ubergeeknz:mattwnz: Which ones are the best for not leaking? It doesn't seem to matter how much money is spent on them, some leak and some don't. It is incredibly annoying when you open up the battery compartment and it has leaked. I found it was more common with the old transonic ones from the warehouse, but even premium brands I have found occasionally leak.
IME they leak when they are left flat, if you remove them as soon as they are run down or if you are going to put the toy away for any length of time, I have found this avoids any leaking problems
FWIW I bought a whole lot of Sonixcells from the warehouse, haven't had any leak, and they seem pretty good considering how cheap they were.
Sometimes yeah I would agree. But I tend to use disposable AA's in remotes, where the batteries usually last a few years at least. Often well before they have gone flat and well before the expiry date stamped on them, one will leak for no reason. Some also swell up and split, while some just leak out the end. Maybe it is because remotes a very low load, but some of these batteries can have a 3-5 year shelf life stamped on the side.