Best Single-Use Coin & Button Cell Batteries in 2022

What Are Single-Use Coin and Button Cell Batteries?

You may have heard of single-use coin and button cell batteries but are not sure what they are? This article will help you identify these batteries by their coding. These batteries are also labeled with CR 2025, CR 2032, and CR 2450. Getting a coin stuck in your oesophagus can result in serious internal burns. This can lead to chronic health conditions. Unlike coin batteries, button cells do not contain lithium and are alkaline. Hence, their output voltage is 1.5 Volt.


Coin and button cells are commonly found in household and small electronic devices. They are often recyclable, but some batteries require special handling for recycling. Some companies will reclaim the metal from them, such as lithium-ion button batteries. You can also take your battery to a participating retailer for recycling. But be sure to separate the button and coin batteries properly. Batteries in single-use containers can be dangerous to children and should be stored out of reach of young children.

Although batteries can be disposed of in trash, most are still disposed of in hazardous waste landfills. Even stores with recycling programs admit that batteries often end up in the trash. In the U.S., there are no dedicated recycling facilities for all types of household batteries. Collection programs typically target button and nickel-cadmium batteries, although you can find programs accepting all household batteries. Some states, like California, have passed laws requiring recycling of batteries.

Many cities have designated drop-off locations for single-use batteries. Check with your local municipal government for details. Some recycling programs accept all types of batteries, so you should find one in your city or town. If you're not able to find a local drop-off location, you can use Google to locate a location. Many retail stores and university and college custodial services accept used batteries for recycling. You can also contact organizations like Call2Recycle to find a take-back program near you.

Many home improvement stores and office supply centers accept rechargeable batteries. There are also national collection programs for rechargeable batteries. For more information, check out Earth911's recycling search. The website can help you find the nearest collection facility in your area. If you're still unsure, contact your local solid waste district or city hall. You can find a recycling center near you by using Earth911's online database.


While button cells and coin batteries are commonly used in electronic devices, they are not without risks. These batteries can be swallowed, causing serious injuries and even permanent health conditions. To protect children, store button and coin batteries in out-of-reach areas and remove them from children's reach before using them. To safely dispose of button and coin batteries, bring them to a battery recycler. Alternatively, batteries can be returned to participating retailers. If you cannot recycle them, you can call your local solid waste authority.

As with all battery products, safety should be a top priority. The US Consumer Product Safety Administration (CPSIA) regulates children's products. As a result, the CPSIA incorporates the safety standards of ASTM, including those for button and coin cell batteries. Other organizations, like the UN, have issued recommendations for the safe shipment of dangerous goods around the world. UL 4200A outlines the wording and font size for these warnings.

Fortunately, the US Senate has recently introduced S.3278, a bill aimed at protecting children from accidentally ingesting button and coin cell batteries. It was introduced in memory of Reese Hamsmith, a young toddler who died after swallowing a button battery from a remote control. In a similar vein, the new legislation requires manufacturers to print a warning label that identifies the hazard and instructs consumers to keep them out of the reach of children. If a child ingests a battery, seek medical attention immediately.

While a voluntary industry code is in place to guide manufacturers of button and coin cell batteries, there are still important standards to follow when handling single-use batteries. UL 1642 and ASTM F963 contain mandatory safety requirements for lithium batteries and battery parts intended for children. These standards address design guidelines, warning instructions, and other safety measures. They also include guidelines for handling batteries. Moreover, the standards apply to products containing these batteries, as well as to the packaging and labeling of button & coin cell battery products.

One of the most important rules for handling single-use coin and button cells is to not dismantle them without the manufacturer's instructions. The batteries should be disposed properly. The packaging should include an instruction manual for users. Using batteries improperly can result in injury or even death. If a battery is damaged, it is likely to overheat. And even if the battery is in good shape, the batteries should never be misused or thrown away.

Common uses

Coin and button cell batteries are dime-sized discs used in numerous electronic devices. They are not rechargeable, but have low self-discharge rates, which makes them ideal for constant use. In addition, these batteries can retain their charge for up to 10 years when stored properly. Unlike their rechargeable counterparts, these single-use batteries are ideal for buying in bulk. This article will explain some of the common uses of single-use coin and button cell batteries.

Single-use button and coin cells are often used in small electronics, including watches, hearing aids, and car keyless entry remotes. They are also choking hazards, so keep them away from small children. Single-use lithium and button cells are also widely used in smoke detectors, flashlights, remote controls, handheld games, and cameras. Some manufacturers also offer additional management options for batteries. The EPA provides information about household battery recycling.

Lithium and button cell batteries are flammable. It is recommended that lithium batteries be stored in plastic bags, as they can catch fire if ingested or damaged. Lithium batteries are especially flammable, and should be handled carefully. They are commonly found in watches, key fobs, flameless candles, and cameras. While lithium and button cell batteries are easily mistaken for the more common alkaline type, they can cause severe burns and damage to the esophagus.

Most cities and towns have recycling programs for single-use batteries. However, they may not be free. If you have a lot of them, you can find a local recycling program or mail-in service. If you have a large number of batteries, you should contact your local waste disposal company or municipal officials for a recycling program. Many businesses also offer services for collecting and recycling single-use coin and button cell batteries.


There are many different types of Single-Use Coin & Batter Cell Batteries. While coin cells are smaller in size, they are still the most commonly used. They can deliver one to five volts. Other variations include zinc-air, alkaline, and lithium. This article will briefly describe the various types and their uses. This article is not intended to be comprehensive. Rather, it aims to provide you with basic information about the most common battery types.

Rechargeable and disposable coin and button cell batteries are very similar. Both types fit into the same battery holder, with the difference being the capacity of the rechargeable cell. However, rechargeable button cells have solder tags that allow for permanent connection. These types of batteries are most often used in older computers because they last longer and have a lower capacity. Single-use coin & button cells are also known as "single-use" batteries.

The primary risk of ingesting a button cell battery is to children under five years. Since the source of the battery is unknown, proper treatment is delayed. Most fatalities occurred in children between 19 and three weeks after the ingestion. However, you can help prevent the risk of a fatal esophageal injury by following the tips listed above. And remember that it is not only the children who should be careful!

When disposing of the battery, make sure to tape up the ends. These end caps are usually marked + or -. Taping these ends will prevent the battery from linking with the other end. Choose packing tape to wrap it securely, and make sure it's clear so the retailers or HHW Program can easily identify which batteries are the best ones to recycle. The final step is to place your batteries in a sealed container. Remember that batteries are choking hazards and should not be placed in the trash.

Mark R. Mannex

Over 40 years experience as a Fire Protection Engineer, with project experience in commercial, industrial, aerospace, military, and public sectors. Additionally, over a decade of in-depth experience in HVAC and piping design engineering, with a separate PE designation.
Recently retired from FM Global, Mark is now President of Mannex Engineering LLC, offering a wide variety of hazard and risk engineering consulting.
Consult with FM Global engineering and insurance staff and clients on performance based engineering property loss prevention issues throughout the Northwest USA. Liaise with FM Global Research for application of latest developments to clients' locations.

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