Has anyone noticed that they are now putting alkaline cells in the
Instead of the heavy duty cells in the other two I have.
I just hope they don't leak like the Thunderbolt brand they sell.
On 10/11/2010 9:27 PM, hr(bob) email@example.com wrote:
Buy the Sunday paper. In the local rag and the statewide rag, most
weeks, they have a coupon ad in the magazine insert, and another one in
the coupon insert. I was mourning the end of the free flashlights
myself, but the last batch I harvested, half the pages had the
flashlights, with expire dates running into January.
I'm having trouble using up the ads before they expire- I can only go to
HF so many times in a week. I haven't even done the online coupon bit
since last winter. I think today's stop took me up to 31 of the
Hasn't yet happened in my market. Please weigh them on a scale,
compared to known alkalines. I suspect they are just doing a clever
packaging job. I suspect you're being given carbon zinc cells like
Yes,that's what I got,and I was wrong,they still are carbon-zines.
I saw an expiration date on the bottoms and I didn't recall seeing ex.dates
on any CZ cells.
another indicator is that the alkaline cell bodies are magnetic,the CZ are
not,just their ends.
Magnetic, good idea. The old carbon zincs, the zinc casing isn't
magnetic. I usually tell by weight. Alkalines are heavier.
I've also found out that taking carbon zinc cells apart, releases the
black, messy manganese dioxide. And makes my Mom yell at me. The
carbon rod in the center is neat, for sidewalk chalk.
What's fun, is to look at the Harbor Freight UK web site. There, they
sell UK sounding names like Sheffield, and bother. Can't think of the
Coupons: http://www.stingier.com/online-coupons/harborfreight /
Astounding! I figured it was a Chinese front company. But....
You are far too kind with your theory. Some bean counter is buying
batteries for remotes. A month's batteries cost $100 to buy carbons,
and $500 if they buy alkalines. So, they buy the carbons. Now, you
really think that's cause they work better?
The most telling example of this syndrome was found in the novel "Cyberbook"
by Ben Bova.
In that story, a bean-counter at a publishing house found that the company
could save five cents per hundredweight on the glue used for paperback
books. Unfortunately, the new glue broke down when exposed to temperatures
in excess of ninety degrees, as it would in the back of a UPS truck, and
caused all the pages to fall out. But that wasn't the worst part.
When the employees in the receiving department of the target bookstores
opened the cartons, a mind-altering gas from the decomposition of the glue
wafted out which, in turn, caused all the hippies to strip naked and run
through the store shouting "French people are burning me with cigarettes!"
There is nothing scarier than a naked hippie!
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