Most people probably wouldn't have noticed this but sometime last year I caught on that the positive terminals on AA batteries of various brands were shortened slightly. New batteries failed to operate my facial hair trimmer at all but old batteries would still work it. Comparing them I found the newer batteries did have shorter terminals which weren't making contact with the metal inside the compartment. These are Duracell batteries, not some cheap brand. The workaround involved inserting folded strips of aluminum. It just seems a very needless thing to do to battery design, since there is a chance of affecting contact inside certain devices.