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Old 07-30-08, 06:30 PM   #1
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is it common for "new" stock batteries to be bad?

I received a new Topeak light today and it doesn't work. The light doesn't appear to be damaged. Maybe the supplied Sanyo CR123A lithium batteries are duds?
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Yep, I received duds. I forked out some money for some new batteries.
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I've found Ni-MH batteries available in department stores have a 25% failure rate. If you need 4 purchase 6 because 1 or 2 of them will be bad. After you charge and use them use a voltmeter to find and return the bad ones to the retailer. The bad ones will show almost no voltage with the good ones showing above .6 volts when discharged.
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Thanks n4zou for the information. I ordered batteries from dealextreme a few days ago. In the meantime, I went ahead and bought a pack of two for $10. I called bikesomewhere.com this morning. I told them that the supplied batteries were bad and that I spent $10 for new ones. They refunded me $10! Pretty cool considering I wasn't even asking for that.
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I've found Ni-MH batteries available in department stores have a 25% failure rate.
I appreciate hearing this. I bought two 4-packs of Duracell Ni-MH's and at least two of them were worthless. Since I wasn't using them intensively it took me a few months to realize something wasn't right. By then I'd lost the receipt. Will be more conscientious about it from now on.
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