RayOVac IC-3 Vs Eveready 30-Minute

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Larry R Harrison Jr, May 23, 2005.

  1. I have noticed many stores dumping the RayoVac IC-3 batteries in favor of
    the 30-minute Eveready models. I have to ask---why!!! Why in the WORLD would
    these stores be doing this?
    I realize that the IC3 deal is now about 1 1/2 years old, but unless I'm
    asleep or something nothing has come along that matches it. The Eveready
    30-minute is the closest--and last time I checked, 30 minutes is twice as
    long as 15 minutes, even if it is still world better than overnight charging
    (or 2-3 hr).

    The only reason I can figure that stores are doing this is because Eveready
    is a bigger name than RayOVac--or maybe because the IC3 are 2000 niMH and
    others are now at 2500 niMh if I'm correct. Otherwise, this sure looks
    ascinine to me.

    (Then again it benefits me; I have seen 4 packs of AA's being dumped for $9
    at Walgreens. I've been snapping them up, benefiting from the apparent
    stupidity of their decision to clear them out.)

    Larry R Harrison Jr, May 23, 2005
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  2. Larry R Harrison Jr

    ASAAR Guest

    It's not because Eveready (Energizer) is a bigger name. It's
    because RayOVac's price is much higher, nearly double where I've
    seen the RayOVacs sold.

    From Walgreen's POV, selling dozens or more for $9 each is better
    than selling one or two for $18. Had RayOVac's batteries been
    priced competitively from the beginning, Walgreen wouldn't be
    dumping them. As you say, it benefits you NOW. But if you need
    more batteries in a couple of years and can no longer get the 15
    minute RayOVac AAs, the RayOVac 15-minute charger will take
    overnight or longer to charge whatever batteries are then being
    sold. For the same batteries, the Energizer 30-minute charger might
    take a little longer, maybe 40 minutes. RayOVac created a dead-end
    for their technology because they thought only of maximizing quick
    profits and didn't waste time on a long term strategy that didn't
    treat their customers as if they were sheeple waiting to be fleeced.
    ASAAR, May 23, 2005
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  3. Eveready now has a 15 minute charger that doesn't require special cells.
    Take a look at energizer.com. So the Rayovac charger that requires
    special (read expensive) cells is now obsolete, even if you really need
    15 minute charge times.

    Dave Martindale, May 23, 2005
  4. Hmm, I never see those in the stores. I only see the 30-minute one. As for
    "expensive," I don't think $9 for a package of 4 AA's is expensive, that's
    about what the "normal" ones cost.

    Larry R Harrison Jr, May 24, 2005
  5. Larry R Harrison Jr

    Mike S. Guest

    Best Buy has the Eveready 15-minute charger.
    Obsolete or not, the Rayovac system, which essentially has each individual
    cell monitor its own charge state, is felt to be technologically superior.
    Mike S., May 24, 2005
  6. I haven't see it yet either. But retailers know what's coming before it
    arrives, and if they think a new product will kill the market for an
    existing one, they may well drop prices to clear out remaining stock of
    the older product while they still can. That's what I suspect is
    happening with sales of the Rayovac kits.

    Dave Martindale, May 24, 2005
  7. It does seem to be. My experiences with them are great. So I'm like--why
    dump them? It's kind of like how Pentax & Konica/Minolta make great cameras
    just like Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Kodak do--but good freakling luck
    finding them in most stores.

    Larry R Harrison Jr, May 24, 2005
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