It’s fickle. Electronic technology is fickle. Any electronic device that is long-standing and time-tested becomes a bore, and technology must come out with a new model, even if it does nothing new.
We are the ones who feed on new devices. We, in turn, produce this green stuff called money, which the sellers and manufacturers need to exist. We see and hear ads that tell us no matter what we’ve already purchased, when it comes to the latest version, we’ve “got to have it!” Got to have what?
Like lemmings we can jump turnstiles or force our way through crowds of others who, like ourselves, are blinded by the light of the latest version. Do we stop and ask ourselves what we are buying? Will it overheat? Do we stop and think about how functional the device will be? Will the software still work on what we already have? When it becomes last year’s news, will there still be ways to service and repair it? We are captured inside the black-hole of the manufacturers’ research and development; a planned part of market funding. They know we will buy their latest experimented version. We become part of the experiment.
Obsolete. Our purchase becomes obsolete so quickly. When the manufacturer stops making a certain device, it stops making its batteries as well. We end up out in the cyberspace third party manufacturer world. If a device is well made, chances are it will outlast its batteries. No power means our purchase becomes worthless.
Boring word: standardization. Who cares about this word? No splash of color. No promise of anything exciting. Yet, this word, standardization, is an underrated quality of any device which has a lifespan of five years or more. Something about it allows it to continue and pass the test of time.
Definition: Standard – An approved model, regarded as the usual or most common size or form of its kind. A standard is a classic model. The Hush-Puppy shoe, the sneaker, the loafer – all shoes that have passed the test of time. They are standards. What standards give is the assurance they will provide certain proven characteristics that we can rely on to function. Standard or classic shoe styles carry with them an earned “promise” of what they are.
Technically it is wise to look for standards. Standard batteries are a big plus in any electronic device you purchase. Some of their model sizes are AA, AAA, C-size, D-size, 9 Volt. These classic battery sizes are suitable for many kinds of equipment. The thing to know here is the simplicity. It does require, however, just a few minutes outside and away from the “fast food” mentality. We can begin to know what we are actually consuming. We will save money.
Standard battery types are becoming more numerous, but they are still standard because the model sizes mentioned above are classic and the most common. Standard battery types (their chemical make-up) such as Alkaline, Ni-Cadimum (NiCD), and Nickel Metal-Hydride (NiMH) are fairly well known among consumers. More battery types will begin to show up in the classic battery sizes as time goes by and manufacturers begin to realize standard battery sizes are in demand.
This is why investing in devices using standard batteries, such as AA, AAA, C-size, D-size, and 9 Volt, will in many cases outlast the electronic devices using “proprietary batteries”. A proprietary battery is made only for one device. When it is gone or expired we must go to the manufacturer for a new one if they are still available. We become dependent on the manufacturer.
Independence in portable power is a major key to longer-lasting devices. Rechargeable batteries are going to take the consumer of electronic devices a long way down the road if they are standard sizes (AA, AAA, C-cell, D-cell, 9 Volt). There will always be the classics and standards to fall back on if we allow it.
POWER YOUR ROAD!