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Most Economical CR2 Battery Replacement?


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#1 GolfGrouch

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 11:00 AM

I just bought my first laser rangefinder that uses the CR2 battery size.  I play golf on average twice a week so I imagine that I'll have to replace the battery regularly.  I have some related questions on the most economical battery replacement regimen:
  • Rechargeable or non-rechargeable batteries?  While I would like to minimize any adverse environmental impact, I'm concerned about reliability of rechargeable batteries and chargers.
  • Is there a recommended battery manufacturer?
  • Does it make sense to buy batteries in bulk?  A long shelf life might justify it but I'm unsure of the actual long-term life of these batteries.
  • What is the best retailer / seller to purchase batteries?  I've read about customers receiving old batteries on Amazon and eBay so I'd probably like to avoid those two sources.
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Posted 28 April 2017 - 11:11 AM

View PostGolfGrouch, on 28 April 2017 - 11:00 AM, said:

I just bought my first laser rangefinder that uses the CR2 battery size.  I play golf on average twice a week so I imagine I'll have to replace the battery regularly.  What is the most economical battery replacement regimen?  Rechargeable or non-rechargeable batteries?  While I would like to minimize any adverse environmental impact, I'm concerned about rechargeable reliability.  Is there a recommended battery manufacturer?  What is the best retailer / seller to purchase batteries?  I've read about customers receiving old batteries on Amazon and eBay so I'd probably like to avoid those two sources.

Thanks in advance for any assistance! :good:

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 11:27 AM

I just buy them as I need them.   I play as much as you if not a little more (although our season up here is only about 6 months) and one battery typically lasts close to 2 seasons for me.

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 11:35 AM

I just go on eBay and get a 10 pack or whatever is cheapest and make sure the expiry date is 2024 or something like that.  I think it cost me 22 bucks for a decade or more worth of batteries.  I play about 140 times a year and use the rangefinder 25+ times a round so a battery generally does not last me a full year.
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Posted 28 April 2017 - 04:36 PM

A pair of CR2 batteries costs about $7.00. I get about a year out of each battery so costs are around $3.50 a year. No real need to worry or stock up at that rate. Target, CVS, Walmart and Ace Hardware have fast enough turn-around so you're always getting a fresh battery.


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Posted 28 April 2017 - 05:37 PM

I order about 20 of these CR2 batteries and split several with my friends. They last quite a while. A buck each.

http://www.batteryju.../w2en-lcr2.html

They do have Duracell CR2 if someone wants a name brand battery.

http://www.batteryju...racell-cr2.html

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 06:12 PM

I purchased a Golfing Buddies CR2 charger with 2 batteries.   I've charged the batteries once since last season so the charger has paid for itself.  

$30+ tax to purchase 2 of these batteries where I live.
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Posted 27 August 2017 - 06:09 PM

View PostPeanutsDaddy, on 28 April 2017 - 06:12 PM, said:

I purchased a Golfing Buddies CR2 charger with 2 batteries.   I've charged the batteries once since last season so the charger has paid for itself.  

$30+ tax to purchase 2 of these batteries where I live.

Who was your golfing buddy? What is the brand of the one you bought? I bought a 12pack from amazon earlier this year. The first battery lasted forever, afterwards, every battery after that lasted about a round. What a waste.

Anyone know of a better range finder that uses more typical batteries? I am currently using a bushnell tour v3.  I'm open to suggestions. May just sell mine to get some money back to buy a better one.
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Posted 27 August 2017 - 06:15 PM

I'm trying to figure out if it's my bushnell tour v3 that's the problem (something causing it to eat through batteries) or if it's the batteries...I was buying some rayovac CR2's and they were lasting a few rounds.  These cheap bulk ones I bought off Amazon, enegitech sold by powermall.  Supposed to have a 10 year shelf life, but they can't hold a 3v charge long enough to last a round.  Check it with the battery tester and it's green, but throw it back in the range finder and it's kaput. gotta find a better battery or a better rangefinder.
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Posted 27 August 2017 - 08:13 PM

View Postillmatik53, on 27 August 2017 - 06:09 PM, said:

View PostPeanutsDaddy, on 28 April 2017 - 06:12 PM, said:

I purchased a Golfing Buddies CR2 charger with 2 batteries.   I've charged the batteries once since last season so the charger has paid for itself.  

