Alkaline Battery Packaging

Apparently, we’ve burned enough cargo aircraft and killed enough people to require careful attention to detail in battery packages:

Amazon alkaline AAA packaging
Amazon alkaline AAA packaging

These “Ships from and sold by Amazon” alkaline AA cells arrived by UPS. They now fall under reasonable requirements to prevent shorting and damage, although the cardboard box wasn’t sturdy enough to prevent them from breaking free laterally.

One might quibble about the “Health & Personal Care Item” description, but, yeah, better battery packaging seems like a good idea.

  1. #1 by Raj on 2020-01-16 - 06:02

    Ed, please do a capacity test as I know you have the equipment. I find them draining out faster than Duracells.

    • #2 by Ed on 2020-01-16 - 10:01

      As nearly as I can tell, every “Amazon Basics” lot came from a different manufacturer with a different cell wrapper. The most recent AA and AAA gray cells were made in Indonesia, but the 9 V white batteries came from China. I’m reasonably sure testing today’s lot won’t tell us anything about tomorrow’s lot and, for sure, yesterday’s tests won’t predict anything about either. [mutter]

      In low-drain service (clocks, remotes) they last for a year or two, which is about as good as it gets.

      I’m reasonably sure I’ve gotten fake “brand name” batteries, so the best I can hope for is not getting counterfeit batteries labeled with Amazon’s house brand. No guarantee, of course!

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