Lithium Rechargeable VS AA Batteries: Which is Best for You and Why?

Through North American automotive shops, there are two main camps: those who prefer lithium rechargeable lights and those who only swear by AA work lights. What are the pros and cons of each and which one is the best for you?

MÄKTIG is a great example to use for this comparison, because we offer a variety of options from both sides. For instance, the 702021 and 702205 lamps use AA batteries, while the 702230 and 702201 are fully rechargeable.

AA Alkaline: The Original

First, let’s talk AA. One of the most popular battery types around, this little alkaline-powered cylinder has been around for more than a century. Around 60% of all batteries sold throughout the world are AA. So, why do so many people love to use those in their work lights? Reason one: If they run out, it won’t interrupt your job for long; simply pop in another pair of batteries, and you’re good to go. Don’t have batteries on hand? Simply go to the nearest convenience store, pharmacy, or dollar store—you’re bound to find some.

If you are the kind of person who always forgets to recharge your stuff at the end of the day, an AA flashlight might be more suited for you. Of course, having to pay for batteries all the time can add up after a while; however if a power outage occurs in the workshop after hours, a dependable AA battery-powered work light will always be charged if you have batteries- and it will help you find your way around during the outage!

Lithium: The Latest

Don’t want to spend the rest of your life buying batteries every other week? You might want to consider a rechargeable lithium work light. These offer many advantages.

Aside from the aforementioned battery savings, a lithium work light offers increased autonomy: for instance, the 702106 projectors will light up dark areas for 6 hours. That’s way more than you would get out of AA batteries. At the end of the day, simply plug the lamps—MÄKTIG has many different rechargeable lights for different purposes—and wait until they’re fully charged. The 702106 projector only needs 4 hours to fully recharge its battery!

High-Impact Rechargeable LED Flood Light (702106)


To sum up, whether you prefer an AA-type work light or lithium-type work light, you will find the perfect solution in the MÄKTIG catalog. And if you’re still wondering which one is best, why not get one of each so you can compare them?

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