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Subject: Re: International flashlight batteries?
Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2003 23:40:11 -0330
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2003 22:10:11 EST
Organization: Bell Sympatico
Richard Henry wrote:
> "Rich Grise" wrote in message
> > Just basically curious - are "D", "C", "AA", "AAA", and "N" cells
> > the same size all around the world? For example, if I took my
> > flashlight to, say, India, would I be able to get batteries that
> > fit?
> > I'm in the US, and have visited Japan and Korea and Thailand,
> > but at the time wasn't really looking for flashlight batteries -
> > I've just had this thought occur to me, and thought that an
> > international group might satisfy my curiosity. Like, "I'm
> > Sven, from Sweden, and we use [insert battery spec]." and
> > so on. South Africa? Russia? Any volunteers?
> Japanese battery companies I have dealt with use A, C, and D, plus some
> other special ones like Sub-C and Super-Sub-C.
Many years ago in the UK what is now known in North America (and
elsewhere) as a 'D' cell was called a U2, IIRC?
Also there were (or are?) some battery types that I've never seen
in North America; for example the British 'Bicycle lamp' battery.
Basically two cells, same diameter, but somewhat longer than D
cells, packaged together and equipped with metallic contacts to
suit the insides of most standard front lamps for bicycles. It
being mandatory back then for bicycles to display front and rear
lights at night; very sensible btw. Also was a very useful 3 volt
battery for teen age 'experimntal' purposes. Terry.