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Forum topic by BlankMan posted 11-28-2009 07:14 AM 1356 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2009 07:14 AM

Darn batteries. Went to use the digital caliper the other day and you guessed it, dead battery. Had to use an old fashion dial caliper, can you believe that! ;) So today Menard’s had a sale on 2-packs half price for $3, I bought four. I’m stocked up now. With 6 things that use those batteries I should be good for a while. Watch, they’ll be dead too by the time I need them, just my luck… Hope they have a good shelf life.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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#1 posted 11-28-2009 07:39 AM

same here, it seems the batteries KNOW when you need to use the tool, and die the very same day.

I have chosen not to use anything that requires batteries in the shop since I don’t have a regular schedule, and batteries will just not survive for me. I am still looking for a good replacement for my digital caliper. lee valley has some nice ones, just have to find the right time for the $$ expense.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 11-29-2009 02:33 AM

I agree…Wixey makes some neat stuff, but like you said, the batteries are key :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 11-29-2009 03:46 AM

Store the extra batteries in the freezer. It will prolong the shelf life.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 11-29-2009 04:01 AM

Thanks Topa, got a freezer in the basement, might give that a try.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 11-29-2009 04:11 AM

Quick tip.

Currently at Costco/Sam’s club (maybe available in other stores as well) there are a set of the flameless candles that come in 24 candles per pack plus 24 spare batteries. Want to guess what the battery is in the candles??

CR2032 Lithium Cells

Cost for candle pack ??? about $14 US. That makes them less than 30cents a piece.

The Wixey digital angle guage uses this battery. I now have 48 spare batteries for about $14.

I don’t see them listed online, but they were in the store when we went a day ago. I think they were a limited purchase item, so get them while they last.

It looks like Home Depot is listing something similar, but thier website doesn’t say what kind of batterys they use.

Rob

-- Rob-Yorktown "Shop's still not done, Tools are bought, Wood is bought, need to find time to start a project.."

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#6 posted 11-30-2009 04:32 PM

there was an article around 2004, that discussed the storing of batteries in a refrigerated environment (freezer/fridge). they also interviewed someone at Energizer (or Duracell, or one of the mfg) and they stated that in the old days, keeping the batteries refrigerated actually helped prolong their performance, but as of late it has no effect, and batteries kept in a refrigerator or outside of one will both perform the same. something to do with the materials, and construction of todays batteries.

google it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 11-30-2009 05:00 PM

Yeah I found that out too after thinking about it, Google is my firend. :) How did we ever survive without it? ;) It looks like the disposable batteries now only self discharge 1-2% per year. Still I’m thinking I might drop them in the freezer. Freezer’s in the basement, toolbox is in the basement, horse apiece which one they’re stored in.

Hey Rob, what brand are the batteries? Unless I’m missing something it looks just under 60 cents apiece but still a way good deal. Ok I see, you’re counting the candles too, I’d just be focused on the batteries and put the candles on eBay. ;)

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 11-30-2009 06:11 PM

Curt—Just one more good reason to have a refrigerator in the shop (move over Miller … make room for Duracell)! I do keep batteries in the little fridge in the shop. I have had bad luck with some of the off-brands and private labels so I stick with the major brands.

At least it looks like Wixey is trying to standardize to a single battery for their tools. My original planer gauge used a battery that the local big box did not stock. I was pleasantly surprised when I bought the upgrade as it uses the same battery my other Wixey tools use.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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BlankMan

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#9 posted 11-30-2009 06:46 PM

Yeah I only have a freezer in the basement, I have to run upstairs to enjoy the High Life. And I agree, I’m glad Wixey did that. It’s also nice on a lot of their stuff that they supply an extra second battery too. It’s a minor thing but a nice touch. When I bought the digital caliper from the Woodcraft store the battery in it was dead from sitting on the shelf and Woodcraft refused to replace it. They said that is why you get the extra battery, I thought that was hogwash.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 11-30-2009 06:49 PM

I never really cared much for Woodcraft customer service, and approach. they always seemed to be trying to push you their products and get you out the door. Rockler seems to be the complete opposite. at least that’s how it is in my area.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 11-30-2009 07:31 PM

PurpLev ya know I have to agree with you, I favor Rockler too although the Woodcraft here has gotten better. I started going to both about the same time, I found the people at Woodcraft at that time snobbish, so I didn’t go there as much probably 90/10, only if I had too or for a good sale. I’ve gotten to know the Woodcraft franchise owner and his wife and another couple that work there that I think might be part owners on a first name basis (same with the people at Rockler some that I really like and joke around with all the time) and know now that all of them at Woodcraft are pretty nice people and helpful. So now I’m maybe 75/25 but that has a lot to with the sales Rockler does. I think the franchise model is hurting the Woodcraft franchise owners in that case.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#12 posted 11-30-2009 08:13 PM

Blankman, yes I was figuring canning the candles and just using the batteries. So 30 cent a piece. The LOML bought a set and I noticed the batteries and was going to commodere them for my use. Once I found out how much the cost, I just picked up a set for the shop. So now I have a bunch of spares and can even add a little ambience to the shop! : )

Rob

-- Rob-Yorktown "Shop's still not done, Tools are bought, Wood is bought, need to find time to start a project.."

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#13 posted 11-30-2009 08:18 PM

Rob LOL – the ambience…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 11-30-2009 09:42 PM

Curt & PurpLev—This is off-topic, but I think Curt said the magic words (‘franchise owners’). I do some business at the Woodcraft store in Madison, WI, and have always felt very good about the service and knowledgable staff there. Never been in another Woodcraft, but the service I have gotten at the Rockler stores in the Twin Cities is top drawer.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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BlankMan

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#15 posted 11-30-2009 10:14 PM

Dane, not really off topic, natural progression I would say.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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