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Battery can opener...........as seen on TV

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J Hancock24/09/2020 14:05:55
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Not this one !

Arthritis overtaken my ability to use a manual can opener so this 'one touch' the obvious solution.

Brand new, out of box, new batteries inserted, press button.............nothing.

Close look reveals +ve teat on both batteries 0.030" short of connection.

Of course, no problem to cure for 'us' but I wonder how many have been returned.

Ian Parkin24/09/2020 15:49:58
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So was it a battery problem or the can opener?

batteries now seem to have a shorter +ve teat than they used to

Gray24/09/2020 16:25:05
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I have found this problem to be more apparent with Duracell batteries. A number of my granddaughters toys will not work with Duracells but work fine with other makes. Duracell batteries have a much shorter +ve terminal than other major brands

J Hancock24/09/2020 16:27:35
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The battery teat is guided into a slot which has the +ve plate ready for the battery end to make contact with it.

No AA battery I have has a long enough teat to reach the fixed plate.

The -ve contact is the spring pushing the battery into place hard up against the slot.

It was easy enough for me to build the two +ve fixed plates up with 0.040" of solder but 'we' are not the

'average' consumer.

Device works really well.

larry phelan 124/09/2020 16:30:32
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Been there, done that !!

There is a lot to be said for cans with ring pulls. Yes I know they cost a bit more [dont see why this should be, but it is ] I got a pain-in-my-arse trying to open cans of anything long ago [I wish I could join things together like they do ] so now I tend to buy just ring pull tins.

This may be part of what they call "Progress"cheeky

J Hancock24/09/2020 16:57:52
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You've just touched another 'rant' I have.

Only last week I dropped a can of Carling lager as I was taking it out of the 'fridge'.

A millisecond later it was passing my ear on the way to the ceiling , propelled by a jet of Carling coming out of the ring pull area.

As confirmed by the 'air accident ' investigation afterwards.

My do they have that ring pull area controlled to fine ' just ok' limits.

Mike Poole24/09/2020 16:59:29
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It always seems to be touch and go whether the ring pull opens the can or my finger nail lifts from my finger, we have a gadget for ring pulls but I never remember to use it.sad

Mike

Dave Halford24/09/2020 17:05:30
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How come you don't end up with just the ring pull dangling from your finger?

Neil Wyatt24/09/2020 21:48:04
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Posted by J Hancock on 24/09/2020 16:57:52:

You've just touched another 'rant' I have.

Only last week I dropped a can of Carling lager as I was taking it out of the 'fridge'.

A millisecond later it was passing my ear on the way to the ceiling , propelled by a jet of Carling coming out of the ring pull area.

As confirmed by the 'air accident ' investigation afterwards.

My do they have that ring pull area controlled to fine ' just ok' limits.

Serves you right for drinking fizzy lager instead of nice warm, flat beer!

cheeky

.N.

Dave Smith 1424/09/2020 22:52:30
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And in cansthinking

Dave Smith 1424/09/2020 22:52:31
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And in cansthinking

J Hancock25/09/2020 08:34:30
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What I did find out, dried lager makes a good non-slip floor finish.

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