C Batteries

C batteries are known as ’dry cell’ batteries, due to the fact that they were created to operate in applications or products with minimal internal moisture. C batteries are larger than other standard dry cell batteries, such as AA and AAA, and as such they offer a reliability and longevity you may not get from other batteries in the same circumstances.

C batteries are built to the standard size of 50mm/1.97inches in length x 26.2mm/1.03inches in diameter.

C batteries are also known as R14s, following their designation by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

What are C batteries used for?

Typically for high drain applications like torches, digital cameras or security lighting, where you require a battery that will last a long time, the C battery can be installed to suit those needs. Coming in a variety of brands and capacities, always check what applications you will be using them for. For help choosing the type of battery best suited to your needs, please see our C batteries guide.

Standard C batteries are ideal for portable devices which consume mid-high levels of power. They are widely used in:

  • Torches
  • Cameras
  • Radios
  • Intruder alarms
  • Musical instruments
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Toys

What types of C batteries are there?

C batteries are available in standard (non-rechargeable) and rechargeable types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. For more information on our rechargeable C batteries, please visit our range here.

Standard C batteries are available in two chemical types:

  • Alkaline – these are the most widely used types of batteries due to their energy density and long shelf life and are commonly found in everyday items.
  • Lithium – Also noted for their long performance lives, lithium C batteries are distinct from the rechargeable lithium-ion V batteries typically found in laptops or smartphones.

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Description Price Brand Range Model Number Chemistry Size Nominal Voltage IEC Name Terminal Type Capacity
RS Stock No. 826-4432
BrandRS PRO
£0.869
Each (In a Pack of 15)
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- - Alkaline C 1.5V - Standard -
RS Stock No. 778-1113
BrandRS PRO
£14.26
Each
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- - Lithium Thionyl Chloride C 3.6V - Tags 7.7Ah
RS Stock No. 778-1119
BrandRS PRO
£9.87
Each
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- - Lithium Thionyl Chloride C 3.6V - Lead 7.7Ah
RS Stock No. 183-5710
BrandRS PRO
£11.75
Each
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RS PRO - Lithium Thionyl Chloride C 3.6V - Standard 8.5Ah
RS Stock No. 183-5711
BrandRS PRO
£14.26
Each
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- - Lithium Thionyl Chloride C 3.6V - Standard 8.5Ah
RS Stock No. 183-5712
BrandRS PRO
£9.87
Each
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- - Lithium Thionyl Chloride C 3.6V - Standard 8.5Ah
RS Stock No. 201-9450
Mfr. Part No.LS26500
BrandSaft
£19.97
Each
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- - Lithium Thionyl Chloride C 3.6V - Standard 7.7Ah
RS Stock No. 668-4556
Mfr. Part No.SL2770/S
BrandTadiran
£16.99
Each
Units
- - Lithium Thionyl Chloride C 3.6V - Standard 8.5Ah
RS Stock No. 451-855
Mfr. Part No.C +/PWR P6 RS
BrandDuracell
£1.917
Each (In a Pack of 6)
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Duracell Plus Power - Alkaline C 1.5V - Standard 7.75Ah
RS Stock No. 526-8475
Mfr. Part No.SL2770/T
BrandTadiran
£17.50
Each
Units
- - Lithium Thionyl Chloride C 3.6V - Tags 8.5Ah
RS Stock No. 221-759
Mfr. Part No.7638900361070
BrandEnergizer
£1.231
Each (In a Pack of 12)
Units
Energizer Industrial - Alkaline C 1.5V - Standard 8.35Ah
RS Stock No. 860-2926
Mfr. Part No.LR14AD
BrandPanasonic
£25.50
1 Pack of 24
Pack(s)
Panasonic Industrial Powerline - Alkaline C 1.5V - Standard -
RS Stock No. 914-5054
Mfr. Part No.7638900410402
BrandEnergizer
£2.815
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Energizer MAX - Alkaline C 1.5V - Standard 8Ah
RS Stock No. 803-8422
Mfr. Part No.4014
BrandVarta
£1.35
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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Varta Industrial - Alkaline C 1.5V - Standard -
RS Stock No. 860-2803
Mfr. Part No.M52 EX SV
BrandSaft
£28.58
Each
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- - Lithium Manganese Dioxide C 3V - Standard 7.8Ah
RS Stock No. 914-5036
Mfr. Part No.7638900423341
BrandEnergizer
£2.029
Each (In a Pack of 20)
Units
Energizer MAX - Alkaline C 1.5V - Standard 8.5Ah
RS Stock No. 778-1172
Mfr. Part No.LS26500CNR
BrandSaft
£16.54
Each
Units
- - Lithium Thionyl Chloride C 3.6V - Tags 7.7Ah
RS Stock No. 860-2828
Mfr. Part No.M52 HR
BrandSaft
£22.02
Each
Units
- - Lithium Manganese Dioxide C 3V - Standard 4.8Ah
RS Stock No. 778-1163
Mfr. Part No.LS26500CNA
BrandSaft
£12.47
Each
Units
- - Lithium Thionyl Chloride C 3.6V - Lead 7.7Ah
RS Stock No. 194-6695
Mfr. Part No.SL-2870/S
BrandTadiran
£26.80
Each
Units
- SL-2870/S - C 3.6V - Standard 8.5Ah
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