The Best Place to Buy Cheap Batteries

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The cost of batteries can add up quickly. If you find that you’re picking up a new pack every time you’re out, you may not realize how much money you’re actually spending.

To see where we’ve found the best battery prices over time, I looked back at more than 30 battery deals our team has posted on ClarkDeals.com since 2016. I also compared the current prices of AA and AAA batteries at several online retailers to find out where you’re most likely to get the best per-battery price.

In this article, I’ll take a closer look at a few of the best places to find cheap batteries.

Where to Buy Cheap Batteries

When it comes to getting the best price on batteries, there are a few rules to follow. For example, price comparing, waiting for deals, and buying off-brand are three great ways to save. Using these methods, you can find great prices on batteries at Walmart, Sam’s Club, Amazon, Costco and Best Buy.

“My one rule is that no one should ever buy a brand-name battery,” says money expert Clark Howard. “Almost all of the off-brands or store-brands are made by one of the majors.” 

Knowing that the quality would be the same or similar, I researched prices for some of the most popular and most affordable off-brand and store-brand batteries.

Below, you’ll find detailed information on where to find the best prices, and ultimately, where to make your final purchase. 

Where to Find the Best Deals on Batteries

Over the past four years, our team at ClarkDeals.com has been looking for the best deals available online. In that time, we’ve seen more than 30 great deals on batteries. In the chart below, you’ll see that many of those deals came from Amazon, Best Buy, Meh, The Home Depot and Walmart.

Battery Deals Posted by ClarkDeals.com Since 2016 from Amazon, Best Buy, Meh, Lowe's The Home Depot and more.

As you can see, we’ve posted most of our deals on batteries from Amazon. The best deal we’ve seen on AmazonBasics AA batteries was a 100-count pack for $14. That’s only 14 cents per battery!

We’ve also posted several deals on batteries from Best Buy. In the past, Deals of the Day have included 48-packs of AA and AAA Insignia batteries for as low as $6. If you can catch this deal, you’ll be paying just 13 cents per battery. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen!

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Daily deal sites like Meh also offer great deals on batteries, but in my experience, they sell out fast. We’ve seen some great deals on bulk batteries from these sites in the past including 192-count packs for $30 at Meh. At 16 cents per battery, you’re still getting a great deal.

In the past, The Home Depot has matched Best Buy’s all-time-low pricing with a deal on a 60-pack of its store-brand HDX AA batteries for $8. Meanwhile, Walmart has been a close runner-up with past deals on 50-count packs of discount batteries for $6.97. That means you’d be paying only 14 cents per battery.

The Top 5 Best Places to Buy Cheap Batteries

While finding a great deal on batteries is one of the best ways to get the lowest price per battery, you may not be able to wait for the sale. If you’re looking for the lowest daily prices on batteries, check out Walmart, Sam’s Club, Amazon, Costco and Best Buy. 

I visited each retailer’s website to find the best available deal on AA and AAA batteries at the time of this writing. I’ve provided details about each store later in this article, but just below you’ll see the per-battery cost of each deal: 

AA AAA
Walmart $0.30 $0.25
Sam’s Club $0.31 $0.29
Amazon $0.32 $0.31
Costco $0.35 $0.37
Best Buy $0.42 $0.42

Sam’s Club, Amazon, Costco and Best Buy offer competitive prices on store-brand batteries while Walmart offers great deals on generic brands. As a comparison, I found CVS-brand AA batteries for 69 cents each and AAA batteries for 78 cents each. At the same store, name-brand Duracell batteries ranged from $1.35 to $1.90 each!

“If you buy batteries at a drugstore, convenience store, supermarket or anything like that, what you’re paying per battery is mind-blowing,” says Clark. “So, it’s not just that you buy the store brand, it’s where you buy also that really matters.” 

For the best overall prices, consider shopping at one of these top five places to buy cheap batteries:

1. Walmart

ACDelco AAA batteries at Walmart

While Walmart doesn’t offer private-label batteries, you can still find some of the best prices on off-brand batteries at Walmart.com. At the time of this writing, I found a 60-count pack of AA Rayovac batteries for $17.97 and a 100-count pack of AAA ACDelco batteries for $24.99. These were the best deals I found on AA and AAA batteries during my research.

