Top 10 Things That Won’t Run With a Dead Battery
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
April 24, 2011
Filed Under Tech and Electronics
Contributed by Korina Rossi, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Nothing can ruin your day like a dead battery.
Batteries come in all shapes and sizes and lurk unexpectedly in thousands of devices. Don’t be caught powerless—stock up on spares before any important outing.
And be wary of the top 10 things that won’t run with a dead battery:
It’s happened to all of us…you point your remote at the TV or DVR, press the button, and nothing happens. You shake it, hit it, but still nothing. Yup, it’s the batteries. So now instead of changing to that big game or your fave show, you run around the house looking for the right size batteries.
Here’s an idea…keep a packet or two of the right size for your TV remotes in your family room, living room, media room and anywhere else you have a TV. That way, a dead battery takes only seconds to replace, and you’re back to watching what you want.
9. Keychain fob
Visit any store parking lot, and you’re sure to encounter a driver who didn’t realize the keychain fob to turn off his car’s siren is battery-run. Toss a few of these batteries in your glove compartment, and you’ll never turn heads for the wrong reason.
8. Electrical guns
AirSoft guns that shoot plastic BB’s have soared in popularity recently. But it’s hard to win the target shoot when your gun runs out of steam…or batteries!
7. Cell phones
With cell phones it’s less about replacing batteries, and more about remembering to charge them. Because the sad fact is our phones now do so much, but the battery life hasn’t kept up. That’s why you’ll see dozens of phones plugged into every outlet at conferences, meetings and even your local coffee shop.
Do yourself a favor and keep a phone charger in your car, in your office, in your purse or backpack and one in every room where you use your phone at home. That way you won’t have to face the dreaded red line in the battery bar!
6. Diving gear
Hookah diving gear is growing in popularity with divers who want to submerge without a carrying a cumbersome scuba tank. Battery-powered systems like Brownies Third Lung float on the surface of the water, sending air down to the diver through a hose.
5. Home security system
Most home security systems run on the home’s electricity, switching to battery power in the case of outages. Forgetting to keep the battery in working order is a sure way to experience how loud your siren really is.
You have all your favorite tunes on your iPod. And you’re heading out for a day at the beach, on the boat, or maybe just for a run. But all that great music won’t do you a bit of good if the battery’s dead! Get in the habit of docking your device whenever you’re not using it…or invest in an iPod docking player that charges while you listen at home… and you’ll never find yourself tuneless!
3. Underwater scooter
Underwater scooters, a specialty item for many years, are now available to rent on many destination beaches for divers and snorkelers. But without power, these novelty transports are just dead in the water.
Does anyone really know what time it is? Not if their watch battery is dead! Oh, sure, you can cheat and look at your cell phone. But how silly will you look with a watch that’s pointing to noon when the sun is about to go down! Unless you’re sporting a truly old-fashioned timepiece, you gotta have a battery to keep up with the times!
Notebook batteries are notorious for dying short deaths—many laptop batteries cannot hold a charge after two or three years of use. Fortunately, spare batteries are sold conveniently and are easy to replace.