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Old 19th Feb 2019, 2:51 pm   #101
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re #90. I had one of those, really solid and well-made. Unfortunately I lost it and wasn't able to find another one.

I remember the 3V batteries that contained two AA-sized pen cells. In the mid-1950's I had got a Christmas present that needed two pen cells side-by side, and the lady in Boots had no singles in stock but showed us how to break the 3V one in half. They were I think designed for the torches that looked like fat pens. I did have one at one time, long since gone. They also did 3V and 4.5V batteries consisting of two or three U2 ("D") -sized cells in a cardboard tube. Never seen one in the flesh, but they were shown in a pre-war battery catalogue that someone had at work.
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 6:32 pm   #102
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As far as I recall, The British company was set up by the American parent company and became independent a few years later with manufacturing facilities in England and Ireland.

I remember in the 70s and 80s "Ever Ready" batteries with the BEREC (British Ever Ready Company) logo were ubiquitous. Certainly almost all my toys and portable audio devices and games were powered by Ever Ready blue batteries and later Silver Seal. I never recall a Silver Seal battery leaking, and occasionally I come across them in stuff I buy used sometimes 20 years beyond their expiry date and still working!

Many years later, possibly as late as the 90s, the US company bought the UK arm back and eventually closed the British factories. I believe both US and UK "Eveready/Ever Ready" companies are now owned by Energizer?

One can still buy Eveready branded batteries in the UK, presumably manufactured by or for Energizer? They seem to be positioned low in the market. At times I have ordered them at work, mostly PP9 for multimeters.

Ah but I remember every kid had a bike with an Eveready light on the front, and blue Eveready batteries inside. It was years before I knew AA, C and D as cell cizes....I used the Eveready designations as did my friends. Eveready torches were everywhere, and most shops sold just two brands of battery/cell....Eveready and Duracell.
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Old 8th Mar 2019, 7:28 pm   #103
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I have two Ever Ready products; A plug, used on my Colour TV set, and a rechargable battery pack used in my portable 3-in-1 TV, which i guess is from the late 70s - 80s, which still works, but not often used.
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