Company’s waiting and you’re scrambling around the house looking for batteries. You find a 4-pack with 2 left in your junk drawer next to some old candles but sadly they’ve gone way past their best before date. Sound familiar? Help is on the way! Duracell has added DURALOCK Power Preserve Technology into their batteries that guarantees up to 10 years of power preservation depending on battery type.
While a growing number of devices now have non-removeable batteries, there are still a number of gadgets that use your traditional alkaline AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, coin cell batteries and the like.
Regardless of shape and size, it’s amazing how much we rely on batteries to power our gadgets, yet we constantly end up in panic mode when they die or run dry.
“We know that consumers don’t typically spend a lot of time thinking about batteries,” said Victoria Maybee, communications manager for Duracell Canada.
The new Duracell batteries with Duralock Power Preserve Technology can easily be identified not only by an extended best before date but also by the new Duralock ring on the battery itself.
The company says they have improved some of the things that typically reduce a battery’s life. These include significant enhancements to the purity of the ingredients in the alkaline cell; better protection via a unique separator between the anode(-) and the cathode(+) to reduce the probability of shorting; and better corrosion protection surrounding the contents with nickel-plated steel and an acid resistant and anticorrosive shell.
Of course actual shelf life is going to depend on how you store them to enable you to get your guaranteed shelf life.
Good news is that they won’t cost any more than before.
Variable Reserve Power
Now not all the new and improved batteries are good for 10 years.
The Duracell ULTRA (AA/AAA), CopperTop (AA/AAA/C/D) and Lithium Coin will offer 10 years of reserve life; CopperTop 9V is five years; Hearing Aid (alkaline) is four years; Rechargeables and Alkaline coin cell batteries are three years.
While it would not be possible to comprehensively test a 10-year battery unless I was Marty McFly from Back to the Future, a longer shelf life battery is certainly welcome in my junk drawer or wherever I happen to stash them.
Photos Courtesy: Duracell Canada
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