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  1. #1
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    Lets hate on some Duracell batteries

    I did a Search and didn't see anything applicable.

    I went to dig out some batteries from the stash this morning and found these.



    I am not happy. I purchased these in November 2014 and they were guaranteed to last for 10 years.
    I cleaned what I could with some vinegar, but eventually had to dispose of 8 out of the 16 in two already opened packages. I sent a email to Duracell Customer Service, FWIW, and attached 4 pics - the maximum attachments allowed.

    Not happy at all.
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    Send that bottom picture to Duracell and you'll probably get some new batteries.

    Out of curiosity, were these stored in a hot location?

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    I can see the back of the package it was made and packaged in 2013 so their 6 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911user View Post
    Send that bottom picture to Duracell and you'll probably get some new batteries.

    Out of curiosity, were these stored in a hot location?
    I have them stored in a cool,dry, temperature controlled environment.
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    I bought a big pack of those at WalMart and they were no good after two years and they are not cheap either. The only batteries I buy now are rechargeable.

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    Ayup, leaky duracells are a thing.

    I have always bought them, but they have gone to crap.

    Was at my battery guy's shop yesterday, getting some rechargeable Tenergy 123s and he was complaining about duracells leaking.

    I keep 20 packs of AA & AAA in the door pouch of the truck. The vibration makes them leak even quicker.

    Not sure what I'll start using to replace what I have in inventory.
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    Maybe that's 10 Canadian years.

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    I hate duracells, they never last as long as Energizers.
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    I've stored them in a cool dry place and they leak out. Several years ago I almost lost an E0Tech sight. Energizers didn't seem much better. I'm thinking of switching all to lithium. Never had a problem with the CR123's.
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    yeah
    your post prompted me to go look at my stash and sure enough about a 3d of the packages and batteries are toast

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    Frankly, they don't stay in rotation that long before being used around here. Maybe a couple years at most - and for that stretch, they are fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walrus Whisperer View Post
    I hate duracells, they never last as long as Energizers.
    Energizer rips people off on their "D" size rechargeables. - they place a double A inside a larger case and call it a "D" when it's really a double "A" - 2500 MAH vs should be 10,000 MAH.

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    Interesting I've always thought Duracell's were the best. I've never had one leak but I don't think I've ever let any get quite that old. I did have one leaky Energizer a year or so back.

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    Typical of my experience with Duracells. Ruined several mid level backup flashlights that had 3 year old Duracells that leaked. Now I only use Energizer Lithium in my flashlights.

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    I stopped buying Duracell’s about 4 years ago because of the corrosion failure. Stopped buying the non-lithium dry cells made by any manufacturer as well.

    I have had very good luck with the Energizer Lithium batteries. I have never had a corrosion failure with lithium. They are more expensive, but they don’t destroy expensive equipment and they do have a greater energy density, and a much greater shelf life.

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    Yep, I have a fuked up Nikon strobe for my camera right now. Left them in there a few months and poof they went to shit and messed up the contacts in the strobe.

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    Don't know who makes batteries for harbor freight, but their AA's and AAA's last well in storage! Have some a few years old sitting in a drawer, and no corrosion issues at all. And still hold power for when I need them!
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    I have Duracells D & C's from Y2K and post September 11th that are still good. A mini mag lite, EoTech sight, and cheap LED light all ruined with Duracells from 2014-15 with plenty of time left on them. Had packages of AA and AAA where more than half have leaked. Don't buy Duracell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit View Post
    I bought a big pack of those at WalMart and they were no good after two years and they are not cheap either. The only batteries I buy now are rechargeable.
    Amen. Rayovac Renewals. Some of them have been recharged hundreds of times.

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    Eneloops.
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    All the rechargeable batteries are only 1.2 volts vs 1.5 volts for the non-rechargeable ones. .3 (point 3) volts lower is a significant difference when we're only talking about 1.5 volts.

    Expensive too those PowerEX are suppose the best - PowerEX D cells are almost 30 bucks for a two pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Countrybumpkin View Post
    Don't know who makes batteries for harbor freight, but their AA's and AAA's last well in storage! Have some a few years old sitting in a drawer, and no corrosion issues at all. And still hold power for when I need them!
    The Harbor Freight rips you off on the C & D cells - Like Energizer they stick a double A cell inside of a larger case and call it a D cell - Ya only get 1/4th of the capacity. Rip-off for sure when one is installing these things in outside security lights etc.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/pack-o...ies-97872.html

    That 2500 mah should be 10,000 on a D cell!

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    Duracell is just a brand, now owned by Proctor and Gamble. Yes, that P&G, maker of all sorts of consumer crap. Now I have some AAA Duracell "Procell" "not for retail" Professional batteries that are marked use by 2019. They appear in pristine condition. The package has the guarantee that they will repair or replace any item damaged. So the question is; are the consumer Duracell still made by P&G or have they been sold to some cheap chinese company? I have been buying "Ray o Vac" made in USA at Menards and they seem to be adequate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 33dInd View Post
    yeah
    your post prompted me to go look at my stash and sure enough about a 3d of the packages and batteries are toast
    Yep. I had to pitch a bunch last week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalknTrot View Post
    Frankly, they don't stay in rotation that long before being used around here. Maybe a couple years at most - and for that stretch, they are fine.
    The ones I pitched last week weren't even a year and a half old. First time this has happened, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tech020 View Post
    Duracell is just a brand, now owned by Proctor and Gamble. Yes, that P&G, maker of all sorts of consumer crap. Now I have some AAA Duracell "Procell" "not for retail" Professional batteries that are marked use by 2019. They appear in pristine condition. The package has the guarantee that they will repair or replace any item damaged. So the question is; are the consumer Duracell still made by P&G or have they been sold to some cheap chinese company? I have been buying "Ray o Vac" made in USA at Menards and they seem to be adequate.
    I had just ordered 216 of the Duracell Procell D cells a few days ago because I found a good deal. Came out to 97 cents a battery. I haven't received them yet but they have the same rating as the copper-top and suppose to be reliable for medical equipment (although that too could just be a marketing gimmick)

    Doing some searching sure enough a lot of people complaining about leaking copper-tops. I've never had one leak but yeah it seem it is a problem.

