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Old 07-17-2015, 09:32 AM   #1
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Purchased a "new" battery that was already a year and a half old!

I needed a new battery so I head to Walmart with my core and buy a new one. I get home and start to install it and it has a sticker indicating the month and year. It was 3/14. So I take it back, get a refund and go back and look through there batteries. Behind a number of 3/14 batteries were a couple dated 7/15. So, I bought one of them.

Now I'm wondering, it wasn't long ago when you bought a battery they just punched out the current date. So you really had no idea how old the battery is that you purchased. I'm guessing many stores are still punching out the current date. So buying a battery is similar to buying a tire that has been sitting in the rack for several years. This explains why some of my batteries last a year and a half and some go as long as seven. There was a time when the batteries were filled with acid at the time of purchase, then the age of the battery didn't matter. Today when you go into a store for a battery they are already filled and ready to go. But how old, who knows?

Has anyone else noticed this?

By the way I'm not knocking Walmart, at least they have a sticker indicating the date.
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:36 AM   #2
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Once the battery is filled; it is "in service" as you noted. The store must punch out the date that it was filled so you know what you are buying.

Caveat Emptor

Caveat emptor is a Latin term that means "let the buyer beware." Similar to the phrase "sold as is," this term means that the buyer assumes the risk that a product may fail to meet expectations or have defects.
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:50 AM   #3
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Caveat Emptor

Caveat emptor is a Latin term that means "let the buyer beware." Similar to the phrase "sold as is," this term means that the buyer assumes the risk that a product may fail to meet expectations or have defects.

No need for me to look that up now.



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Old 07-17-2015, 09:57 AM   #4
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LOL thanks ( CAVEAT EMPTOR ) at all times is the case today. People buy stuff use it and return it and if you are looking close you just bought the used item.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:26 AM   #5
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I was always under the impression that regardless of how long the battery has been sitting on the shelf, the warranty starts on the day you purchase the battery and any replacement would be discounted accordingly. I thought this was why they punched out the purchase date when you bought it.

Obviously, it pays to check the manufacture date prior to purchasing so you're not left 50 miles in the woods with no battery.
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Old 07-17-2015, 01:07 PM   #6
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Batteries will stay dormant for years .they only start their life at first use.
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True for the standard lead acid vented type, but what about the newer sealed batteries,(ie filled at manufacture I guess?) and AGM and/or gel types, which are also manufactured as sealed units?
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Batteries will stay dormant for years .they only start their life at first use.
What source are you using for this?

Does it apply for all battery types?

Inquiring minds and all...
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I was always under the impression that regardless of how long the battery has been sitting on the shelf, the warranty starts on the day you purchase the battery and any replacement would be discounted accordingly. I thought this was why they punched out the purchase date when you bought it.

Obviously, it pays to check the manufacture date prior to purchasing so you're not left 50 miles in the woods with no battery.
Warranty and service life are not the same. You can buy a 2 year old "new" car with zero miles off the lot and it still has a one year warranty.

BUT, it is still a 2 year old car. The rubber hoses are at least two years old, the tires are at least 2 years old, etc. Those maintenance items will need to be changed based on their manufacture date and not the "bought by" date.
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Old 07-18-2015, 06:30 AM   #10
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Very Good Point Herk, My (BEER) has a (Born On Date) as Well! Youroo!!
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