New tool to help Australian businesses save thousands on hidden costs of battery replacements

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The right battery for the right device – it’s a simple switch that could save Australian businesses thousands  of dollars a year and help them move closer to achieving their carbon emission targets.

Procell, the professional batteries arm of leading global manufacturer Duracell, has developed a cost calculator, using Australian specific data, to help businesses identify hidden costs associated with battery replacement and its environmental impact.  

It is estimated sectors, such as hospitality, could save up to 44 percent* in battery related costs by simply using the right battery, with the improved efficacies reducing battery replacements, labour costs and appliance downtime. 

Duracell Asia B2B senior director Jane Lo demonstrated the new cost savings calculator at Australia’s premier facilities management conference, Total Facilities 2022, held in Melbourne in May.  

“In today’s highly automated, always-on business environment, there’s a heavy reliance on battery operated devices for companies to operate seamlessly. As a result, business expenditure on battery replacements has increased,” she said. 

“Batteries play an important role in the overall safety, performance and reliability of many devices, whether in a hospitality, security or medical setting.  

“If it’s buying batteries for remote controls, smoke alarms, or sanitiser dispensers, we want to help businesses explore ways to increase efficiencies by replacing batteries less and save more.” 

High frequency, high drain devices (typically those operating a motor or mechanism such as electric door locks or blood pressure monitors) have different battery needs compared to intermittent low drain devices (such as remote controls or blood glucose meters).  

“Taking into account device functionality when selecting batteries can achieve longer-lasting consistent performance, which in turn means fewer replacements and less expenditure,” said Lo. 

“Saving time and labour replacing batteries is particularly important in the current labour market, with  chronic staffing pressure being felt in both healthcare and hospitality, two sectors that also have a high reliance of battery automation.” 

Procell is a professional range of device specific alkaline batteries designed to minimise battery replacements and reduce the environmental impact of battery waste. It is the only range of high performing batteries with products tailored for both low drain and high drain devices. 

All Procell® batteries are tested to guarantee highest quality and consistently reliable performance.  

In hospital settings it has been demonstrated that Procell Intense batteries (used in patient monitors) lasted three and a half times longer than competitor brand batteries and were rated as 100 percent satisfaction for performance, sustainability, safety and reliability.

The new cost calculator helps organisations determine the right Procell battery for each appliance across their business and identifies the potential cost savings, as well as environmental benefits of a reduction in  battery turnover.  

“We listened to the market and heard that businesses were looking for alternatives to the never-ending  cycle of purchase-use-dispose-repeat when it comes to batteries,” Lo said. 

“We’re now looking forward to helping businesses use the batteries to their advantage and make  significant savings, while also delivering improved operational and environmental outcomes.”  

Procell, and local importer Pental, are signatories of the Battery Stewardship Scheme (BSS) design to encourage recycling and better waste management of end-of-life batteries. As an accredited collectors, processors and recyclers of used batteries, they receive an import levy rebate further reducing the cost of the range.  

To access the Procell cost saving calculator and determine your potential business savings please contact your local distributor.  

For more information about the Procell range visit

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