Equipped To Survive Equipped To Survive® Presents
The Survival Forum
Where do you want to go on ETS?

Topic Options
#301148 - 07/26/22 06:30 PM Battery corrosion
Mark_R Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 05/29/10
Posts: 863
Loc: Southern California
I just lost another flashlight to battery leakage and corrosion. I've noticed it's more common in metal battery compartments than in plastic, but what about battery chemistry? Is there one type that's less susceptible (alkaline, lithium primaries, silver oxide, etc) than the others to in device leakage and corrosion?
_________________________
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane

Top
#301149 - 07/26/22 07:11 PM Re: Battery corrosion [Re: Mark_R]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief
Geezer

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7705
Loc: southern Cal
Don't use alkaline batteries. They will corrode, as you have found out. I use lithium primaries and rechargeables these days, No more leaking batteries and ruined gear.
_________________________
Geezer in Chief

Top
#301150 - 07/26/22 07:13 PM Re: Battery corrosion [Re: hikermor]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief
Geezer

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7705
Loc: southern Cal
Way cheaper, as well......
_________________________
Geezer in Chief

Top
#301151 - 07/26/22 07:20 PM Re: Battery corrosion [Re: Mark_R]
adam2 Offline
Addict

Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 470
Loc: Somerset UK
Or if you must use alkaline batteries, store these outside of the flashlight or other equipment.
Possibly keep ONE flashlight about your person or ready for instant use and fitted with batteries.
Keep reserve flashlights EMPTY but with plenty of batteries nearby.

Top
#301153 - 07/26/22 10:52 PM Re: Battery corrosion [Re: Mark_R]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 3110
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Alkalines are just evil destroyers of good gear. I no longer buy them.

I run low-self-discharge NiMHs in everything now. I can't recall having one leak.

I do use super heavy duty batteries sometimes, especially in older gear that prefers 1.5V rather than the 1.2V of NiMHs. Before LED lights, they were sort of a joke, but now they have a respectable run time. I find that it's rare to have one leak.

Top
#301154 - 07/27/22 03:25 AM Re: Battery corrosion [Re: Mark_R]
Phaedrus Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 3062
Loc: Big Sky Country
I use lithiums in lights as a rule and in things that will be stored, but I'm slowly warming up to rechargeables.
_________________________
“I'd rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” —Richard Feynman

Top



Moderator:  Alan_Romania, Blast, chaosmagnet, cliff 
October
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Who's Online
0 registered (), 88 Guests and 2 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
NicholasMarshall, Yadav, BenFoakes, scandigrinder7, Toboutdoors66
5365 Registered Users
Newest Posts
A CB Radio Test Gone Awry
by chaosmagnet
Today at 01:31 AM
We're Moving Back to Texas
by Jeanette_Isabelle
10/02/22 01:27 PM
Hurricane Ian Check In
by RayW
10/01/22 07:14 PM
bottom of the bag; urban edc
by Ren
10/01/22 11:51 AM
carrick bend loop
by Phaedrus
09/30/22 01:16 AM
Prepping with/for senior citizens
by UncleGoo
09/24/22 06:41 PM
What did you do today to prepare?
by Jeanette_Isabelle
09/24/22 01:14 AM
Back after a few years absence
by Kris
09/17/22 05:43 PM
Newest Images
Tiny knife / wrench
Handmade knives
2"x2" Glass Signal Mirror, Retroreflective Mesh
Trade School Tool Kit
My Pocket Kit
Glossary
Test

WARNING & DISCLAIMER: SELECT AND USE OUTDOORS AND SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND TECHNIQUES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Information posted on this forum is not reviewed for accuracy and may not be reliable, use at your own risk. Please review the full WARNING & DISCLAIMER about information on this site.