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Alkaline battery prices, value

Discussion in 'The OT' started by AntAltMike, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    I picked up two 48 packs (24AA/24AAA) of the Ray-o-vacs at HD today. They still had plenty from the BF sale - $7.88/pack - a helluva good deal, IMO.
  2. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Where'd you buy them?

    Perhaps pushed by the auto industry?

  3. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    Probably Target or a drugstore chain. I buy so few because I use rechargables where I can.

    I think I have some DirecTV remotes with the original batteries from 4-5 years ago.

    The auto industry is certainly a huge potential user but battery chemistry has been advancing rapidly in recent years. (I have 22KWhr of charged batteries sitting in the driveway.)

    I can remember as a kid putting carbon cells in a warm oven for a few minutes to get a few more minutes of use in a toy - most likely my erector set 3 volt motor.
  4. AntAltMike

    AntAltMike Hall Of Fame

    Nov 20, 2004
    Ah yes, the DC-3, the motor that let my robot travel further than the cord length of the A49, reversible, gear reduction motor:



    Someone else's robot. (Mine used four of the 3" wheels with the red hubs):


    Did you know that a long time ago, some Erector sets had wind-up motors? Back in the early 1960s, my local Western Auto scrounged up a dust-covered, entry level erector set - the kind that came in a tube and cost about $2 - and it had an old flyer in it listing a few more upscale sets available back when this kit had been packaged, and one featured a wind-up motor, so I wrote a letter to Gilbert, asking them if I could buy just the motor, and they sent me one for free!

    From Girders & Gears:

    "...in 1938, another major change in Erector motive power took place. In that year, the P58 disappeared from Erector sets once and for all, to be replaced by the first and only mechanical motor ever to appear in an Erector set, the A48. This motor contained a large clockwork spring which was wound tight using a special key. The A48 remained in Erector sets until 1956, disappearing for only two years at the end of the 1940s."



    "...the A49 Electrical Engine also appeared for the first time in 1938. It measured 2¾" h. x 3" w. x 5½" l. and weighed a whopping 2 pounds 2 oz. During its long tenure as the most famous of all Erector motors, it underwent many minor engineering and cosmetic changes, while still retaining its well-known shape and general appearance.

    ...The new version of the A49 which appeared in 1954 differed from its previous incarnations in several ways: paint color was now blue-grey, there were minor cosmetic changes to the motor housing, and most significantly, it used the A47's improved gearbox...."



    "The final Erector motor replacement came in 1957 when the A48 mechanical motor made way for the first new battery powered motor in many years, the DC3. This 3-volt motor along with the A49 remained in Erector sets until the end of Erector production in 1962...."
  5. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    Didn't know that, but makes sense since a lot of toys had wind up 'motors'.

    I always lusted after the 110 volt drive but never got one.
  6. ts7

    ts7 Mentor

    Nov 1, 2011
    Personally I've had generally poor experience with Rayovac in that they seemed to need replacing more often (tended to leak more and didn't hold a charge as long) than Energizer and Duracell but then YMMV. I think a lot depends on how the batteries are being used.

    I watch for the sales and stock up - timing is everything and the big name brands can often be had for about the same price as the lesser known brands. For example Menards has Duracell 24pk AA or AAA for $9.88.
  7. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    A 24pk for $9.88 is a far cry from 48 for $7.88.
  8. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
    I still have an Erector set in the original red tin box with the A49 motor that I got as a kid.

    When I buy batteries I try and get Duracell's when they are on sale or if I find a coupon.

    I have noticed Costco has a large bubble pack of Duracell's that I plan to check out next time I am there.
  9. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    I've switched over to using 'enloop' (sanyo) rechargeable batteries in everything. They are pretty inexpensive on amazon.com, last a long time, and charge pretty quickly.
  10. kc1ih

    kc1ih Legend

    May 22, 2004
    Hudson, FL
    Any opinions on the “Werker” alkaline batteries sold at Batteries Plus?
  11. ts7

    ts7 Mentor

    Nov 1, 2011
    You get what you pay for. Consider the value of the devices you put the batteries in and decide if it is worth saving a few cents on batteries that are more likely to damage the device or not be there when you need it.
  12. AntAltMike

    AntAltMike Hall Of Fame

    Nov 20, 2004
    How do we know that batteries discounted by one retailer to $9.88 for a 24 pack are inferior to batteries that are discounted by another retailer to $7.88 for a 48 pack?

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