Note that while you may find low prices online at Walmart, you can expect additional shipping fees if in-store pickup isn’t available

While Walmart’s prices are great on off-brand batteries, name brands come with a bigger price tag. For example, a 36-pack of Duracell AA batteries was available for $30.05 at the time of writing, which means they cost 83 cents each.

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2. Sam’s Club

Member's Mark AA batteries from Sam's Club

If you’re a Sam’s Club member, this is a great place to shop for cheap batteries. 

When I compared prices, I found Member’s Mark 48-count packs of batteries for $14.98 and AAA batteries for $13.98. At the time, there was a $2-off Instant Savings discount on the batteries. That made these two available deals the second-best I’d seen.

“Sam’s Club’s a great option,” Clark says on shopping for cheap batteries. “It has all five major batteries in the company’s private label, and you just save money!” 

Sam’s Club’s store brand, Member’s Mark, is available in AA, AAA, C, D and 9-volt sizes.

3. Amazon

AmazonBasics AA batteries from Amazon

For Amazon Prime members, AmazonBasics batteries are going to be hard to beat. 

“I’m a big fan of AmazonBasics,” says Clark. “They’re not as cheap in the AA and AAA batteries, but the AmazonBasics 9-Volt, the Cs and the Ds are a real deal.

While the AmazonBasics didn’t have the lowest prices I saw, they were still very competitive at only one or two cents more per battery than Sam’s Club. In the past, our team at ClarkDeals has found AmazonBasics AA batteries even cheaper at $14 for 100. That drops the normal 31 cents per battery price to only 14 cents!

Of course, Prime members are eligible for free two-day shipping for even more savings.

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4. Costco

Kirkland Signature AA batteries available at Costco

In the past, Costco’s Kirkland Signature batteries have been the best available deal. While you can now find other off-brand batteries cheaper elsewhere, Kirkland Signature is still a great choice. In fact, Consumer Reports included the Kirkland brand in its “Top 5” recommended batteries roundup. These batteries are also the only brand considered a “Best Buy” on the same list.

Even though Kirkland Signature no longer has the lowest per-battery cost, you can rest assured that you’re getting quality batteries for under half the price.

“At Costco, it’s Duracell that makes Kirkland Signatures,” says Clark. “They’re not similar batteries; they’re identical.”

CVS offers Duracell batteries at $1.35 to $1.90 each. With Kirkland Signature, you’re getting the exact same thing for only 35 cents: That’s $1 less per battery!

5. Best Buy

AA Insignia batteries available from Best Buy

As you can see above, Best Buy’s Insignia batteries aren’t going to have the lowest daily price you can find. However, if you can grab Insignia batteries on a day they’re on sale, the price will be impossible to beat.

In the past, ClarkDeals has seen daily deals including 48-count packs of AA and AAA batteries for as low as $6. That’s only 13 cents per battery! Again, that’s the lowest price we’ve seen. I always try to grab this deal when it comes up, and the batteries last a long time.

Bookmark this page to keep up with the best daily deals at Best Buy, and when you see the batteries on sale, be sure to get them! Choose free in-store pickup nearby to avoid any additional shipping costs. In my experience, they’re typically ready for pick up in less than an hour.

Final Thoughts

Overall, you’ll likely find low prices on store-brand and off-brand batteries at Walmart, Sam’s Club, Amazon, Costco and Best Buy. 

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If you see a good price on a battery brand that you’re not familiar with, especially at a store like Walmart, be sure to read customer reviews and check out Consumer Reports’ battery reviews to learn more about the brand’s performance.

“There are some sellers who sell these batteries that aren’t very good,” cautions Clark. “So if you buy completely off-brand batteries, you could end up with one that’s very unreliable and doesn’t have a long life.”

Sam’s Club members, Amazon Prime members and Costco members all have access to great prices on quality store-brand batteries like Member’s Mark, AmazonBasics and Kirkland Signature batteries respectively. Free shipping with these options also leads to additional savings. 

Finally, hold out for the sale on Insignia batteries at Best Buy if possible. With this deal, you have the chance to get the lowest per-battery price that our team has seen in the past!

No matter where you decide to shop, be sure to use a tool like Google Shopping to make sure you’re getting the best available deal before purchasing. 

Where have you found the best prices on cheap batteries? Let us know in the comments below!

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