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Beginner’s Guide to Buying Batteries | Rayovac Blog

by rayovac11, July 2014

Beginners Guide to Buying Batteries

Welcome. If you’re looking to purchase some batteries and don’t know where to start, then you’ve come to the right place. Nobody and we mean nobody knows batteries like Rayovac. Since the company’s inception in 1906, Rayovac has made a name for itself producing quality alkaline batteries right here in the United States!

Being in the battery industry for well over 100 years, Rayovac has infinite wisdom when it comes to making and purchasing batteries. Buying batteries may seem like an easy task but for some the trip to the store is a bit more complicated. If you need a little help, pay attention to the following tips.

Tip #1: Buy the Correct Size

Alkaline batteries come in a variety of sizes including AA, AAA, C, D and 9V. Choose the correct size by reading the device label or simply by using the following list.  More...

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6 Reasons Your iPhone Should Never Be Without Power

by rayovac16, May 2013

How much space do you need to hold a guitar tuner, baby monitor, cookbook, flashlight, level, radio and camera? If you own an iPhone, the answer is easy: about the space of a back pocket. But when your iPhone power is gone and you don’t have a charger, the most that magic machine can hold is maybe a drink – you know, like a coaster? With Rayovac’s line of portable power products, you’ve got six reasons your iPhone should never suffer that fate: More...

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Rayovac to Release New Packaging Solutions

by rayovac29, April 2013

Keeping children safe has always been a top priority for Rayovac. To tackle this priority head on, Rayovac has developed new coin cell packaging that aims to decrease the likelihood of accidental battery ingestion. Three substantial updates have been made to increase safety:

1: Updated warnings on the front and back sides of the battery pack.

2: Individual sealing around cells in multipacks to ensure unused batteries remain secure in pack.

3: Trapping the blister between two cards making it more difficult for children to open.

According to research, of the 6% of coin cell ingestions that occurred due to consumers retrieving the battery directly from the packaging, the majority were obtained from packs that were already open. The trapped blister coin cell packs will largely decrease the number of batteries that are inadvertently swallowed by children. Once the initial battery is used, the cut off portion can be thrown away leaving a complete package with no open crevices or exposed blister. Children will find this package virtually impossible to open and thus give up on their curious pursuit of placing the battery in their mouth.

Updating the product’s warning labels is the simplest way to increase packaging safety. The current warning label details the risk of bodily harm if the battery is swallowed. Emboldening the warning label and putting a warning on the front of the pack is an update that certainly lends itself to increased safety. Half the battle is making parents aware of the hazards associated with coin cells. Providing an updated warning can make the message clearer to parents that coin cells need to be out of the reach of small children. Buying packs with multiple cells is now safer than ever.

Safety is the one trend that never gets old. Check out this link to learn more about lithium coin cell safety: http://www.rayovac.com/Learning/Coin-Cell-Safety.aspx

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Your Great Grandmother's Battery for Hearing Aid: Not So Much Anymore

by rayovac18, 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!

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Disaster Preparedness for the Diabetic: Don’t Get Caught without Alkaline Batteries

by rayovac18, February 2013

Rummaging through a drawer for candles and a lighter is a romantic’s approach to a power outage. No batteries, no problem, right? Not so for people living with insulin-dependent diabetes. In honor of American Diabetes Month, November is a good time for this special subset of the population to stock up on alkaline batteries. Why? With battery- operated devices such as glucometers and insulin pumps, diabetics can ill afford to be caught without a fresh supply of alkaline batteries.

 

It’s a common situation for any season of the year: a storm hits and your electricity goes out. Most people worry little about an outage unless the storm is catastrophic or the time period of the outage is extensive, as we’ve seen with Super Storm Sandy. But even a much shorter, much less dramatic outage can spell trouble for someone who depends on a glucometer or insulin pump.

The average glucometer clocks many hours each and every day, and most models are battery-operated. Low batteries can cause error messages, unreliable readings, and eventually a glucometer gone kaput until fresh batteries arrive. As for insulin pumps, a dead battery isn’t even an option. The simple solution is to keep your alkaline battery reserves stocked up, making you ready to power all of your devices at a moments notice. More...

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“Go Green” with Your Next Hearing Aid Battery

by rayovac18, February 2013

Need a new battery for your hearing aid? Wondering about the quality of the mercury-free varieties on the market? Mercury-free batteries possess the same reliable power and performance as their less-green predecessors but with the added value of contributing to a cleaner environment. A “green” hearing aid battery does more than just keep mercury out of landfills. They also help customers comply with newly enacted legislation that has banned mercury-containing button batteries.

What's the Mercury Fuss All About?

Every discarded battery that isn’t mercury-free contributes to an unsafe environment. When a tossed-out battery begins to degrade, the mercury it contains will seep into the ground. That tiny bit of mercury will then combine with mercury seepage from other decomposing batteries. Eventually, the accumulation can creep into our drinking water and contaminate neighboring lakes and streams. Other disturbing results include the death of wildlife and deformities it can create in their offspring. More...

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