Saying Goodbye to Leaky Batteries and Resulting Freak Outs

This post is part of a program on behalf of Energizer and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. I was approached to participate days after my latest leaky battery freak out. It’s like they heard my screams. 

I tend to overreact, but recently when my kids opened the back of a Wii remote that wasn’t working, I may have acted like we’d been exposed to radioactive waste. Leaky batteries freak me out because they’re gross, and I thought, full of all kinds of harmful stuff which would surely kill me if touched. It turns out, leaky batteries aren’t harmful if touched, but they are still gross and I want no part of them. Honestly, I closed up the Wii remote and told my kids to play with something else. The remote was dead, as far as I was concerned. I’ve only touched it since to take this photo:


Ack! So very gross. It looks innocent and like it will wipe off, but I had to bust the batteries out of the remote and there is crud glued inside the battery compartment needing to be cleaned. No one has time for that.

Not only was I wrong about leaky batteries being radioactive or nearly so, I recently learned that storing batteries in your refrigerator does nothing except keep them cold. Seriously, I’m embarrassed to think of why we kept our batteries in the refrigerator. For freshness? I don’t know why we started or when we stopped, but we did it for a long time, and it turns out, it does nothing to protect from battery leakage. Age isn’t why batteries leak, it can happen any time, but the key fact is that not all batteries are created equal.

We all know that those cheapie batteries that come in the remote when you buy a new TV don’t last long at all, which means of course not all batteries are equal, but sometimes I need a reminder of that. When I spend more for a name brand battery, I don’t expect it to leak, but because it has a recognizable name doesn’t make it safe. I had to look a little deeper to find Energizer MAX with Power Seal Technology. This battery does what I expect by keeping all of our toys and gadgets running without ever surprising us with a radioactive-looking disaster. It’s one thing to replace used batteries, but having to clean them out to get a toy up and running again is a major bummer that I don’t want to deal with, especially because when a kid wants their toy to work, they want it working now (!), not sometime later.

Now that I know I won’t die or develop a crazy superpower from touching the leaked batteries, it’s time to clean up the Wii remote and get it working again with Energizer MAX batteries. Also, I’m restocking our emergency kit in the garage with Energizer MAX batteries because they can hold power for up to 10 years in storage. The last thing I want is to deal with is leaky batteries during a blackout or emergency, and according to Energizer, 70% of consumers have had leaky batteries occur in flashlights, lanterns and lights. I’ve been there, too. 

This is a close approximation of how I respond to leaky batteries in our toys:

No more!

Giveaway time!

photo 2 (1)Want to win your own Energizer Bunny with a collection of Energizer batteries? Yes, you do because what family is not always in need of batteries? Leave a comment here or on Facebook by 11:59 p.m. July 6 letting us know if you’ve ever stored batteries in your refrigerator and we’ll randomly pick one winner July 7.

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