11, January 2016
Rayovac batteries have been powering America since 1906 and we are thrilled to celebrate our 110th birthday on Sunday, January 17th. Join us in celebrating our rich heritage and check out some of our accomplishments over the years.
On January 17th, 1906 J. B. Ramsay founded The French Battery Company in Madison, Wisconsin.
In 1914, The French Battery Company started selling flashlights under the trade name “French Flasher.” The term “flashlight” was used because the dry cells at that time were so weak that a steady beam of light depleted them too quickly, making it necessary to flash the light on and off for just a few seconds at a time to reduce the drain. More...
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...