Extinct Battery Sizes

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Matt Barton
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I was just thinking this morning that I don't remember the last time I bought a pack of C batteries, even though I remember always needed them for just about every gadget back in the 80s. I think I might still have a flashlight around somewhere that uses D, though I tend to go now for the ones with the much big square batteries. Seems like every other device either runs on AA, AAA, or some type of built-in rechargeable thing. Of course it's been a long time since I bought any electronic toys for kids, but I suspect they've also gotten away from C and are probably all rechargeable now.

What about you? Do you have any devices around that run on C batteries that you still use regularly?

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This thread reminded me of

This thread reminded me of this online archive of late 19-th & early 20th century mail order catalogues - I have spent hours browsing these.

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/mailorder/029006-101.01-e.php

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I looked it up, seems that A

I looked it up, seems that A and B batteries did exist for old radios, but there are (were?) A and B cells that are completely different...

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I think A and B batteries

I think A and B batteries were used in radios back when they had tubes/valves

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I found a Wikipedia page

I found a Wikipedia page called List of Battery Sizes. All the usual suspects are there, but also some ones I've never heard of.

Apparently the B battery is a European lantern battery of 4.5 volts. There's also another weird lantern battery called the F; they seem to be used within bigger lantern cells.

That's a pretty damn thorough Wikipedia page! Good example of where Wikipedia just smashes any of the old printed encyclopedias.

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Mark Vergeer
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no differences
Matt Barton wrote:
Mark Vergeer wrote:

9 Volt batteries in Smoke Detectors over here (the Netherlands - Europe) too so I guess those are pretty much universal.

Does Europe tend to have different battery sizes than the U.S.? Over here we have AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt. I've always wondered about the names--is there an A battery, or a B?

AA AAA C D and 9 volt all the way.

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toys is a big spot. My folks

toys is a big spot. My folks own a implement store and they seell c and D all the time. I asked about it even as I thouhgt much like you Matt... waht the heck still uses these. But my dad said he still sells lots of D's (flashlights im guessing) and still alot of C's too.

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European Batteries
Mark Vergeer wrote:

9 Volt batteries in Smoke Detectors over here (the Netherlands - Europe) too so I guess those are pretty much universal.

Does Europe tend to have different battery sizes than the U.S.? Over here we have AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt. I've always wondered about the names--is there an A battery, or a B?

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9 volts here too

9 Volt batteries in Smoke Detectors over here (the Netherlands - Europe) too so I guess those are pretty much universal.

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Same here. Smoke detectors

Same here. Smoke detectors seem to be universal in requiring a 9-volt. I don't know anything else that uses those nowadays.

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That's pretty much true. Only

That's pretty much true. Only the girls' biggest toys have really used the larger C or D batteries. Everything is pretty much AA's with some AAA's. 9-volt (the square batteries) I pretty much keep around for the secondary power for the smoke detectors...

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