Sunday, July 22, 2007
Don't let me down Energizer!
I have been "pumping" for 5 years and 363 days (yes....my 6 year anniversary is quickly approaching!!!).
I first started with a Minimed 507C, blue.
I upgraded several times having quality pump time with the 508, 511, 512 and now 522. The first two pumps required the small watch batteries. They were tricky to find, I ended up buying them bulk over the internet.
I was very happy when I graduated to a pump that required AAA batteries.....!!
The entire time I have stayed faithful and true to the Energizer battery. Minimed told me my warranty would only be valid if I used Energizer batteries. I am sure this was a marketing ploy between Medtronic and Energizer, but either way I never strayed. 6 years is a long time to commit to one brand of batteries!
Two nights ago my pump told me it needed a fresh battery. I pulled out a brand new 4 pack of AAA-energizer batteries I picked up earlier at the Lawtons in town. Put the new battery in, and the low battery alarm did not clear! Strange....I have never had this happen!
I waited 10 minutes, and still the pump showed low battery.
SO, the first fresh battery out of that pack was chucked in the garbage.
Pulled out the second, same thing.
I did feel anxious, what if all 4 were dead. I am sure I could search out other batteries in my house, but they certainly were not energizer! Uh oh.
Quickly I took out battery #3 from the new pack, popped it in the pump and AHHHH, fully charged again.
Even after this incident I will still buy energizer batteries. Must have been bad batch or something. They were well within their expiration phase.....Minimed warned me against buying the 12 pack of AAA batteries stating by the time I got to the end of the 12 pack the batteries may have lost their charge!?!?!?! That seemed strange, but that was also one person who said that 3 or 4 years ago....but it was also 1 person 6 years ago who told me to only use energizer.....hmmm.....