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October 21st, 2005

Batteries

If you could be any type of battery, what type would you be?

I’d choose rechargable AAA, slim and trim and able to power small devices for hours. There’s nothing like buying portable electronics that say simply, “Required: one AAA battery.” AAs can be bulky, especially when you need to use four or more at a time and when was the last time you used a D battery for anything other than a flashlight? 9-volts are the black sheep of the battery family, though they still play a vital role filling the gap between 8 and 10 volts.

The worst type of battery: a watch battery. Too small, easily lost, and a pain in the ass to replace.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: COD
DATE: Friday October 21, 2005 -- 12:24:39 pm
My GE SuperRadio uses D cells. You forgot those big 5 pound 6V batteries that are the size of a brick. I have a couple of flashlights that use thouse - and a camping lantern too.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday October 21, 2005 -- 3:04:38 pm
AA, all the way. D is pretty useless, I've got to say - although I've noticed a decline in the popularity of C.



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Saturday October 22, 2005 -- 10:19:30 am
I just bought a cool 15v 504 "B" battery for an old camera. This was a vary common item up until about 1971. It's pretty cool and very individual. Everyeady still makes them and they're surprisingly easy to get with the new-fangled internets.

If that battery doesn't count, how about a AAAA battery? Just saw a pack of them in the regular battery rack the first time last week at Walgreen's or CVS. If you like slim and powerful, Ryan, AAAA may be the new AAA.

I'm still a big fan of the D cell. It's like a handgrenade. I have an old AM radio that was made inside a stitched leather case that sounds cool. I suppose it's like a gas guzzling car these days, with its 4 D-cell requirement.

Paul, you're right. C cells seem to be going the way of the B cell. Though, I just bought my neice a Spongebob singalong CD player and it takes C cells. I'm a cool uncle and shipped batteries along. Before that, I hadn't bought C cells since my 1980 Radio Shack radio-controlled tank died. This is the same toy tank seen in the movie "Stripes."



FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday October 22, 2005 -- 3:13:20 pm
I'd be one of those "N" batteries. Good voltage, rare, and damned expensive.



FROM: Marcus
DATE: Tuesday October 25, 2005 -- 11:14:37 pm
Lithium Polymer batteries all the way. I've gotta be cutting edge and breakthrough. ;) Just make sure you wear your Carbon-X in case I catch fire. As with any new technology, I'm bound to have a few kinks to be worked out... but when they get me ironed out, everything else will go the way of the dinosaur...

At least 'til someone perfects perpetual motion propulsion technology or gets 1 billion miles per liter out of Fuel Cells...



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