EVEREADY Gold® Alkaline: Frequently Asked Questions

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EVEREADY Gold® alkaline batteries are the ideal power source for low to mid drain devices such as:

  • Motor Toys
  • Security Devices (Alarms, Smoke Detectors)
  • Compact Disc Players
  • Pagers
  • Electronic Organizers
  • Shavers
  • Portable Radios
  • Portable TV’s
  • Remote Control Models
  • Electronic Photoflash
Eveready Gold has a shelf life of up to seven years in the package. Of course, they perform better in your clock than in your closet.
Storing batteries in refrigerators or freezers is not required or recommended for batteries produced today. In fact, cold temperature storage can harm batteries. To maximize performance and shelf life, store batteries at normal room temperatures with moderate humidity levels.
There are several factors that impact battery run time. The most critical is the rate at which a device consumes power. A high-drain device like a digital camera will deplete a battery much faster than a low-drain device like a clock. Other factors affecting overall battery performance are environmental conditions, device usage patterns (continuous or intermittent) and battery size/chemistry.
It’s safe to drop them right in the household trash. In 1989, Eveready Battery Company became the first company to remove all added mercury from alkaline batteries.
No. In the United States and many other countries, alkaline batteries are classified as common household waste. Great strides have been made to make alkaline batteries better for the environment and they’ve been manufactured free of added mercury since the mid 1990s. Classification details may vary and should be confirmed in each specific geographical location.
Mixing battery types in a device is not recommended and can significantly increase the potential for leakage and reduced performance. The biggest problem is an imbalance in available energy between the installed batteries. So always practice smart battery care and replace used batteries with new, fresh batteries of the same brand—preferably Eveready.
Batteries can be short-circuited by metal items such as coins, keys, paper clips, etc. A battery that experiences a short circuit can become very hot, increasing the potential for leakage and personal injury. For additional Do’s and Don’ts surrounding proper storage, care and handling of batteries, visit our Battery Care page.
Typically, alkaline batteries will not leak under normal storage and usage conditions. However, the potential for leakage is significantly increased if batteries are subjected to charging, mixing of battery chemistries, mixing of fresh and used batteries, physical damage, extended exposure to high temperature or deep discharging. Alkaline battery leakage is extremely caustic and contact with bare skin should be avoided. In the event that battery leakage comes in contact with your skin, flush the area for 15 minutes with copious amounts of water.
Standard alkaline batteries are not designed to be recharged and should never be placed in any battery charger. Attempting to charge alkaline batteries will significantly increase the likelihood for leakage to occur. Rechargeable alkaline batteries made by other manufacturers may also leak if placed in a NiMH or NiCd charger and should only be recharged in a charger designed for that system.
Energizer scientist Lew Urry hand-built the first commercially viable alkaline battery in 1959. Today, you can check out his prototype cell at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
Eveready will repair or replace, at our option, any device damaged by EVEREADY Gold® alkaline batteries. Guarantee void if batteries are charged by user or device. Contact 1-888-706-4100.
Just call 1-800-383-7323. Our customer service experts can answer all your Eveready questions. Or Contact Us electronically and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.