Do you scavenge for batteries?

@trruk1 (1031)
United States
November 10, 2009 10:51am CST
I should own stock in a battery manufacturer. We buy them (mostly AA) in the biggest package we can find but we do not always remember to get more when we use the last ones. So when a cordless mouse goes dead and we are out of batteries, I have to scavenge. Okay, I will take the ones out of my Game Boy Advance. No, those are nearly dead. The flashlight? The one in this room uses C cells. Okay, there is one in my toolbox that uses AA. Problem solved for now. Of course, when I need that flashlight, it has no batteries. Game Boy Advance? No, still have not replaced those. We have so many gadgets that use batteries that I can always find something to cannibalize. I do not want to buy a huge stock of batteries because they have a shelf life. So it happens that when I neglect to replenish my stock I have to scavenge.
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10 responses
• United States
10 Nov 09
I used to do that until I bought rechargables for my wii and I have saved so much money. It was like $16 for 4 AAs and a recharging thing that you plug into the wall. Might be a good investment.
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• Puerto Rico
10 Nov 09
Rechargables are the best ones, you spend more money buying new ones than buying rechargables for 16$.
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@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
11 Nov 09
Yes, I have to scavenge for batteries. I had a few small poker games with dobule AA batteries and I need the batteries for remote for TV. Now I can not play the poker games and I always forget to pick them up when I go shopping probably because I forget to put them on my shopping list.
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@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
11 Nov 09
Ever since rechargeable batteries came about, I started buying them. So, no, I don't scavenge for batteries. Part from that, I keep my battery supply organized and I throw out what's been used. If there isn't any more batteries in the cabinet, that means I'm out and I go to the store and buy.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
10 Nov 09
I don't have that many battery powered things, but I still scrounge for batteries and never remember to buy them. I have some rechargeable batteries, but of course, they're never charged up when I need them and some things, like my camera, are picky about the type of battery used. So, yes, I scavenge for batteries almost every time something needs them.
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@sender621 (14956)
• United States
11 Nov 09
At my house, we are always scavening for batteries. Ebery remote and electronic device seems to need a different kind of battery. You never have the battery you need when you need it.
@calai618 (1781)
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
This is definitely one of my pet peeves--- having to scramble for battery. what I do is keep a lot of rechargeable battery and charger at a specific place where everyone knows where to get them. I also try to buy stuff which require battery of the same size (usually double A). In addition to this, I have recently bought a few hand-crank torches, radios and mobile chargers. These are battery-less and only require dynamo action to make them work. These are very important so to avoid having to look for battery and very much useful during emergency situations. They can last practically forever so they are great inventions.
@sucahyo (103)
• Indonesia
11 Nov 09
I scavenge for battery a couple of times, usually when it is for something that we forgot it need a battery to live, something like clock or remote. At "critical" moment when we need to wake up early or we need to watch TV or we need to turn on the air conditioner, we scavenge for battery. If you have a kid, the kid huge resource of toy should help :). My kid has so many batteries that keep loitering everywhere. This make me learn to buying rechargable is a must for our kid. It allow them to play longer without having to stock a lot of battery. Unfortunately rechargable is not suitable for clock or remote, so we can only use them temporarily before we buy the zinc carbon one.
@Hatley (164469)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Nov 09
hi trruk1 nope as I only have two things that need batteries, well four really, my watch and three one touch glucometers for testing my blood sugar. now these are very important to a diabetic as you can control your blood sugar better if you check it several times a day.so these things run on batteries. well my onetouch ultra 2 takes two batteries, tiny little round batteries,so you might think oh inexpensive then,wrong, oh so wrong.two of them cost me almost fourteen dollars and I bought two sets as I have two other onetouch ultras that take just one battery each.so I spent almost thirty dollars for all of those.but the ones in my ultra2 have lasted three years so not too bad an investment at that. I should have tried walmart as I might have got a betterprice.I had just gone to Rite aide instead.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
10 Nov 09
all the time and because there are four of us in the family and each have a camera and portable music that all need batteries we always have a bunch lying around. i always have to ask, are these batteries good? lol!
10 Nov 09
I think the little things have minds of their own and go off and hide! When I need a particular battery I know we have new ones somewhere, but can they be found? Of course not! It's a cannibal situation and it seems remotes are always being rotated. It's one of life's frustrations. Battery scavenging!