With the changing of clock time coming up. I like to put new batteries
in all the clocks. I have about half dozen clocks around the house. I
do the clock batteries and time set at church, also. We have about 25
various clocks at church.
Yes, about this time of year. I like to dig out all my various bug out
bags, fanny packs, tool boxes, cave exploration bags, clothing
pockets, and every other nook and cranny. Change the batteries in
various hidden and sequestered lights.
Of course, the smoke detectors, too. I was talking to my Dad over
lunch. he says his detectors beep when they need a new battery, which
can be as long as two years. I think waiting that long is false
economy. I really reccomended he replace the batteries every year.
Cheaper than fire damage. Eveready alkalines (I think?) at Home Depot
in the multipacks, work out about a buck each. They also have good
price on AA Energizer. For the clocks. It's also wise to push the test
button on smoke detectors. I've had them stop working, and the button
test is important.
So what /exactly/ is the point of your post?
BTW, Costco's "Kirkland" batteries last the same or longer than
the name brands, and cost about half less.
And PLEASE use a spellchecker when posting. Your "Usenet
application", Microsoft Outhouse Express 6.00.2900.5931, has one
built in, you know.
And WHAT is that dot after the www.lame_dumb_shit.org site
AFA the fictional money-making character referred to by some as
"jesus", many of us stopped reading fairy tales years ago. So
you're either preaching to the converted /or/ just making
yourself look like a damn fool. FYI.
Not to mention that judging by your posts in the "pigeon"
thread, you're one sick motherfucker.
Nothing like jesusy love for all things living, huh? Oh, wait -
all the dumb stupid animals were just created to serve us
superior x-ians as food, torture and/or substitute sex objects
(for when the choir boys are on tour), and target practice,
Plonk. (Look it up.)
"Anytime I hear the word "jesus", I reach for my K-Y jelly."
- 21st Century Choir Boy
Although a brand name alkaline will be useful well beyond one year, and
I don't change them in my battery operated radios or flashlights until
they show signs of weakening, I agree with Stormy, in that it is prudent
to install fresh batt's yearly in smoke detectors. Consider the
ramifications of a smoke detector failing, vs. grabbing a flashlight
that offers up a puny yellow beam.
So, change out those smoke detector batteries every year, and use the
still useful old ones in that transistor radio.
Smoke detectors too, have a finite life, so attention should be paid to
replacing the entire unit after 8 -10 years of service.
Most smoke detectors made now have expiration dates printed on them, and
some come with lithium-ion batteries installed in a sealed unit that
will have to be discarded in 10 years, when the nearly depleted battery
will sound a warning.
And, proper disposal is the right thing to do ... there is a facility in
my 'hood that accepts all things toxic - batteries, organic solvents,
I changed all the batteries in my smoke detectors one time and I have
now decided that I will not do that again.
First alert smoke detectors, connected to house power with battery
backup. Changed all the batteries in all six smoke detectors in the
house. After doing this one of the upstairs smoke detectors (there are
three) would randomly beep every once in awhile. Unfortunately since
its random, it will chirp and then maybe not make another chirp for a
few hours or days. Changed all the batteries again but the problem
still persisted. Found a review on amazon.com that said this is a
common issue with the first alert detectors I have, to solve you turn
off the breaker controlling the smoke detectors and pull out all the
batteries, wait a minute and then put them back in and turn the power
Big pain in the a
You're using several times as many devices, but worry about using more
batteries? I don't understand that logic.
"Hey, honey! Lets get four or five more smoke detectors, so we can use
fewer batteries." Huh?
In the stress of moving in, I automatically bought a multi-pack of
detectors, vaguely remembering an empty spot where one was. Turns out
there were several others in place. I basically have one per room, but
since I never close the doors (I know, bad fire safety practice, but I
hate stubbing my nose or toes in the dark), they backstop each other.
Clocks are one per room, since I detest wearing a watch.
I actually only have 2 clocks that use only batteries, and they eat 2-3
per year. I gave up putting backup batteries in the plug-in clocks,
since they would show the 'dead battery' light in a month. I have a
timex and a cell phone in the briefcase, if I don't want to wait for the
Atomic Clock to resynch, or to dig out the shortwave and hit WWV.
Your timex keeps better time than an Atomic Clock that may have not
resynched for 23 hrs. and 22 minutes?
Speaking of battery back-up plug-in clocks, I've noticed that after a
power failure that lasts much longer than just a severe flicker, most of
mine gained or lost at least 10 seconds. I really don't like inaccurate
time pieces, so I also stopped keeping batteries in them because I would
manually reset them anyway. My find was the Casio solar powered
wavecepter wrist watch
both an analog and digital display on the face. It is solar powered and
"atomic". Makes accurately resetting the clock radios, VCRs, DVR,
microwave etc. a breeze.
over long time periods,the mains frequency is pretty stable.
OTOH,the watches and other timepieces can very widely.
temperature cycling and initial xtal calibration are probably the big
I use my PC and a "clock-align" program to update to Naval Observatory
time,then set everything else to that.
but my neighborhood gets a lot of momentary power interruptions.
You must be very lucky.Buy a lottery ticket.
I've had Duracells,Everready,Fuji Novel,the HF "Thunderbolt" brand,all
leak. In remotes,flashlights,thermostat.
most of the Thunderbolt cells leaked before I ever got to use them,leaked
right in the package.
and the last batch of Fuji Novels leaked a lot,too,with an exp date of 12-
I'm trying RayoVac now,and using NiMH where possible.
Duracells are hardly "ultracheap".
I've used Fuji Novel for many years with a great record,but the last batch
of AA(24 pack,12/2014exp.) has been leaky. I have a camping lantern with
Fuji D cells that's been fine since 2007.
Big Lots sells the Fuji Novels.
There are Duracells, and there are Duracells. They are made in many
different countries. I've seen them, I believe, from Chile, China,
India, Belgium Britain,Canada, Mexico, and USA. There are also
different grades of Duracell - including the procell.
Since Proctor and Gambel bought the company I'm not sure the quality
has improved. The price sure has not dropped!!
Also, storage conditions (temperature in particular) have a large
effect on battery life. I don't keep much battery powered stuff in
extreme heat or cold, which may help.,
I've had leaky "new in the box" thunderbolts. Problem is, those
Thunderbolt Magnums really make me feel invincible. I've had to buy
lower voltage Thuderbolt Specials lately.
You should try recharging alkalines. Many of them take a charge, and
continue to be useful.
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