many forms; working from home, staggered hours, flexi time and job sharing are all different types of working patterns that employees can apply for. The government has outlined that where an employee has worked for the same employer for more than 26 weeks, they have the right to make a statutory application for flexible working. Employees may choose to do this for a number of reasons, but the overwhelming factor is usually a better work/life balance.

    Flexible working benefits employers

    Although the flexible working policy was introduced to support employees, increasingly employers are encouraging staff to adopt this way of working, especially smaller organisations or those that are just starting up. The change has been spurred on by management beginning to understand the added value of having a flexible workforce, particularly those that work remotely. Remote working is an arrangement between a worker and the employer that they can complete their work in a location other than their specified place of work; this could be at home, on a supplier/partner's site or on the road.

    One of the biggest benefits of remote working is that employees are very amenable to it. In some sectors remote working could be the make or break factor for employees deciding to take a job, giving the organisation a competitive edge with both recruitment and retention. Remote working also has a financial advantage; for employees this means less of their income spent on commuting costs and for the employer there is a knock on effect on overheads such as desk space, gas and electricity use.

    Productivity is also increased in those employees that work remotely. Without having to come into an office regularly, workers are saved from routine distractions such as meetings, colleagues, and office noise. Although working at home has its own interruptions, employees who can access 'work' at any time tend to catch up whenever they can, usually putting in extra hours. Ultimately it comes down to an issue of trust. Enabling your staff to work remotely highlights to them you trust them to be professional and do what is needed to get the job done and achieve stated outcomes.

    Choosing the right tools for the job

    If there are challenges with remote working, it is making sure that workers have the right tools to carry out their tasks and be in a position to communicate and collaborate as and when required. Here is our recommended list of tools and resources that can support remote working.

    1. Laptop or similar portable computer device - Current favourites are the tablet and webbooks – lighter and easier portable options than a laptop.
    2. Wireless mouse - Although most devices have an inbuilt mouse, having a wireless separate alternative can be more user friendly.
    3. Wireless keyboard - Staff may choose to use keyboards that are integrated with their laptop/tablet device but having a keyboard is a better option for long periods spent in one place.
    4. Mobile phone - Complete with a spare battery especially for staff that travel for long periods are away from any power source.
    5. Mobile phone car charger.
    6. Laptop battery - Non-negotiable for employees that are away from a physical base for long periods of time.
    7. Rucksack, or other mobile storage option.

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    The following online tools can help workers to stay in touch, ensuring that a sense of team and the opportunity to communicate and collaborate are not lost:

    • Skype
    • Instant messaging
    • Dropbox
    • Google Hangouts
    • GoTo Meeting

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