- Feb 18, 2008
Yeah, the C adapters I have look like that. They are open at each end, so there can be contact issues depending on the light (or device).
Alkaline battery prices across the board are up.Well I've looked online at the Lowes' and Home Depot sites and their prices are just as high as Kroger's were. I thought I had it made when looking at the Battery Junction site, until I found out that the >$50 free shipping doesn't apply to D-cells. By the time shipping cost was added, the price-per-cell was.... pretty much the same as the other stores.
I don't know if the prices are like that nationwide now or not, but it seems like for whatever reason D-cells are now selling for about 2 bucks per cell at minimum.
I noticed that too when I looked them up. They are some heavy suckers - high 'grams:$' ratio. Sounds like for 'D's, I might deviate from my norm and buy local.I thought I had it made when looking at the Battery Junction site, until I found out that the >$50 free shipping doesn't apply to D-cells.
Sure are:Alkaline battery prices across the board are up.
It's even worse with non-common ones such as button or coin-cell batts.
I'd say your best bet for D-cells (though no guarantees) would be the Home Depot in-house branded HDX batteries. I've got limited experience with those. But found them to be on par with D batteries from other brands. Usually they're quite a bit lower in price than the other brands. Not sure if that applies for online sales, but I've had good luck at their physical, Brick & Mortar locations.Yeah, the crazy thing was that even the Kroger brand D and C were the same prices as Energizer and Duracell! I thought what the heck, this is a scam!
I'll probably bite the bullet and get a 12 pack of D somewhere just to have on hand for my battery powered fan, in case of hot weather power outages.
I picked up a bunch of EBL NiMH D cells several years ago (along with a few C's) and am still using them happily. I think one has died in that time but the rest are going strong.As for actual D NiMh batteries, need more tests to see how long they will stay charged in a Maglite or other light. I don't see an easy solution in any case but whether you store Eneloops AAA > D adapters or NiMh D cells in the lights and have a partial charge or run the risk ruining lights with alkaline D batteries, or just get cheapo D flashlights and not worry about it.. I'd say that's up to the consumer.
I do the same thing. Though I don't use many alkalines in my own stuff, a number of the large commercial facilities I've worked at use them in large quantities. It's not too uncommon to find, say, one bad cell in a device that takes three, so you've actually got two that are still usable. I'll match these by voltage, set them aside... I use the ~1.4v ones in low draw stuff like remote controls, and the ~1.5v ones as new.Alkaline price not a problem here, just extracted seven Energizer and Duracell D's from recycle. One was dead, rest are at 1.4v to 1.5v no-load. In the last dozen years I have not met anyone else who takes the time to do this (all of 5-10 minutes for the last case). People usually just complain about price and buy more, while many go on under-utilizing the product.