Harder than you’d think. Because battery-powered devices and electronics are so woven into daily life, a LOT has to function perfectly every day, or your lifestyle grinds to a halt. So many parts can wear out or malfunction at any time.
Batteries Shack is the place you go when you don’t want your technology to fail you.
As you’d guess, we carry just about every kind of battery you’ll ever need – from car batteries to cell phone batteries to household batteries (even golf cart batteries). But we don’t “just sell batteries.” We’ll also help you pick out the best battery, and we’ll help you install it, and clean the terminals for free, and tell you how to maintain it for maximum life and performance.
You count on your technology. Your technology can count on Batteries Shack. We give you a level of expertise and service you can’t get at a big-box retailer or at a local phone-repair company. How do we do it? Here are a few big differences between Batteries Shack and just about everyone else in the batteries and electronics space:
When you walk into Batteries Shack, we’ll ask you what you’re looking for, exactly. If you need a device repaired, we’ll offer you a free, no-obligation diagnosis (more on that in a minute). If you need a battery, we’ll ask you for the exact model you want. Chances are we have it in-stock. We’ll ask you about your needs and specifications, so that we can suggest a few options for you to consider. We might ask questions like:
We don’t just hand you a battery and send you home. We use our experience and expertise to help you pick the single best battery for your specific needs. Our goal is for you not to need to return to Battery Shack for a good long time.
At AutoZone or Advance Auto Parts a battery has to compete with jumper cables and cup-holders for shelf space. At Walmart or Costco the batteries have to share the floor with dog food and diapers, so the “Batteries” department can’t be too comprehensive.
At Batteries Shack, because we made our name in batteries, our aisles are stacked with batteries big and small, common and hard-to-find. We have pretty much every kind of household, automotive, or specialty battery. The only things our batteries have in common is that they’re safe, durable, fresh, well-stored, and not knock-off brands.
Many sellers and stores boast of a large inventory, but always seem to run out of common batteries, or need to special-order the one battery you’re looking for. Either way, you don’t get the battery you need for days or weeks (if you get it at all).
Batteries Shack takes pains to keep 99.5% of our listed inventory in our store, on our shelves, fresh and well-stored, ready for when you need it.
The biggest problem with trying to batteries online (particularly on Amazon or eBay) is you’re often sold a knock-off brand. Even if you try to avoid the inferior imitation brands, sometimes the seller will send you a knock-off anyway, hoping you won’t notice.
The results range from disappointing to dangerous. Most sellers on Amazon and eBay don’t list expiration date on batteries. Or they don’t show picture of the battery package. They may say the battery is “equivalent to” the brand you actually want, and the battery may look similar and list similar specs. You won’t know the difference until the battery explodes, catches fire while charging, damages your circuit board, or dies when you really don’t want it to die.
We only carry major brands of batteries, all made in the USA. On paper they may look more expensive than the knock-offs, but in the long run they are many times less expensive, because they last longer and don’t damage your equipment (or cause you injury).
Too often, buying batteries online or at a big-box retailer is like buying sushi at the gas station. The lack of freshness probably won’t kill you, but it may cause unexpected problems.
Because people come from all over Michigan to get the right batteries at Batteries Shack, nothing sits on the shelf for too long. We rotate our inventory every six months – and sometimes even more frequently.
For the same reason that our batteries are fresher, they’re also less expensive. Because we provide many Michiganders with batteries, suppliers give us reasonable deals. Also, because our store is smaller than a football field, we have lower overhead. They’re not necessarily cheap, but they’re not ridiculously marked-up the way they are at big-box retailers or at automotive stores.
The only thing worse than a battery dying on you is not being able to install the battery you need. If your battery requires installation that’s even a little involved – like a car battery – we’ll install it for free and give you a free terminal cleaning.
Most phone/laptop/electronics repair “professionals” are a little slippery. They’re like dishonest car mechanics who got figured out and needed to get into a new line of work. They charge for the diagnosis, and of course for the repairs, and always seem to find something else wrong with your device, causing you to pay more than the estimate.
We at Batteries Shack are battery experts precisely because we’re obsessed with all electronics. Whether you need your phone, laptop, video game console, or other unit repaired, we can do it. But unlike companies that only offer repairs, everyone who works here will still make a good living even if you don’t need us to make major repairs, or any repairs at all. The result is we don’t pressure you. If you bring us your broken or malfunctioning device, we’ll figure out what’s wrong with it for free, often right on the spot. If it’s an easy fix, we’ll tell you. If it needs surgery, we’ll tell you so you can weigh your options.