$30+ tax to purchase 2 of these batteries where I live.

Who was your golfing buddy? What is the brand of the one you bought? I bought a 12pack from amazon earlier this year. The first battery lasted forever, afterwards, every battery after that lasted about a round. What a waste.

Anyone know of a better range finder that uses more typical batteries? I am currently using a bushnell tour v3.  I'm open to suggestions. May just sell mine to get some money back to buy a better one.

The brand of charger is called "Golfing Buddy"  CR2 Charger.   Haven't purchased a new set of batteries in 2 years.  Has paid for itself this season.

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 03:14 AM

View Postillmatik53, on 27 August 2017 - 06:15 PM, said:

I'm trying to figure out if it's my bushnell tour v3 that's the problem (something causing it to eat through batteries) or if it's the batteries..

Just a thought of a remote possibility, you might want to look at how you store the rangefinder in your bag.  It could be in a way where the movement on the bag is triggering the range finder inside the bag when the bag moves around.  Particularly (for some of the Bushnell's) the side button if yours has one. That would decrease the battery life.

But, that being said, I'd be more likely to blame the batteries - CR2's aren't the most popular battery and can end up on the shelves longer then most.  Check the packaging for a date.

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 06:02 AM

Im in North Central Florida, and I can never find these batteries... its ridiculous...
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Posted 28 August 2017 - 08:10 AM

View PostGeaux Gators, on 28 August 2017 - 06:02 AM, said:

Im in North Central Florida, and I can never find these batteries... its ridiculous...

Walmart.com
Bestbuy.com
Amazon.com

etc etc :) :)

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 08:37 AM

View PostStuart G., on 28 August 2017 - 03:14 AM, said:

View Postillmatik53, on 27 August 2017 - 06:15 PM, said:

I'm trying to figure out if it's my bushnell tour v3 that's the problem (something causing it to eat through batteries) or if it's the batteries..

Just a thought of a remote possibility, you might want to look at how you store the rangefinder in your bag.  It could be in a way where the movement on the bag is triggering the range finder inside the bag when the bag moves around.  Particularly (for some of the Bushnell's) the side button if yours has one. That would decrease the battery life.

But, that being said, I'd be more likely to blame the batteries - CR2's aren't the most popular battery and can end up on the shelves longer then most.  Check the packaging for a date.
ire likely

I'd also check that after pressing the "on" button the display goes out in about 10 seconds. If the button is sticking the battery will drain quick. I agree that it's more likely poor batteries (the rf still could be the issue). Take one of the batteries and try to find another rf to swap it with. That will prove the actual battery condition.

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 05:37 AM

View Postredrover69, on 28 August 2017 - 08:10 AM, said:

View PostGeaux Gators, on 28 August 2017 - 06:02 AM, said:

Im in North Central Florida, and I can never find these batteries... its ridiculous...

Walmart.com
Bestbuy.com
Amazon.com

etc etc :) :)

you and your common sense are not helping

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i meant locally, but I'm pretty sure you knew that...

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 05:39 AM

I saw some in Target the other day,at one of the displays by the registers.

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 05:56 AM

I don't have a target... The only place that has them locally is Lowes...  which is ridiculous.  they are like 10 bux each

WalMart has been out of them overtime i have looked for them
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Posted 29 August 2017 - 06:20 AM

Availability is going to vary from area to area - if you want to find a local source you're going to have to get out and around.  Some of the better places to try (if you haven't already) would be office supply chains or electronic chains (e.g. Best Buy or Staples), camera stores (if any exist any more), even try some of the various drug store chains.  Although most don't, we even have one grocery store chain that carries them.

You never know but I doubt you'll find a much better price then what you've found at Lowes (at least to the point that will match the online prices).   Personally, at one battery every year or two, I can't say I pay a whole lot of attention to the price.

