Well boys and girls, this is a rare occurrence, but I must speak to the longevity of the FF batteries. I have one battery I've never used, still in storage. I imagine it's as good now as it was when it was sent. The other two batts, the ones I've had for 10 and 9 months respectively, are really, REALLY showing their wear, at this point. The 10 month-old, lasts less than 10 medium hits at this point. The other, probably about twice as long, maybe a little less. Any way you look at it, they are entirely unsuitable for away-from-home use at this point. Not bad, but I think it is a testament to that fact that FF batteries WILL need to be replaced. $30 bucks is a fair price, IMO. But to think that the first few batts you buy will last you forever... well, I hope you're not under that impression. Still, got to love the fact these batts are so affordable, last a good while, and are entirely replaceable by the user. They are not, however, immortal.