Duracell 2650's Complete Garbage

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Mike Iver

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I bought an 8 pack several months ago and these batteries are absolute garbage. Brand new if you did not use them in a week you would have to recharge them. I have had 3 complete failures so far and I bet it won't be long before the rest fail. I called Duracell and they said they would send me a coupon to replace them. They sent me a $10.00 coupon. I payed double that for them. So when I called again and said that I still wasn't happy, I was told that I ruined the batteries by not using a Duracell charger. I was also told that on the back of the pack of batteries that it stated the warranty was void if you do not use a Duracell charger. Oh well, Duracell sells crap and dosen't stand behind it. I guess I expected more from a company like Duracell.
 
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I've read complaints about these cells before but I'm not sure if it was about self discharge or low capacity. I have only four of these cells and just checked the set that was charged a week or two ago on a ZTS. Three showed 80% and the other 100% Maybe I got some good ones!
 
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I've read some great reviews for these cells. I own 4 and they are some of the best cells that I have used.

P.S. Often I find that if I have not used them for a while I ned to cycle them once or twice to get back to full capacity.
 
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I've got a good rockin experience from these cells and i charge them using GP 2-hour charger series.

I believe you just got a bad batch of batts. I did have a bad batch of batteries from GP too that self-discharges within one week.
 
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It very well could be that I got a bad batch. I know that I didn't ruin them in my chargers and the back of the pack does not state that they must be charged with a Duracell charger. I am not going to lose any sleep over the lost money, but it is just the principle. I try to only purchase products that the manufactures will stand behind (usually they are made better). If I was the only one who got bad batteries from Duracell I might understand, but I find it hard to believe that I am the only person who got batteries from this bad batch.
 
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You're not the only one, many people had Duracell 2650 mAh go bad after less than 20 cycles. Mines has yet to go bad but I haven't used them that much... Contact Duracell again! They have always been nice with me with bad products!
 
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I got a dud batch that went bad in about 5 cycles. They happily gave me some coupons though as a goodwill gesture when I complained.
 
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So, it isn't confined to Sanyo/Energizer, eh? It's looking like 2500mAh or thereabouts is indeed some sort of hard physical limit.
 
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Canuke said:
So, it isn't confined to Sanyo/Energizer, eh? It's looking like 2500mAh or thereabouts is indeed some sort of hard physical limit.

i always wonder if it is confined to buying cheap knockoffs on e-bay though :) there are so many fake clones out there.
 
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I would contact them again, but I don't want their coupons anymore. I really don't think that I did or said anything wrong and the lady on the phone treated me like a piece of crap. I asked to talk to her boss and she said I couldn't because he was on the phone. He was supposed to call me back.........still waiting. If that is what they call customer service - I'll never buy duracell again.
 
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Garbage, he say ?:thinking:

These have been better than several other brands that I've used. I use two in a Nuwai LED (ROV Extreme) and they last a couple of weeks between charges...I couldn't be happier. I also use these in a Sony portable CD player, which gets several hours of duty at work, every day, and only needs charging weekly. :twothumbs

I'm wanting to make a shrink-pack of 6, and install them into a two-way radio pack on a Motorola. Considering that Motorola only gave us 1200mAH on the original packs, this should be outstanding.

So...these are no garbage for me. We shall see.:D
 
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I bought Energizer 2500 and the Duracell 2650 at the same time around two years ago. The Energizers were junk. They would not hold their charge longer than a week. The Duracell's are still being used by my daughter in her camera, they work great.
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EDIT: BTW Energizer also sent me a 10.00 off coupon for more 2500 rechargeables. I bought Lithiums with it!

Bill
 
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I got mine on-sale for $9.99 for a pack of 8 about a year ago. I got 3 packs. These have been working well for my needs:

Running my Motorola 2 way radios, running my M*g ROP, running my Black and Decker PowerToGo mods, running my Coleman 1watt headlights, etc.

The only issue is that I need to recharge them if sitting unused for more than 2 weeks. Other than that, it works really well.
 
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Anything over 2400 mAH and things start getting iffy.
 
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I've had great luck with these batteries, and they perform right alongside my Maha Powerex 2700 mAh batteries.

I do charge regularly and use the refresh/analyze function of my Maha c-9000 charger to ensure that my batteries remain in good condition.

Sorry you had such a bad experience.

If I am going to use non-LSD batteries, I generally charge them within a few days of my planned use (caving). Otherwise, I use eneloops/duraloops.
 
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Anything over 2400 mAH and things start getting iffy.
well I have Sanyo 2700 and everything is fine after more than 30 cycles :thumbsup:
But I agree that above 2400, the challenge is high to make reliable cell and I found that only Sanyo succeed
 
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Where were they made? My made in Japan ones are just fine.
 
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I have had mine for 2years now and there still going strong, i dont use them in my lights anymore since i went with all lsd's. Now the only time they get used is when there in my Airtronics M8.
 
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My wife had some of these, and being the non-flashaholic / non-chargeraholic she is, they held up superbly. I put them on the C-9000 and they came out, IIRC, right at rated capacity, and that's for cells over a year old and abused.
 

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