Every year, Rayovac batteries go on sale around Black Friday. Sometimes they have AA and AAA mixed packs, other times separate AA and AAA bulk packs. This year, Lowes was offering 36-count AA and AAA packs for about $7 each.
Home Depot has a different deal – 60-count packs of 30 AA and 30 AAA batteries for $10.
I was out and near Lowes, and forgot about the Home Depot deal, so stopped by the Lowes to pick up a pack or two of batteries. Lowes’ special pricing actually ended yesterday, but they gave me the discount since they didn’t take down the promo signs.
I think Home Depot’s deal is definitely better, but I won’t return these. If anything, I’ll buy another pack at Home Depot. The ones I picked up at Lowes have a 10-year shelf life (2024 expiration), but the ones on Home Depot’s site are said to have a 7-year shelf life.
I picked up the AA pack and saw Made in the USA. I thought Rayovacs were made in the USA. Nice.
I then checked the AAA 36-count pack:
It doesn’t say anything on the front.
On the back: Made in China/Packaged in U.S.A. Err…
So then I check the 4-count, 8-count, I think a 12-count, and 16-count battery packs nearby.
Made in the USA.
So… the special 36-count AAs are made in the USA. The special 36-count AAAs are made in China. And the regularly packaged AAAs are made in the USA.
So then I checked the 24AA/24AAA packaging from 2 years ago. The AAAs are made in the USA, and the packaging says the AAs are made in the USA, Belgium, or Germany. I used up all the AAs so I can’t check what they say.
I also looked at two Rayovac AAs that I swapped out in favor of Lithiums in a brand new flashlight. Made in China.
I’m a little annoyed that Rayovac’s manufacturing country of origin is so inconsistent and all over the place. Especially since their website shows seemingly identical batteries as being USA-made. For important things, I tend to use Duracell, Energizer, or Eneloop batteries anyway. I keep buying the Rayovacs because they’re good for things like remote controls, kitchen timers, and other not very demanding tasks.
I’ll continue to buy Rayovac batteries, but probably not without checking the label to see where they’re made.
If I can stop by the local Home Depot this week, I’ll likely still buy that 60-pack of AA and AAA batteries for $10 (link). I’ve had good experiences with Rayovac batteries over the years, and that’s still a great deal. Baby toys eat up batteries like you wouldn’t believe.