18, February 2013
Keys? Check. Wallet? Check. Phone? Check. While it may not make your A-list of must-haves before walking out the door, remembering to keep a mobile cell phone charger at work, in your car or stashed in your bag can prove to be convenient and reliable. One less thing to think about, one less thing to worry about.
Whether you need a charger for mobile phone battery-extension, MP3 battery extension, or tablet battery extension, it makes no difference: Mobile chargers are pretty much one-size-fits-all, so they can rescue most any portable electronic device that has a USB port. They don’t cost much, pack a pretty sweet charge, and keep your portable device usable even while charging.
The nightly chore of charging your phone while you sleep is not for everyone. Sometimes portable power is the only way to go for frequent mobile device users. Honestly, we can all think of a time when a quick boost of portable power was needed to fuel our electronic devices. If you’re not sure what kind of portable power you need, check out this quick rundown on Rayovac’s mobile battery charger offerings:
18, February 2013
History is a funny sort of thing. Certain unforgettable moments rise to the surface – world wars, political scandals, the discovery of new lands. So many other events sink below the surface, waiting to be discovered by curious minds. Those little buried gems add up to great richness. We’d argue that this richness includes Rayovac’s impact on the hearing-impaired world through a commitment to high performance batteries for hearing aids.
The Rayovac minds that filed patent on the first vacuum-tube hearing aid did so in 1937, the same year that Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Atlantic, the Hindenburg burst into flames, Hitler’s tyranny was unfolding, and pre-WWII unrest was beginning to stir in Asia. America was in the thick of the Great Depression. Needless to say, it’s no surprise that our patent filing wasn’t splashed across the front pages.
Still, that’s where Rayovac’s deep roots with the hearing-impaired world began. Those roots continue to keep us passionate when developing new battery for hearing aid technology. In 1963, nearly 30 years after the patent was filed, Rayovac opened its first facility dedicated to producing the best hearing aid battery that money could buy. In 1989, another facility was opened in the U.K., giving consumers worldwide the chance to try Rayovac batteries. Rayovac’s accomplishments in the hearing aid industry have been well documented. Check out the timeline below and view the illustrious history yourself. More...
18, February 2013
You know what they look like. You probably have some in your house. Maybe your strings of Christmas lights this year were lit with them. Maybe you use battery-operated LED lights in your flashlight. But do you really know what LED lights are?
LEDs, or Light-Emitting Diodes, are the Bionic Man of lights. They use scant energy to create more brilliant light, and they have remarkable staying power. Just as with incandescent bulbs, there are LED lights that screw into a base to be powered through a cord, and then there are also battery-operated LED lights. If you’ve seen LEDs, you’ve probably noticed how much brighter and whiter they are compared to incandescent bulbs. That stark light is the product of a phosphorous coating and metal conductor. There’s no need for an incandescent filament, which is the hair-fine wire that heats up to the point of glowing.
To explain what we mean by remarkable staying power, consider this: To get 200 hours of light from your average flashlight, you can expect to burn through 12 incandescent bulbs powered by 234 AA batteries. But you’d need just one LED light and 6 AA batteries to do the same job. The energy cost difference? Try $175 for the incandescent bulb versus just $7 for the LED. Now, that’s remarkable.
Rayovac offers a bounty of battery-operated LED lights, from glow sticks to reading lights. Kids tend to dig our magnetized LED party lights, shaped like little eggs and able to flash an alternating rainbow of colors. Grown-ups tend to enjoy our LED Floating Lantern, which can blast its shine up to 226 meters away. Last but not least – and probably the most important thing to keep on hand in your house and vehicle – are our LED flashlights. We’ve got tons. Because of the remarkable staying power and longer life of battery-operated LED lights, an LED flashlight is just the kind of light you want to have in your emergency kit!
18, February 2013
High-profile brands are always looking for new and creative ways to communicate with consumers using social media. In the realm of Rapid-Response Twitter campaigns, Rayovac has had the upper hand, becoming a top-ten trending topic in the U.S. for a second time.
This Thursday – December 20th, 2012 – Rayovac threw an hour-long virtual Snow Party where consumers could answer fun and often times challenging trivia questions. Over $1,200 in “Snow Pack” prizes were awarded to the trivia winners. At one point during the Snow Party, #rayovac was the 3rd most popular hashtag being used across the United States.
With large snowstorms blanketing many areas of the country, throwing a winter-themed Twitter party gave many more consumers the chance to attend the party and make good on their RSVP. Being cooped up at home made an afternoon party with Rayovac the place to be.
A common goal shared by many brands on Twitter is to become a nationally trending topic and as a result see an increase in followers. On Thursday, Rayovac succeeded on both fronts, welcoming droves of followers to its verified Twitter account and trending nationally for the second time in the past two years. To sum it up, the Rayovac Snow Party was yet another social success that was accomplished by thinking outside the box.
18, February 2013
If you've had a hearing aid for a while, you know that hearing aid technology just keeps getting better. The same holds true for all battery for hearing aid devices. No more mercury, for one thing, and longer and longer life. Yet not every hearing aid battery or cochlear battery is built the same. The battery you choose – and how you care for it – makes a noticeable difference.
Hearing aid battery 10, 13, 312, 675 are the most commonly used. Experience new technology by choosing one of our zinc-air varieties. They use air from outside the battery as a power source, giving you clearer tones and fewer volume adjustments. With a zinc-air battery, you won’t be fiddling behind your ear with every setting or scene change. In addition to longer battery life, there will be no more “what's that you say?” And a lot less “huhs” and “whatsats.”
Since they're so darn tiny, there's a temptation to pop spare batteries in your pocket or purse. You know the general advice when it comes to temptations: Resist! That's because metal objects such as coins and keys can short out batteries. Also, be mindful of the temperatures where you store your hearing aid battery or cochlear battery, because extreme heat or cold can do a number on battery life and efficacy. Yes, that means glove compartments are probably not a good idea either. Room temperatures are your best bet – but make sure you store these and any other button batteries out of reach of curious tots who could swallow them.
Great Grandma didn't have the choices you have today when it came to her battery for hearing aid power. Take advantage, take care, and live your life without your mind on that little thing with big power in your ear!
18, February 2013
Laverne or Shirley? Boxers or briefs? White meat or dark meat? Oh, the hard questions of our time! In our high-tech society, the question of alkaline or rechargeable batteries has finally landed in this elite group of either/or’s. Don’t you sometimes find yourself standing in the battery aisle thinking about eloping with the rechargeable batteries and charger and kicking your relationship with alkaline batteries to the curb?
Hang on, cowboy. There’s no need to break up with your alkaline batteries—and at the same time, by all means, go ahead and grab those rechargeable batteries and charger. Alkaline batteries and rechargeable batteries each have different features that make them attractive, so you really need both!
Alkaline Batteries lose power at a much slower rate than rechargeable batteries. That’s why they’re best for slow-drain devices like your remote controls, home phones, and the LED display on your home elliptical machine. Alkaline batteries are also your best bet for emergency devices and your alarm clock—things that could seriously bungle your life if you don’t use a slow-drain battery.
Rechargeable Batteries are best for frequent-use and/or high-drain devices like your Wii nunchucks and digital cameras. You don’t want to break the bank buying truckloads of alkaline batteries for these devices, but if you’re like most people, you use them all the time. That’s why rechargeables are your best bet here. What are the best rechargeable batteries? Are you kidding? We’ve got plenty to choose from, including some with nice, little portable chargers—even a charger you can hang on your keychain!
So, there you have it. When it comes to alkaline vs. rechargeables, you can have your cake and eat it too. No need to fully commit to one or the other, because no household is complete without both!