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Old 13th Apr 2021, 4:16 am   #1
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Hi all.
Picked these up today.
Anyone know the date range for these old batteries.
I remember seeing them in the 80's I think.
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I would say mid to late 1970s.
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Old 13th Apr 2021, 7:48 am   #3
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I would say definitely before 1980.

I can remember playing with HP2's when I was in primary school, which I left in 1973.
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Pretty sure these came out late 1960s as I remember seeing them in the corner shop when I was about ten.
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Pretty sure these came out late 1960s...
Yes, my guess would go that way too, I was ten in '69 and am fairly confident I was using these in torches before then. The second post of an old thread refers to a 1966-7 catalogue including HP2, HP7, HP11 and HP16 -

https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...ad.php?t=80951 -

and I think this (rather than the style shown in the first photo of that thread) may have been the original livery.

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Old 13th Apr 2021, 11:42 am   #6
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I think they were already available in 1967, certainly by 1968. When I was a student I bought a set of 6 for my Philips EL3585 tape recorder, but they were too powerful for its centrifugal speed regulator to cope with, the motor running too fast with fresh batteries, so I stuck with the ordinary U2 cells.
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Wow.
Didn't think they'd be that old.

I was born in 1970 so I didn't start buying batteries until I was about 10, I remember the style from then, but I wasn't sure.

Well I'm 100% going to keep them, they are in such good clean condition. I'll use them as props I think.

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I seem to remember the design changed in the late 70's to add silver borders around the blue parts as shown in the picture at

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/17381148541515093/
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The earliest date I can find for adverts of that logo style is 1964. In a 1961 advert they were still using the EverReady style with the large E and R.
I remember the silver linings coming in sometime in the 70's as I was an eager battery purchaser and I thought they were rather snazzy
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I seem to remember the design changed in the late 70's to add silver borders around the blue parts as shown in the picture at

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/17381148541515093/
Ah, OK cheers, damn, they're older than me possibly.
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The earliest date I can find for adverts of that logo style is 1964. In a 1961 advert they were still using the EverReady style with the large E and R.
I remember the silver linings coming in sometime in the 70's as I was an eager battery purchaser and I thought they were rather snazzy
Cheers for looking, much older than I tought then.
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 8:12 pm   #12
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I was certainly buying SP2`s Prior TO 1968, their was also a SP2, marketed as a leak proof U2, I recall.
I cannot recall when I last saw them for sale, but must be years ago.
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From memory, the white metal-cased U2 replacement (SP2) cells did not actually claim to be leakproof. The ones I bought in the late 1960's just said "sealed". They used to cost me 5/- for a set of 6 for my tape recorder, compared with 4/- for six U2 cells. I never ever had any of the old cardboard-cased blue U2 batteries leak and only used SP2s (which did sometimes leak) after ordinary U2s were discontinued. Both types only yielded about 2Ah at the 100mA rate.

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The EverReady "leakproof" series were numbered starting LPU.

Pictures of LPU11 attracted.

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The last time a saw one of the HP2's Brian pictures was about four years ago, took a bit of effort to remove as rather than leak in the conventional way little blisters had erupted all over the steel case. It bore a Woolworths 7p sticker suggesting that either they were sold loose or the label had been idly transferred from the packaging. I am the same age as Brian and remember these. I guess the date range would be of the order of ....'68 to '75.

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