With the batteries in new condition the initial voltage of the both Coppertop and Ultra are the same so this will not effect the IR signal strength. As batteries are discharged the voltage drops and the IR strength will diminish. The difference between the two batteries are chemical changes so that Ultra performs best under high drain rates. Most remotes are low drain devices so in this application the performance difference between the two will be minimal. Therefore the most economical approach is to use the Coppertops.