    In tests the Ray-O-Vacs always fall significantly short. Usually Duracells come out on top followed by Energizers. I think there were some Panasonic's that also tested well. I forget what else.

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    I go through a lot of Duracell AA size batteries. Inspection flashlight on day in and day out. Never had a problem with them leaking so far, but then again I go through them pretty fast.

    Energizer batteries are garbage in my experience. I have back up inspection flashlights in the Blazer-had a set of Energizers in a flashlight and they leaked out bad enough I had to toss the light.

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    I discovered that my smoke alarm duracell batteries were dead when I burned my roast. I called them and read the numbers off the batteries and they replaced them all!

    Cost them a good $20. They guarantee them so call the company and get replacements!

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    I found an old GI Angle head flashlight of mine with 2 D cells in it from 2000. They were in there for about 15 years and still worked fine, and they were in an old car. Anyway, had another set in the pack from 2011 all corroded.
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    Re: OP

    Same results here. I would add that those that did not show external corrosion....were weak.
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    I've switched over to Eneloops for most things. For something I care about I put in Energizer Lithiums, they also perform better in the cold.

    Here's a guy that's been doing some testing. It doesn't address leaking or storage. Energizer Lithiums outperformed by far. On a cost basis Amazon basics was the winner followed by Energizer. Run time 10:17

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7-ghrTqA44

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  32. After my bad experience with Duracells and Energizers leaking, I looked around and found Sony batteries. I've used them for several years now. The leak rate is minimal...two out of the hundreds I've gone through. We have an Energizer factory in our city and I've been told by employees that they actually made Sonys there. He said Sony had some rigid QC standards and unique manufacturing techniques...more so than other brands that they made for.

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    I have a few duracell rechargeables that are doing OK.

    They've been in service for a coupla years. probably only 20-30 discharge cycles tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackpine Savage View Post
    I've switched over to Eneloops for most things. For something I care about I put in Energizer Lithiums, they also perform better in the cold.

    Here's a guy that's been doing some testing. It doesn't address leaking or storage. Energizer Lithiums outperformed by far. On a cost basis Amazon basics was the winner followed by Energizer. Run time 10:17

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7-ghrTqA44

    Product Farm is awesome! I was going to post a similar video by BigClive;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I4l...ArGjKEdt3&t=0s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercury3 View Post
    All the rechargeable batteries are only 1.2 volts vs 1.5 volts for the non-rechargeable ones. .3 (point 3) volts lower is a significant difference when we're only talking about 1.5 volts.

    Expensive too those PowerEX are suppose the best - PowerEX D cells are almost 30 bucks for a two pack.
    Not entirely true. My Eneloop AA and AAA’s meter right at 1.4 volts fully charged. They also hold 70% of that charge for over a year. I’ve had no problems with them powering anything. Plus I’ve saved a considerable sum on the run and done conventional batteries. YMMV.
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    That is the problem with Duracell is that they often leak. When they don't leak then they truly are the longest lasting household battery. I have turned on a flash light with 20 year old Duracell's and they still work. I have a large pack of D cells from 2011 right next to me that never leaked. They are still in the package and I have no doubt that they are nearly fully charged still. If only they could fix there leak problem. They sure must know about it because most everyone else does.
    But not likely to die free

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    For applications where rechargeables will do, I've been using Rayovac Hybrids. For applications where disposables are called for, I've been using made-in-China Sunbeam alkaline batteries, a dollar a pack at Dollar Tree.

    Have not had any problems with either brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creedmoor View Post
    Not entirely true. My Eneloop AA and AAA’s meter right at 1.4 volts fully charged. They also hold 70% of that charge for over a year. I’ve had no problems with them powering anything. Plus I’ve saved a considerable sum on the run and done conventional batteries. YMMV.
    In general the chemistry only allows them to hold 1.2 volts. There may be some variance but so too with Alkaline Batteries which are sometimes 1.6 volts.

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    I stopped using Duracell 10 to 15 years ago due to voltage issues in my camera. Didn't have the problem with Energizer. I second the HF AA and AAA alkaline batteries. Five dollars for a pack of 24 is a good deal. The HF 4 pack of 9 volt alkaline batteries for 5.99 with a coupon is also a good deal.

    I thought it was common knowledge that batteries were supposed to be stored in the fridge. I keep mine in the bottom drawer of the fridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercury3 View Post
    In general the chemistry only allows them to hold 1.2 volts. There may be some variance but so too with Alkaline Batteries which are sometimes 1.6 volts.
    Lead acid batteries are 1.2 volts per cell

    Carbon and Alkaline batteries are 1.5 volts per cell.
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