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Old 08-28-15, 07:10 PM
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How can every electronic device possibly use a different size of button battery?

GRRRR

I thought I had my life standardized with a bunch of CR2032 button batteries.

Now I have some devices that take the CR2032
One takes a CR2354
One takes two CR1616 batteries
One takes a CR2025 battery
One takes an LR1130/LR1131 battery.

What's next?

Couldn't they just standardize, and all use the same battery?
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Old 08-28-15, 07:19 PM
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It's such a racket. The pricing is out of control too. I always have 2032's around, but my car key fob takes 1616's... They were $6 for one at the local stores, or ~$7 for 5 online, the latter actually being a better brand.

In Europe didn't they standardize cell phone chargers? We totally need to take a page from their book. Maybe there's legitimate electronic reasons for the different batteries?
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Old 08-28-15, 07:23 PM
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Of course not. That's how they all stay in business. Same with tools.
1st flat blade screwdrivers
2nd Phillips
3rd allen wrench sets
4th metric allen wrench sets
5th star shaped wrench sets

All to change a car headlight

Tip: buy your batteries from amazon or ebay. 50-90% cheaper than CVS or walgreens
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Old 08-28-15, 07:48 PM
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Farm co-op type stores tend to have better prices on 2032 and 2025's around here...~$4-5 for a card of four. (Farm & Fleet, Tractor Supply, etc)
Can't speak for the less common sizes though.
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Old 08-28-15, 07:51 PM
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whats crazy is how many amps some battery have I have some 1/2 by 2 inch batts that have like 35 amps ar 3.7 volts
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Old 08-28-15, 07:54 PM
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I always got to ebay for those oddball batteries.
I can typically find a pack of ten for about the same price retailers want for a single battery.
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Old 08-29-15, 08:25 AM
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I must agree, it is all part of a scheme to sell batteries, usually at high markups. Agree with RussB above: Find a deal on Amazon
or ebay. At CVS, or Walgreen's or most retailers, you are paying a very high markup for batteries.

Another thing: The number of devices sold today that require an odd number of AA batteries, when batteries are sold only in packages containing
even numbered quantities. This is clearly a subversive plot by the Illuminati, or someone. Those of us of a certain age can remember when batteries
were sold individually, from plastic chutes that were positioned right by the cash registers in stores. You could take 1, or two, or five, or as many as
you needed.

Apparently, this is what marketing people do: Come up with clever means to scam the public, knowing that most of them will never catch on.
Ok, rant over. Return to regular programming.
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Since my son was born, I've amassed quite a collection of button cell batteries, because every stupid little toy uses a different one, and usually needs 2 or 3. You can usually find a 10 pack on Amazon for the same price as 1 or 2 at Walgreen's.
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Old 08-29-15, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by RussB View Post
Of course not. That's how they all stay in business. Same with tools.
1st flat blade screwdrivers
2nd Phillips
3rd allen wrench sets
4th metric allen wrench sets
5th star shaped wrench sets

All to change a car headlight

Tip: buy your batteries from amazon or ebay. 50-90% cheaper than CVS or walgreens
Mustn't forget the Robertson screwdriver!

https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/...27-2008-e.html
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
Farm co-op type stores tend to have better prices on 2032 and 2025's around here...~$4-5 for a card of four. (Farm & Fleet, Tractor Supply, etc)
Can't speak for the less common sizes though.
Our local farm co-op closed a few years back. I'm not sure about the retail farm stores.

I went ahead and put in another online order, with a lifetime supply for the same price I would pay for a single battery in a retail store.

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Mustn't forget the Robertson screwdriver!

https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/...27-2008-e.html
I've got a space heater that has TRIANGLE screws, in a deep slot so it is nearly inaccessible without the proper driver.
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Ah another question best answered by "42"


G'gled 'batteries are us' got https://www.batteriesplus.com/
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Old 08-29-15, 01:59 PM
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Asside from the usual, my light-meter (Luna Pro) takes mercury batteries that havent been made in 30 years and the only replacement is an air activated battery that lasts 3 weeks once the tab is pulled.
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Old 08-31-15, 07:46 AM
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You think that's bad...I have remote sensors on my window alarm system that use this really odd battery. It is the same kind that used to be pretty common for cameras. Most cameras now have rechargeable packs so these are getting hard to find. The last time I went to look for them they were in dusty yellowing packages half falling out of the plastic.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Couldn't they just standardize, and all use the same battery?
Because engineers.
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Originally Posted by trackhub View Post
Another thing: The number of devices sold today that require an odd number of AA batteries, when batteries are sold only in packages containing
even numbered quantities. This is clearly a subversive plot by the Illuminati, or someone.
You can thank the hot dog and bun companies for inventing that!
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I have a cheap stop watch that has two different size batteries.


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Another thing: The number of devices sold today that require an odd number of AA batteries, when batteries are sold only in packages containing
even numbered quantities.
I have a headlamp for work that takes 3 AAA batteries. I buy the 12 pack at the store. Problem solved.
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