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How "clean" are cylindrical lithium cells?

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by Malcolm_Stewart, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    The type I'm asking about is the CR1/3N (2L76), and what started this query is finding new and still in sealed packaging SR44 cells showing powder around the seal.
    I'd previously found that two LR44 cells had died in a camera, leaving a little powder in the battery compartment; and so turned to the SR44s bought more recently, and from what I thought was a reliable supplier. I've never had trouble with (quite old) lithium cells in my Canon DSLRs, but they've always had a flat form factor, and they've been rechargeable.

    So, are CR1/3N
    cells safe to use in an expensive camera body?

    Many thanks
  2. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I'd say it depends entirely on the real manufacturer. I emphasise the "real" because there are substantial quantities of counterfeit batteries on the market (as opposed to obscure manufacturers). If it's a Duracell or similar brand you shouldn't have any problems.
  3. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Thanks Andrew - I've now placed an order for two batteries with the supplier which came up first in my search. Weirdest website for online purchasing that I've experienced in many years. I hope that I'll be able to give it a good report!
    (The camera in question is a near pristine Leica M6, and unlike my DSLRs, it's not decreasing in value at the moment...)
  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Hope it works out. I generally check batteries regularly. If anything is leaking from a battery remove it immediately of course.
  5. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

  6. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    My batteries arrived a few days ago, inside Duracell packaging, and with a 2025 "Best Before" date. Only time will tell...
  7. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    The best place to buy batteries is somewhere that has a high turnover, that way you should get the freshest cells available.
  8. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    I buy from an on-line battery specialist company. They only sell batteries so they have a vast range and know their business.

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