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button batteries

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Corvuscorax20, Aug 15, 2020.

  1. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Senior commenter

    Has anyone in the entire history of the human race ever managed to successfully change one? Or do you just end up throwing the appliance away when the battery has run out? Every time.
    Ivartheboneless likes this.
  2. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I change mine without too many difficulties.
  3. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Me too.
  4. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Senior commenter

    How!!? I can never find another one the right size and power. I have just emptied my battery drawer. I have over 20 different sizes. Only one is the size I want, but it is the wrong power.
  5. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Add to your range by buying more than you need immediately.
    Bungie and nomad like this.
  6. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    The main problem is how they're labelled - there are different numbering systems. You can find guides online to show you what all the different serial numbers are for a given battery size/voltage.

    If your car has a plipper key I'd strongly advise finding out what sized button cell it takes and buying spares in advance.

    The cheapo ones you can get in bargain shops will often leak or give up before you've even used them.
  7. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    When it comes to changing button batteries I have the manual dexterity of a whippet.
    bombaysapphire likes this.
  8. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Pop in to Timpsons; they will replace your battery with minimum drawer rage.
    bombaysapphire and Corvuscorax20 like this.
  9. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Senior commenter

    I will try that
  10. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Replaced the batteries in 5 watches this week (2 for FiL and 3 for MiL) No problem. Just need a penknife. Always keep a card of button batteries handy.
    Jamvic likes this.
  11. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Senior commenter

    I've got countless cards, but none of them fit, that is the problem
  12. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    Good suggestion. I would love to support Timpson's more since seeing their offer of free dry cleaning to anyone unemployed with a job interview coming up.
  13. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Senior commenter

    I hadn't heard of that, that's lovely
    sunshineneeded and Jamvic like this.
  14. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    My remote thing for the car gave up about two years ago, but the buttons were badly worn anyway, so I just use the key as a .... er ... key now.
  15. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    If that’s true they’ve just won my shoe repairs/dry cleaning/button changing business.
    bombaysapphire likes this.
  16. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    It is true, and for every kindness there is some scrote to exploit it: my ex-TA's son had his suit cleaned for a court appearance. He was unemployed but that's not the point!
  17. Corvuscorax20

    Corvuscorax20 Senior commenter

    This worked, thank you, and I have managed to buy a battery off amazon, which was labelled totally differently to my original battery, but does work.

    Thank you
    magic surf bus likes this.
  18. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I use a pair of tweezers.
  19. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I use a swiss army knife!
  20. Bungie

    Bungie Occasional commenter

    What is the secret to getting the backs off watches to change the batteries? If I try a penknife, it invariably slips and you can cut yourself easily. Various specialised tools are advertised online (e.g. Amazon) but which ones work?
    By the way, I bank with Barclays and it is a good idea to have spare batteries for their "pin sentry" device - it has a habit of running out of power just when you need to do some crucial banking business.
    Jolly_Roger15 likes this.

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