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November 17, 2004

Battery-powered devices - my grading scale


It's amazing how dealing with replaceable batteries can be easy or aggravating, depending on a number of variables.

After many years of such dealings, I've created a grading scale - A through F - for such devices.

A - uses AA or AAA batteries; battery compartment cover stays attached; requires no tools to change batteries

B - like A, except: compartment cover not connected, so that you can drop or lose it

C - like B, except: requires a screwdriver to open the battery compartment

D - like C, except: requires a special tool - hex wrench or, even worse, one provided with the device - to open the battery compartment

F - uses batteries other than AA or AAA, i.e. flat/disc/watch batteries which are hard or impossible to find when you need them

I think this is an OK first cut.

I welcome any additions, emendations, comments, etc. from the finest group of people on this - or any other - planet: my readers.

'Course, those on other planets may not be what you and I would call people.


How about we just call 'em "folks?"

November 17, 2004 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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The only problem I have with battery covers is that they are so easy to play with on remotes. I sit there absently and flip them open, then closed, then open... so much so that there isn't a remote in my house that isn't held in place by tape because the closed clip is worn away! So for me, the harder to open the better! LOL

Posted by: Tamara | Nov 17, 2004 11:19:07 PM

I hate those deep compartments for tiers of batteries that require an attached ribbon or something in order for you to extract the batteries later. If the ribbon gets folded under the lowest tier of batteries, you need a screwdriver or knife to wedge the damn things out.

Posted by: Michael Brown | Nov 17, 2004 10:32:00 PM

I would rank battery covers that require a screwdriver but stay attached slightly higher than covers that don't stay attached. Barely.

Posted by: Phillip Winn | Nov 17, 2004 5:48:26 PM

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