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Leaking Batteries #5163805 07/17/19 07:22 PM
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A month or so ago one of our quartz clocks stopped and when I changed the battery, found it to be leaking. There was quite a bit of corrosion and it took quite a bit of effort to clean it up.

A few weeks ago we were travelling and (even though they were still running) took our "good" watches to a master watchmaker known to us to put new batteries in them. He said it's a good idea to do that after about 4 years even if the watch is still running, and within a year if it stops.

So I started looking at our other remotes, clocks, etc having batteries. I found a number of leaking batteries, some outside the best before dates, but many within. All in all I found 8 or 10 leaking batteries. If anything, the brand name batteries were the worst performers.

So - it would be a good idea to check all your batteries. I'm also going to remove the batteries from unused controls until I want to use them.


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Re: Leaking Batteries [Re: ecotourist] #5163829 07/17/19 07:46 PM
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Lithium ones or Eneloops come to rescue, have yet to see one leaking. Made in Japan Maxell alkalines used to be sold on Amazon, no more. Those were non-leaking for some reasons. US-made batteries are no better than Chicoms in this regard.


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Originally Posted by Y_K
Lithium ones or Eneloops come to rescue, have yet to see one leaking.


^ This.

I don't put alkaline batteries in things I care about.


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Re: Leaking Batteries [Re: ecotourist] #5163878 07/17/19 08:58 PM
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A little vinegar is good for cleaning up the corrosion. My wife has a ton of Xmas decorations and often leaves the batteries in after they die. Then, next season I'm tasked with cleaning things up. She's vowed to stop her ways.


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Re: Leaking Batteries [Re: Y_K] #5163972 07/18/19 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Y_K
Lithium ones or Eneloops come to rescue, have yet to see one leaking. Made in Japan Maxell alkalines used to be sold on Amazon, no more. Those were non-leaking for some reasons. US-made batteries are no better than Chicoms in this regard.


I started buying eneloops in 2011 and I haven't had one fail yet. I just tested some of the older ones and they still have 1875 to 1925 mAh capacity!!!

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Re: Leaking Batteries [Re: ecotourist] #5164016 07/18/19 05:00 AM
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Eneloops here, too. I bought a cheapish smart-charger to prevent over/under-charging, too.

For the kids toys, which sometimes take D batteries, I have adapters. As he loses interest in a new toy and wants to play with an old toy, I swap batteries.

I don't even know how many batteries I have. I just swap out alkalines as soon as they're dead and buy more Eneloops when I need them.

As a side note, my LED lanterns take four D batteries, so the adapter I use for the kids' toys double as adapters for the lanterns.


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Re: Leaking Batteries [Re: ecotourist] #5164052 07/18/19 06:17 AM
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Originally Posted by ecotourist
A month or so ago one of our quartz clocks stopped and when I changed the battery, found it to be leaking. There was quite a bit of corrosion and it took quite a bit of effort to clean it up.

A few weeks ago we were travelling and (even though they were still running) took our "good" watches to a master watchmaker known to us to put new batteries in them. He said it's a good idea to do that after about 4 years even if the watch is still running, and within a year if it stops.

So I started looking at our other remotes, clocks, etc having batteries. I found a number of leaking batteries, some outside the best before dates, but many within. All in all I found 8 or 10 leaking batteries. If anything, the brand name batteries were the worst performers.

So - it would be a good idea to check all your batteries. I'm also going to remove the batteries from unused controls until I want to use them.


What brand were the leaking ones?


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Re: Leaking Batteries [Re: Leo99] #5164055 07/18/19 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Leo99
A little vinegar is good for cleaning up the corrosion. My wife has a ton of Xmas decorations and often leaves the batteries in after they die. Then, next season I'm tasked with cleaning things up. She's vowed to stop her ways.


Vinegar is an acid, I would think it would be best to use something to counteract what I assume is acid in the battery. With a pH above 7.


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Originally Posted by Leo99
A little vinegar is good for cleaning up the corrosion. My wife has a ton of Xmas decorations and often leaves the batteries in after they die. Then, next season I'm tasked with cleaning things up. She's vowed to stop her ways.

I stumbled on this tip about a month ago and had a chance to try it out on a quartz clock at Mom's -- it worked like a charm.

In this case, Ray-O-Vac batteries and the "best by" date was December 2019. They used to be my go-to battery when Energizers started leaking for me, but now they're just as bad.


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Originally Posted by opus1
In this case, Ray-O-Vac batteries and the "best by" date was December 2019. They used to be my go-to battery when Energizers started leaking for me, but now they're just as bad.


Energizer owns Rayovac now.


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I have gone back to using zinc–carbon batteries in my low-draw devices (like remote controls) because of this problem.

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From what I’ve heard, a lot of the batteries sold on Amazon are either fake or cheaply made.

The Eneloops and Panasonic batteries are top notch.


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Originally Posted by PimTac
From what I’ve heard, a lot of the batteries sold on Amazon are either fake or cheaply made.

The Eneloops and Panasonic batteries are top notch.
The Panasonic/Sanyo Eneloops are THE most commonly counterfeited batteries.

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Originally Posted by wag123
Originally Posted by PimTac
From what I’ve heard, a lot of the batteries sold on Amazon are either fake or cheaply made.

The Eneloops and Panasonic batteries are top notch.
The Panasonic/Sanyo Eneloops are THE most commonly counterfeited batteries.




Yes, online such as Amazon. Good luck finding them in a store though.


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