Batteries matter

The USCG just issued a safety bulletin regarding the use of the wrong batteries in safety equipment and how that might make the device fail. Even though the USCG document does not state exactly what happened here is my take.

The light was an ACR SM-2 which was designed to use a standard carbon battery. Someone installed an alkaline battery which sounds like a good idea but it weighs more. As the bulletin states, the device label has the correct battery options listed.

Here is the USCG notice: SM2-Battery

Please take the time to read the labels and use the proper batteries in all your life saving equipment.

Rollie Herman

Rollie Herman

Working in the marine industry since 1971, president of Westpac Marine since 1984.
Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor
Rollie Herman

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Rollie Herman

Working in the marine industry since 1971, president of Westpac Marine since 1984. Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor

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