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:15 AM

I go through a battery a month to month and a half. But I live on the course so I use mine a lot.
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Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:17 AM

http://www.ebay.com/...aYAAOxyGqZSUw84

Under $2 apiece, shelf life of seven years.

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 11:02 AM

I bought a sleeve of 10 for $16 on Amazon. Play 4 times a week and the battery has lasted a few months and still going strong.

Geaux Gators-why worry about finding them locally? They are way more expensive in stores.  Just get them online was a great suggestion which you poo pooed for some reason.
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Posted 29 August 2017 - 11:21 AM

http://www.ebay.com/...OUAAOSw8HBZEl4O

Mine have lasted just short of 1 year each. Bought 2 with RF and put 2nd one in last week. Went to local walgreens and they wanted $17 for a 2 pack that had been opened and stapled shut. Went straight to ebay for a 5 for $10.86 free ship. It says Exp 2024 so we'll have to see.

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 11:26 AM

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http://www.ebay.com/...OUAAOSw8HBZEl4O

Mine have lasted just short of 1 year each. Bought 2 with RF and put 2nd one in last week. Went to local walgreens and they wanted $17 for a 2 pack that had been opened and stapled shut. Went straight to ebay for a 5 for $10.86 free ship. It says Exp 2024 so we'll have to see.
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Posted 29 August 2017 - 11:35 AM

 Precision Pro Golf, on 28 April 2017 - 11:11 AM, said:

 GolfGrouch, on 28 April 2017 - 11:00 AM, said:

I just bought my first laser rangefinder that uses the CR2 battery size.  I play golf on average twice a week so I imagine I'll have to replace the battery regularly.  What is the most economical battery replacement regimen?  Rechargeable or non-rechargeable batteries?  While I would like to minimize any adverse environmental impact, I'm concerned about rechargeable reliability.  Is there a recommended battery manufacturer?  What is the best retailer / seller to purchase batteries?  I've read about customers receiving old batteries on Amazon and eBay so I'd probably like to avoid those two sources.

Thanks in advance for any assistance! :good:

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:27 PM

 cristphoto, on 28 August 2017 - 08:37 AM, said:

 Stuart G., on 28 August 2017 - 03:14 AM, said:

 illmatik53, on 27 August 2017 - 06:15 PM, said:

I'm trying to figure out if it's my bushnell tour v3 that's the problem (something causing it to eat through batteries) or if it's the batteries..

Just a thought of a remote possibility, you might want to look at how you store the rangefinder in your bag.  It could be in a way where the movement on the bag is triggering the range finder inside the bag when the bag moves around.  Particularly (for some of the Bushnell's) the side button if yours has one. That would decrease the battery life.

But, that being said, I'd be more likely to blame the batteries - CR2's aren't the most popular battery and can end up on the shelves longer then most.  Check the packaging for a date.
ire likely

I'd also check that after pressing the "on" button the display goes out in about 10 seconds. If the button is sticking the battery will drain quick. I agree that it's more likely poor batteries (the rf still could be the issue). Take one of the batteries and try to find another rf to swap it with. That will prove the actual battery condition.

Good point. I didn't try the batteries in anyone else's range finder. I'll have to give that a go.  I am planning on buying that Golfing Buddies rechargeable that was mentioned earlier in this thread. Might give that a shot.

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:31 PM

 Stuart G., on 28 August 2017 - 03:14 AM, said:

 illmatik53, on 27 August 2017 - 06:15 PM, said:

I'm trying to figure out if it's my bushnell tour v3 that's the problem (something causing it to eat through batteries) or if it's the batteries..

Just a thought of a remote possibility, you might want to look at how you store the rangefinder in your bag.  It could be in a way where the movement on the bag is triggering the range finder inside the bag when the bag moves around.  Particularly (for some of the Bushnell's) the side button if yours has one. That would decrease the battery life.

But, that being said, I'd be more likely to blame the batteries - CR2's aren't the most popular battery and can end up on the shelves longer then most.  Check the packaging for a date.

