Choose the Right Battery: Alkaline Battery or Carbon-Zinc Battery?

Carbon-Zinc Battery

The battery is an essential item in our daily life, and different devices around us need match the right battery to work properly. However, there are various types of rechargeable and disposable batteries on the market with different sizes, technologies, and voltages. How do you make clear which one to use? Do you have to choose the carbon-zinc battery or alkaline battery? What is the main difference between the carbon-zinc battery and alkaline battery?

The main difference between a carbon-zinc battery and an alkaline battery is the type of electrolyte used in these two batteries. However, these specifications are not well known to us, which is why we have to carefully study the capacity, advantages, and applications of carbon-zinc and alkaline batteries.

This article provides some basic facts about the carbon-zinc battery and alkaline battery to help you make a better choice.


Carbon zinc battery, also known as zinc manganese battery, is the most common dry battery. Generally, the positive pole is a carbon rod, and the negative pole is zinc. The carbon-zinc battery is mainly composed of ammonium chloride and zinc chloride. Tiger Head carbon-zinc battery has achieved non-mercury contained with advanced technology, which means you can discard it at will without worrying about its damage to the environment.

The main component of the alkaline battery electrolyte is potassium hydroxide. As the internal resistance of the alkaline battery is lower and the current generated by the alkaline battery is larger than that of carbon-zinc battery, it is suitable for instruments with large discharge capacity and long-term use. Tiger Head alkaline battery is green product without mercury and other harmful substances, So you don’t need to worry about treating alkaline batteries like domestic wastes.

Battery capacity

The capacity and discharge time of Tiger Head alkaline batteries are 7 times of that of an ordinary battery. Therefore, alkaline batteries are suitable for high current electrical appliances, such as toys, shavers, cameras, electric toothbrushes, doorbells, etc. In contrast, carbon-zinc batteries are applied in low current electrical appliances, such as quartz clocks, remote controls, radios, etc.

Service life

Compared with the carbon-zinc batteries, Tiger Head alkaline batteries have higher energy density and longer service life, which means that the alkaline battery can maintain a longer storage time without any capacity loss. Meanwhile, the alkaline battery can work in extremely cold and hot conditions, but the carbon-zinc battery cannot. The efficiency of carbon-zinc batteries will be significantly reduced, and its service life will be shortened if the temperature is too high or too cold.


The shell of the alkaline battery is steel and does not participate in the chemical reaction, so it rarely leaks liquid or causes an explosion. However, the shell of a carbon-zinc battery is zinc, and it participates in the chemical reaction. Liquid leakage may occur, leading to potential danger if the carbon-zinc battery is used for a long time. The sealing plug of the Tiger Head alkaline battery is equipped with a safety explosion-proof structure to prevent battery explosion caused by improper use.


One of the advantages of purchasing carbon-zinc batteries is low cost. Whether in terms of safety, service life, battery capacity, or electrolyte, alkaline batteries are superior to carbon-zinc batteries. Indeed, taking these factors into consideration, the performance – to – price ratio of alkaline battery is high.


Many things make alkaline batteries superior to carbon-zinc batteries. In fact, the alkaline battery is the future direction of battery development! If you want to ensure that all battery-powered devices are operating safely, please consider Tiger Head alkaline batteries, which allows you to maximize cost savings. With the ultra-thin steel shell technology and carbon coating technology on the inner steel wall, the Tiger Head alkaline battery’s performance and the service life are effectively improved.