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terracore
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Posted - 08/17/2019 :  16:26:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've pretty much had to completely quit using alkaline batteries. At first it was just the cheaper, though better varieties (Like Kirkland), but now even the copper tops seem to start leaking a few months after I start using them. I've had to replace a few remote controls because the batteries leaked and destroyed the remotes before the batteries even ran out of power. Now I only use rechargeable batteries because they never leak. Is this a Hawaii thing? I'm at the point where if I buy something that is "batteries included" my first instinct is to throw them away and replace them with something that won't destroy the product because the batteries go bad.

Before I made the switch to 100% rechargeable, unfortunately I bought a big pack of AA Duracells from Costco. What prompted this post/rant is that even though their date is good I found one leaking inside my toy drone controller today just a few months after installing them. Fortunately I found the leak in time to save the device but now I'm stuck with a big pack of batteries... any idea on how to use them up? I'm not willing to use them in low drain devices where they might sit awhile, and I don't regularly use things that drain them fast.

ETA: Additional question- I've NEVER had a 9v alkaline battery leak regardless of how it's used. WTF?


Edited by - terracore on 08/17/2019 16:29:34

kalakoa
Motormouth

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Posted - 08/17/2019 :  16:35:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is this a Hawaii thing?

Yes. I now remove the batteries from anything that's not actually in use.

NEVER had a 9v alkaline battery leak

They do, it just takes much longer.
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Obie
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USA
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Posted - 08/17/2019 :  16:44:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is a good explanation :

https://www.consumerreports.org/batteries/whybatteriesleak/


Optimum temperature for alkaline is 70 degrees.We have too many days hotter than 70.
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Midnight Rambler
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USA
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Posted - 08/17/2019 :  19:13:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't remember if one has actually leaked, but almost every 9V battery I've used here swells up. Haven't had a problem with alkalines.
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randomq
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USA
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Posted - 08/17/2019 :  19:57:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yeah, I thought it was just my "Black Friday Special" Rayovacs...

The temperature explanation makes sense, as this is the first place I've lived without some form of air conditioning. I'm sure part of that is also today's trend of making things as cheap as possible and then some.
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terracore
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Posted - 08/18/2019 :  14:22:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Going down this rabbit hole led me the following web page. Energizer has a "no leak guarantee" on most products that they will replace any device damaged if their batteries leak. Reading through the anecdotal stories on the internet Duracell are much more prone to leaking than Energizer. I have purchased several products that specifically recommend using ONLY Energizer lithium batteries in their devices for best performance. But this is the first I've read that they are more or less incapable of leaking.

Considering that I've spent a lot more money on replacing leaked-on devices than I have spent on batteries, I wish I knew this sooner.

https://www.energizer.com/about-batteries/battery-leakage

Edited by - terracore on 08/18/2019 14:29:53
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microage97
Da Kine

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Posted - 08/18/2019 :  17:17:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Electronics don't like all that humidity, not to mention our crappy grip power. Always get the warranty on those more expensive items.
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dan d
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USA
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Posted - 08/18/2019 :  17:54:06  Show Profile  Visit dan d's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bottom line
DO NOT USE ANY COPPER TOP BATTERY ,DURACELL DA WORST, why? First there is 0 copper in the battery except the paint on the decal. The absotue worst for a under water lite. Just exposure to sea air will rust the tinned bat connections.

Also garrunteed to leak first if in.any equiptment, fm a flashlite to a fancy 2 k uw dive computer. The only cr23 dime batt , i ever saw leak and destroy the dive comp.Was duracell

Never ready das bess production bat. Best to get a good nicad, and charge fm solar?
Free - the inital purchase.?
Aloha


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randomq
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USA
1770 Posts

Posted - 08/18/2019 :  21:41:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Haha "never ready". :)
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