I'm noticing a few companies lately advertising things as "no recharging required" when they mean "no recharging possible; buy a new one several months later" and I think that's like selling clothes as "they'll never go out of fashion" because they'll fall apart within the year.

@andrewt there is a single consumer product I think that deserves "no recharging required" / "possible" on its label, and that's an ionizing 5- or 10-year smoke detector. When the battery dies, the detector is toast too. Replace the whole thing.

@wohali Yeah. Replacing batteries is one thing but I can quite see why we don't have racks of radioactive sources just for sale in the supermarket for user-installation into hopefully smoke detectors.

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