According to the latest survey by the BBC (British Battery Consortium), the average UK pensioner has 1.8 kitchen drawers filled exclusively with batteries, none of which is suitable for any portable electrical device they have ever owned.

Almost half of all pensioners store AA batteries (the most commonly used) in a completely different place, carefully chosen for its memorability and ease of access, and in the majority of cases, this inevitably leads to them never being seen again – a situation which is partly compensated for by the unexpected discovery of tooth picks, shoe laces, trivets, apple corers, tortoises and unused grenades.

Arguments about batteries are a principal factor in almost 11% of recorded incidents of domestic violence and in 2019, more than 460 pensioners received custodial sentences after being convicted of assault and battery in UK courts.