Member jhc37013 discovered a new player in alkaline batteries at Lowe's, which he posted in Good Deals. At mods request, I want to provide a proper place for posting his results of tests he is running on them, which seem so far to put them squarely in the mix of the big name brands in alkalines. So, quoting from jhc37013's Deals thread, this is what he has provided so far on the AA size:
"Utilitech with Quark X to max - 33 minutes before drop to medium
Duracell with Quark X to max - 33 minutes till drop to medium"
And, also on the Quark 2xAA X:
"Duracell - High mode 1hr 41mins until drop to medium
Utilitech - High mode 1hr 33mins until drop to medium
Rayovac - High mode 1hr 31mins until drop"
He is planning a AAA test next, and I look forward to the results of that one also.
I will add a link to this thread in the Good Deal thread, here: http://www.cpfmarketplace.com/mp/showthread.php?259208-30-AA-batterys-for-4-Lowes
Thanks to jhc37013 for discovering these! They become most economical when purchased in the larger packages, so good for dividing with friends if you don't use large volumes.