Batteries: Has anybody found good ones? in SASS Wire Saloon Posted September 12 · Edited September 12 by Dusty Devil Dale I used to (15+ years ago) buy Duracell batteries for my many flashlights and other battery appliances. I bought them from local hardware stores or drug stores and they always worked well, lasted well and had no obvious problems. A flashlight would last me all night, hiking or working. Then, about 10 or so years ago, I began to buy them at COSTCO in much cheaper bulk packages. It looked to be a good deal. But WAIT! "Made in China" should have signaled me to be cautious. But I put them into my many lights and appliances, just as I had always done. These included expensive tachometers, wood moisture meters, temperature instrumentation, Cameras, and other tools that are expensive to replace. The Duracells did not last very long, which actually ended up to be a blessing. Thankfully, I now have to open the battery compartments much sooner than usual to replace the cells. I very often find tell-tale white (acid) powder and blue galvanic corrosion that if left unnoticed for a time will slowly destroy the expensive appliances' battery harness. The Duracell external cases are now very fast-corroding, seemingly regardless of humidity or other environmental conditions. And I am lucky to get a half-hour of use before the flashlight starts dimming. So, I'm frustrated and looking. Short of converting everything to Lithium batteries, do any of you have any good reports to share about ordinary batteries? Is there a good quality dry cell battery brand out there any more? I'm looking for a source of all sizes of dry cell batteries that are of similar quality to what we used to buy.