9/28/2009 9:32 AM
A picture is worth 1 kWords.
This one is from retired KFI/KOST Chief Engineer Marv Collins, who says that while working on a piece of battery operated equipment he couldn't figure out why the gear wasn't working. "Then I noticed that the 9 Volt battery polarity was labeled in reverse.
“It took me a few seconds to believe what I was seeing,” he continued, sending along an image of the Duracells in question. “I wonder how many of these batteries were manufactured and sold before the mistake was discovered.”
Marv adds: "I should mention that had I been using a normal 9 Volt battery connector, there would have been no problem. But I was using clip leads and I connected according to the PLUS marked on the side of the battery. The battery case was put on the battery in reverse, which fooled me."
2 comment(s) so far...
By Robert Klacza on
10/3/2009 12:13 AM
A 9V No-No
What date code/best if installed by date is this one? This HAS to get back to Duracell Company !!
This greatly shakes my confidence in Duracell !!
By Ira Wilner on
10/12/2009 8:03 AM
A 9V No-No
Well, at least the polarized battery terminals were correct, meaning the cells were constructed correctly. So no harm done for 99.99% of the users who might of gotten the reverse jacketed batteries.
Even if Duracell tests every battery I can see how this could slip by. The tester would have found correct polarity and voltage at the matching terminals.