Buying Bulk Batteries: 3 Reasons To Approach Online Auctions With Caution

Batteries are always in high demand, especially among businesses, tech geeks and the parents of small children. Online auctions and discount venues often offer massive savings on bulk batteries. These batteries may be available in boxes of 20, 50, 100 or even more batteries at a time, including all common sizes of both disposable and rechargeable batteries. These packages cost as little as half the price you’d expect to pay in a battery store or known brick-and-mortar retailer. Seem like a no-brainer? While you can save some money, always be careful when buying batteries from obscure sources.

You don’t know how old they are

Any seller can label their batteries “new” or “fresh” in their auction listings, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are. Batteries can lose anywhere from 2% to 30% of their charge every month that they sit on a shelf. Older batteries may be removed from store shelves and offered in bulk at a discounted rate to reflect their diminished usefulness. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to keep an unscrupulous buyer from scooping up the cut-rate batteries, then offering them for sale at a higher price without disclosing their age. Before you buy, always know the manufacture date and the estimated self-discharge rate for that type of battery.

They may not be the brand you think

Knockoff batteries are quickly becoming a problem throughout the world, with millions of them finding their way into North America. When buying batteries in bulk through online auctions or other such formats, there’s no guarantee that you’re getting exactly what you think. Though illegal, it’s relatively simple to create replicas of big-brand batteries, but with inferior materials. A battery store that’s authorized to carry big brands has a known legitimate supply, and are virtually guaranteed to carry the real thing.

Quality control varies in off-brand batteries

Unknown or generic brands of batteries are usually easy to find in bulk, and often at extremely low prices compared to the big names. Do some research on these before you buy. Some off-brand batteries are actually very high quality, but without the pricing power of products that have brand recognition going for them. Others may come from multiple manufacturers, or may have lax quality standards that can lead to irregularities in the quality and performance of their batteries.

The need for large quantities of batteries at a great price doesn’t have to drive you to these online auctions with completely unknown sellers. An established store has a known reputation, and may have customer reviews available for the more obscure brands they carry. Many well-established battery stores offer discounted rates for high-volume sales, or for sale to customers who need batteries for business use. If you really want a great deal, check with your trusted providers, such as Shelton Battery, Inc., first.

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Fire Prevention Tips That Will Protect Your Family During The Holidays

With increased fire hazards and use of electrical appliances, the holiday season can be a dangerous time for those who don’t follow basic fire safety rules.

Keep your holidays jolly and bright with these fire prevention tips!

Tip #1 – Keep Your Christmas Tree Watered

Twenty – for Americans who buy Christmas trees for their homes, that is the percentage of them who will purchase a real tree.

While you may try your hardest to protect your tree – and your home – from fire, there are some things that just can’t be planned for. By keeping your tree watered daily, you are significantly lowering the risk of it catching fire, and if the tree were to catch fire it would be much easier to handle.

Tip #2 – Avoid Gas-Fueled Turkey Fryers

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, Thanksgiving takes the lead on number of cooking fires – in fact, there are three times more fires on Thanksgiving than any other day! Gas-fueled fryers are a popular cooking tool on Thanksgiving Day, but with the large amount of hot oil they require, as well as their instability and unpredictability, you could be left with property damage, or worse.

If your family must have a deep fried turkey, consider purchasing from a local grocery store or butcher. Until a better method of deep frying a turkey at home is invented, it is best to leave it to the professionals who have the equipment and training.

Tip #3 – Don’t Overload Power Strips and Inspect Electrical Products

The holiday season brings with it a higher chance of an electrical fire. Decorations, lights, and overloaded power strips can all pose a serious risk to your safety. If you’re big on decorating for the holidays, keep in mind the electrical distribution of your lights and decorations and use basic electrical safety guidelines.

For those who reuse lights and decorations each year, it is important to inspect each and every electrical product you will be using. If you keep your decorations in a crawl space or basement, it is important to check for signs of wear, as well as damage from water or animals. Properly dispose of any products that have exposed wiring or other signs of damage.

Holidays are a time for family and friends to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Don’t let a fire ruin your holidays – follow the three tips listed above to keep your family safe and your holiday celebrations a time of joy. Talk to your local fire protection company, such as Ace Fire Protection, for more information.

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