IIRC, I had some Duracell D size batteries leak,
new in the package. Quality of every thing is gone
to naught. I've also had Rayovac D cells leak,
also new in the package. And had Energizers leak.
Again, new in the package.
On Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:11:25 -0400, Stormin Mormon
What was the expiry date on the batteries? How long past EOL were
they? I havw a box full of cheap "Chateau" brand non-alkaline
batteries that are over 5 years old (were leftover stock from a
friend's "dollar store" that he closed at least 5 years ago) and NONE
have leaked, and well over 80% tested fully charged when I got them a
year ago. c, d, and 9 volt.
On Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:23:41 -0400, Stormin Mormon
It's been my experience "most" leakers are well past their "best
before" date and/or have been left either significantly discharged or
in high temperature storage conditions for some time. (or possible
suffered a "hard freeze")
I had brand new copper tops in a maglite. It was 0-dark-thirty and was
jes below freezing and my maglite would not go on. New batteries and
they were dead! ....at below freezing temps. I changed to Energizers
and never had that problem again.
On Fri, 25 Mar 2016 14:32:00 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
From the "battery university" site
Alkaline batteries are easy to store. For best results, keep the cells
at cool room temperature and at a relative humidity of about 50
percent. Do not freeze alkaline cells, or any battery, as this may
change the molecular structure.
1. Is it a good idea to store batteries in a refrigerator or freezer?
No, storage in a refrigerator or freezer is not required or
recommended for batteries produced today. Cold temperature storage can
in fact harm batteries if condensation results in corroded contacts or
label or seal damage due to extreme temperature storage. To maximize
performance and shelf life, store batteries at normal room
temperatures (68°F to 78°F or 20°C to 25°C) with moderated humidity
levels (35 to 65% RH).
Notice the reference to "seal damage" - which can cause leakage.
From the tool Guyd site:
In general, alkaline batteries perform very poorly in cold weather. As
alkaline batteries are engineered with a water-based electrolyte, cold
near-freezing point temperatures can lead to reduced ion mobility
which slows down the chemical reactions that provide electrical
battery power. This leads to a drop in performance, runtime, or both.
In some cases, cold temperatures can cause alkaline batteries to burst
On Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:36:33 -0400, Stormin Mormon
The "heavy duty" carbon zinc Chloride battery is a different animal
than the old zinc carbon/manganese dioxide LeXlanche battery and puts
out about 3 times the capacity, longer life, and less likelihood of
They have a longer shelf life, but a lower output/in-use life than
I've found for things like flashlights that sit most of their life but
need to work when you need them, Carbon/zinc chloride batteries are
best. For things that are used every day - low current/light duty use
like clocks and remote controls alkalines are better.
Just my experience. And yes - a fresh alkaline will outperform a fresh
"heavy duty" battery when it comes to hours of output from a
flashlight - but put that flashlight away after half an hour of use
and go back to it a year later - - - -
On 3/25/2016 8:27 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Again, that's backwards of my experience. I've found,
and read, that alkalines have much higher capacity and
much longer shelf life. One time for some thing to do,
I did mix and match alkalines and carbon zincs. I found
alkalines last four times longer. Both in low and high
"heavy duty". One of those phrases that used to mean better. Now it's on
the low end.
BTW, I remember the "king size" soft drinks from the sixties. 10 ounce
bottles, smaller than the regular ones now.
There's also "deluxe" in the name of cheap junk.
Strange thing is the only "brand name" battery I have had leak at all
in the last 10 years was a "coppertop". Just a wee bit of green/white
fuzz on both ends. No swelling - and easily cleaned up.
The secret, I guess, is to NEVER leave batteries in anything
un-attended for any lenth of time.
I also had a set of off-brand original equipment batteries in a TV
remote leak. The TV is 4 years old and one day the remote (used daily)
just stopped working. I pulled the batteries and they were both
leaking (again- just a bit of green/white fuzz on both ends)
Both sets of leakers were aaa size.
I've also had a couple of coin batteries "leak" the same way. All have
been at least 3 years old.
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