Yeah, I mean that is very likely that the batteries are crap.  I mean I bought a bundle for cheap. Enegitech was the brand sold by powermall on amazon.  At least the first one worked out well.

So at one point, when the rangefinder was in the case, I could definitely believe that maybe the side netting inside the case, (if you have the red and gray bushnell with the zipper and elastic, when you open it, there is netting on both sides to stop the case from opening all the way.) could be pressing against the button when it's closed. So I store my rangefinder in reverse so the button is lower in the case.  

I doubt the button is getting pressed while i'm playing because usually I have it in the basket of my push cart when I walk in the early morning on weekends.  I doubt anything is pressing it.  I've got 3 balls, the RF with no case, and a water bottle sitting in that basket/net area.  When I'm riding, i usually just toss it in the front cubby hole of the cart.  So definitely no chance of something holding down the button there.
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Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:33 PM

Thank you all who replied to my posts.  It was much appreciated.  If all else fails, I might sell my RF on craigslist and then just give the NX7 pro a try.  
Only thing that worries me about the NX7 pro is that it's normal operating range is 400 yards, and then it's within 1yd only from 125yds and in.  Meaning that a longer iron could roll right off the back of a green if it was off by 5 yds.  I don't know though, I've never used one yet.  Has anyone else had any good/bad feedback about the NX7 pro?

For example the Bushnell X2 pro operating range is 500+ yds I think, and the accuracy from 125yds and in is within half a yard.

Why couldn't they just make a rangefinder that uses 2 AA batteries setup in series(?) to increase the voltage from 1.5 (per battery) to  3v total.  Life would be so much easier...And I could live with rechargeable AA's.

Edited by illmatik53, 29 August 2017 - 10:36 PM.

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:55 PM

 illmatik53, on 29 August 2017 - 10:33 PM, said:

Thank you all who replied to my posts.  It was much appreciated.  If all else fails, I might sell my RF on craigslist and then just give the NX7 pro a try.  
Only thing that worries me about the NX7 pro is that it's normal operating range is 400 yards, and then it's within 1yd only from 125yds and in.  Meaning that a longer iron could roll right off the back of a green if it was off by 5 yds.  I don't know though, I've never used one yet.  Has anyone else had any good/bad feedback about the NX7 pro?

For example the Bushnell X2 pro operating range is 500+ yds I think, and the accuracy from 125yds and in is within half a yard.

Why couldn't they just make a rangefinder that uses 2 AA batteries setup in series(?) to increase the voltage from 1.5 (per battery) to  3v total.  Life would be so much easier...And I could live with rechargeable AA's.

Here is comparison info on popular rangefinders.  I have the Bushnell V4 which is rated for 1000 yards (!) and 400 yards for flags with 1 yard accuracy. After using mine all year the unit just works with no issues - quick, accurate, and reliable. Still on original battery and I play at least twice a week.

https://lasergolfrangefinder.com/

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 11:57 AM

 Shilgy, on 29 August 2017 - 11:02 AM, said:

I bought a sleeve of 10 for $16 on Amazon. Play 4 times a week and the battery has lasted a few months and still going strong.

Geaux Gators-why worry about finding them locally? They are way more expensive in stores.  Just get them online was a great suggestion which you poo pooed for some reason.

No, I was kidding about the fact I was complaining about something locally when I could easily get it online.

Thought the lols would have given that away
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Posted 30 August 2017 - 12:00 PM

 Geaux Gators, on 30 August 2017 - 11:57 AM, said:

 Shilgy, on 29 August 2017 - 11:02 AM, said:

I bought a sleeve of 10 for $16 on Amazon. Play 4 times a week and the battery has lasted a few months and still going strong.

Geaux Gators-why worry about finding them locally? They are way more expensive in stores.  Just get them online was a great suggestion which you poo pooed for some reason.

No, I was kidding about the fact I was complaining about something locally when I could easily get it online.

Thought the lols would have given that away

Maybe next time go with LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL and then several !!!!!!'s and a couple emoticons.

Although on a bad day I'm perfectly capable of missing the point even then...

LOL!!!

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