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Anyone else having trouble with batteries this year. I only use Energizer Lithiums. Normally get thousands of pics and many months of use out of a set of 8. This year I've gotten as little as 53 pics from a brand new set. Bought 8 new yesterday, looked on back of package and it said 2018. No wonder, they're 3 years old. All stores around are the same, Wmart, Fleet. Did the factories shutdown due to covid. Doesn't make sense.
My bud and I order large batches. The date on the new ones coming in are 2040. I've seen newer ones at 2041.
The Energizer lithiums are fluky. Buddy bought a brand new set for his Fusion cam. Lasted a day and quit transmitting, went to the cam and wouldn't power on. Put some off brand alkalines in it, and that was 4 months ago. Ive used them in Cell Links, and they never show anything less than 100%. I quit getting pics and never know if it's the cam or CL. One set I brought home, and every one showed 1.58v, but they wouldn't even power a flashlight. I think the amperage drops in them. I must have a few dozen Energizer Lithiums that I think are still good. I'll just use them in something else, or burn them up in cams this winter.
^......What's the date on the batteries? Just because they are new in the pack doesn't mean they are fresh.
In Curt's case above.....IMO those batteries he has with a 2018 date were likely manufactured and packaged in the early 2000's or late 1990's.
These are the batteries I have coming. Their expiration or use by date is 12/2040. I think Curt's batteries are old ones.
The batteries say 2040, package says 2018. Bought at w-mart. Every store around is same. Must have been manufactured in 2018. I don't know what's going on. Always had great luck. This year not so much.
I buy big packs of batteries at Sam's Club and they last for thousands of pictures. Some of my Browning cameras take 8 batteries but the last one I bought only uses 6 batteries and it lasts as long as the other cameras and takes great pictures and videos. I love my Browning cameras.
Yeah, just picked up a Browning cam to replace a Spypoint Solardark that died in just under a year. I use it with a Cell Link, deployed it yesterday and I like it a lot. I like having the multiple resolution options for the CL, since you need lower res to have the interval setting low. Great features too, when I don't have it connected to a CL as well.
Just looked at my infantry of Wal Mart super soldiers, 2040 on batteries, and 2018 on package. Says 20 year shelf life - I should keep them on the shelf and not deploy them into battle.
Lithiums for cold, alkalines for warm weather. Buy them in bulk and change as needed. Of course it helps if your camera ain't two states away.