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Matthew Balch

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What are the best batteries for small devices?
« on: October 26, 2019, 04:51:47 PM »
I am looking for a brand and battery chemistry to purchase for small devices such as clocks, thermostats, flashlights, CO detectors and testing tools.  I have been using Duracell for these, but find that even the very "fresh" batteries hardly last a year before they begin to leak and ruin these devices.  Perhaps this is due to the high temps, humidity and salinity here in So. Florida.
I normally change these small batteries out once a year at about this season when the time changes.
I was thinking of switching over to the Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries because they are guaranteed not to leak and corrode the device.
Does anyone have a better suggestion to remedy this issue?
Thanks,
Matthew

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Re: What are the best batteries for small devices?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2019, 11:44:02 PM »
Hi Matthew,

We have been using Panasonic Eneloop AAA and AA batteries for the past ~4 years.  They are rechargeable Ni-MH batteries that work better than the old style Ni-MH batteries we grew up with.  I have never seen them in a store, however.  We've been getting them off Amazon.  They are available in a kit that includes a C-cell and D-cell cartridges, though we try hard to buy only AA and AAA type devices if we have a choice.

Here is a link to where we last bought them on Amazon:  https://amzn.to/2qNIGp6

Our initial purchase came with a 4-pack charger, but we invested in a smarter charger from La Crosse Technology that supposedly prolongs the life of the batteries. 

Here's a link to what we purchased in 2013.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004J6DLD4/ref=dp_cerb_3

Amazon now sells similar (I think) batteries as Amazon Basics, but we have no experience with them.  Likewise alternate chargers that are cheaper...

Though we try to never leave batteries in devices we aren't using, we do sometimes, and have never had a leaky acid experience with these batteries.

You might try a 4 or 8-pack... We use them mostly in headlamps and flashlights, handheld GPS's, plus other misc small electronics.

Hope this helps,
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Re: What are the best batteries for small devices?
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2019, 11:42:43 AM »
Hi Sherry, that does help very much.  I will give them a try.  Thank you!
Matthew