Eneloop AAA negative 'jacket' end

bobisculous

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I am just getting into some rechargeable batteries. Naturally I went with some eneloops. The AA eneloops seem to be perfectly good, but I am having issues with the AAAs that I got. The white plastic jacket that goes around the battery comes short of going to the end of the battery, on the negative terminal side. So I then have the negative end making connection to my lights, with the switch being on. My Preon is where this is happening in particular. It flashes (when off) when I tap on the end of it, usually just flashes. Sometimes it will stay on though.

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You can see the jacket is much shorter than the AA eneloop, and you can clearly see that it will make a connection before it gets to the threads.
Does that look normal, or did I get a bad package?
 

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It's normal bobisculous. In fact, it's normal for a number of different brands of NiMH AAA cells, including those made by Duracell, Energizer and Rayovac.
 

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Yeah, seems like most, but not all AAA cells are that way. I wish they weren't, as it does cause shorting in some applications. I have trouble with a couple 3xAAA lights I have (that actually work), for those, I pretty much just use an 18500, anymore.

Dave
 

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I have come across a few AAA cells where the covering does wrap around the negative end and these have been a problem in some chargers -- so I have snipped the covering off :crazy:

Maybe you can wrap a bit of thin paper around the cell before putting it in the light to stop the end making contact where it shouldn't?
 

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It's odd. If it is doing it, making that connection, I can take the batteries out and re-seat them and usually it works as normal.

What is something that is very thin (maybe a liquid that would solidify) , and not conductive? Clear nail polish perhaps? 'Paint' it on the edge of the negative terminal is what I am thinking.
 

metlarules

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I just looked at some newly purchased Rayovac 4.0 aaa and their jacket goes all the way to the bottom.
 

Bright+

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I suppose you can coat the inner surface of the light near where the negative terminal rests with clear fingernail polish or

something like it to reduce the possibility.
 
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