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    C Batteries

    C batteries are known as 'dry cell' batteries, due to the fact that they were created to operate in applications or products with minimal internal moisture. C batteries are larger than other standard dry cell batteries, such as AA and AAA, and as such they offer a reliability and longevity you may not get from other batteries in the same circumstances.

    C batteries are built to the standard size of 50mm/1.97inches in length x 26.2mm/1.03inches in diameter.

    C batteries are also known as R14s, following their designation by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

    What are C batteries used for?

    Typically for high drain applications like torches, digital cameras or security lighting, where you require a battery that will last a long time, the C battery can be installed to suit those needs. Coming in a variety of brands and capacities, always check what applications you will be using them for. For help choosing the type of battery best suited to your needs, please see our C batteries guide.

    Standard C batteries are ideal for portable devices which consume mid-high levels of power. They are widely used in:

    • Torches
    • Cameras
    • Radios
    • Intruder alarms
    • Musical instruments
    • Walkie-talkies
    • Toys

    What types of C batteries are there?

    C batteries are available in standard (non-rechargeable) and rechargeable types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. For more information on our rechargeable C batteries, please visit our range here.

    Standard C batteries are available in two chemical types:

    • Alkaline – these are the most widely used types of batteries due to their energy density and long shelf life and are commonly found in everyday items.
    • Lithium – Also noted for their long performance lives, lithium C batteries are distinct from the rechargeable lithium-ion V batteries typically found in laptops or smartphones.
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