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Duracell’s coin batteries taste awful now, so stop eating them – Check Geek

A promotional image for Duracell's new, bad-tasting batteries

I buy CR2032 coin cell batteries in bulk because I have at least four different cycling devices that use them. And when it̵

7;s time to replace one, there’s nothing I love more than swallowing the old one whole – it makes me feel energized. But now Duracell is ruining that by adding a bitter coating to its coin-operated batteries.

Of course, I just enjoy swallowing batteries. Please do not eat batteries. They are not intended for human consumption and will certainly not leave you feeling energized. But little kids don’t know that – they see little shiny objects and something in their growing, but very, very not smart, brain says, “Hey, you should eat that thing.” I do not get it

To keep young children (and possibly myself) from eating button cell batteries, Duracell is now shipping its 2032, 2025 and 2016 size batteries with a bitter coating. Hopefully that means all of the little human baby worms who stuff these things in their mouths spit them out right away.

Duracell isn’t the first company to bitter coat its smaller products either. Nintendo does the same thing with Switch games (seriously, leak one and see for yourself) because they are straight small enough that the world’s toddlers could try to consume them.

Anecdotally, I caught my daughter trying to eat one enormously Snail once when she was a toddler and it was gross. I wish snails had a bigger coating. Seriously, why do toddlers literally put everything in their mouths? This is a form of childhood exploration that completely escapes me.

But I digress. If you are concerned that one day your child will run out of battery, this is good news. And really, even if you don’t have that fear, it’s probably a good thing. It can only save a tiny life.

Duracell on The Verge

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