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Button batteries fall out all the time.
on January 6, 2014
I hate button batteries.
On this lantern, the main unit has 4 AA batteries, and that powers all the lights as long as they remain attached. But when you remove the individual lights, they switch to their own internal batteries, and those are the button type, 2 in each light, total of 8.
By itself, that's not so bad. But in this case the cover of the battery compartment needs only a slight ¼ twist to remove it - they tend to pop off by themselves. And that means button batteries rolling around on the floor, and me diving to grab them before my dog swallows one, which would mean thousands of dollars in X-rays or surgery (button batteries don't always just pass like a nickel or a dime - they can cause internal burns and ulcers. It can be fatal).
I somehow broke the tiny little tabs on one of the battery covers while removing the shipping tape. So that one doesn't stay on at all. They break easily.
In other respects I really like the design of this lantern, so this one flaw of the button batteries not staying where they ought to is a major disappointment.
Children's toys are legally required to use screws to secure button batteries because of the risk when swallowed. This fails miserably in that regard (although not technically a toy, so it doesn't need to meet that requirement). If you have toddlers (or dogs that snatch up everything that falls on the floor) you should definitely stay away from this lantern. If you don't have children, you should still be prepared to use a piece of tape to keep those stupid battery covers on.