CR2032 AKA Red Dot Fuel

I found these 8pks of CR2032 at IKEA. At $1.99 for 8, that makes each battery $0.25 each.

There are some places online that you might be able to get these a little bit cheaper. I saw an ebay auction that had a 5pk for $0.99.  So that is $0.20 each but then factor in cost of shipping. So if you have an IKEA nearby and you need some CR2032 for your Red Dots you have a place to get them relatively cheap.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • brutal

    WTF are you doing at an IKEA? They don’t allow guns.

    • Frank

      Probably shopping…..

    • Sianmink

      Unless they have a metal detector or patdown they’re not stopping me.

      Sometimes stupid corporate policy should just be treated as such, and not as a Deadly Offense to All Your Sensibilities.

      • brutal

        It was a rhetorical question smothered with sarcasm.

    • Bill

      The worst they can do is ask you to leave. No, the worst they could do would be to hold you hostage building floor models and subsisting on meatballs.

      • Lupinsea

        Hey. Don’t knock them Swedish meatballs. It’s why I go to Ikea. Swedish meatballs and lingonberries.

        Damn you, Bill. Now I want to go to Ikea.

        • Mike N.

          Horse meat never tasted better. But it never stopped me.

        • Bill

          I prefer the salmon-like material. Of course its the finest available, and only 500 miles plus from an actual ocean.

      • Chris Dooley

        Fish roe paste. Nothing to eat but fish roe paste

    • Rock or Something

      I’ve seen some people post images of the “no gun” sign at various IKEAs, but I haven’t seen one at the store in Phoenix. Unless they put one up recently, I’m guessing it’s a decision left to each location.

    • iksnilol

      So does pretty much any big chain.

    • billyoblivion

      Cheap lunch and cheap furniture.

    • elmore3399

      I carry my gun in Ikea all the time they just can’t see it

  • tony

    Not all 2032s are built the same, just saying…

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Agreed. I’d rather buy a known quality battery and pay a little more then buy the bargin basement brand and not know what I’m getting. My Sig Romeo 1 battery died after 7 days of continuous use. Another guy is reporting 4 hours and another 3 months all using the included battery. I’m guessing and hoping the battery is the issue.

    • Brick

      Absolutely.

      Very cheap batteries are more likely to leak from my experience. Not something I’d want to happen inside expensive gear.

      • flyingburgers

        Lithiums don’t leak like alkalines do… they don’t have the chemical reaction that an alkaline does. There’s no way to stop it, so even the best alkaline will leak when discharged. That’s why in expensive gear you should fork out for compatible lithiums.

        • Brick

          Thanks, I didn’t know that.

        • Phillip Cooper

          Correct- because lithiums don’t leak when they are overly-discharged… they *explode*! 🙂

          • bull

            no thats lithium – ION. not the same

    • aka_mythos

      Exactly. Having done a lot of manufacturing sourcing… What people don’t realize is that the way name brand batteries get their performance consistency is simply attrition… they make large batches of batteries and separate them on how well they meet different specifications and then sell off the ones that don’t meet any of their brand specifications to companies that re-brand them as no-name generic brands. Some fall out because their voltage is just a little shy or their shelf life isn’t expected to be as long as it should be or lower amp-hrs.

      • raz-0

        That may be true, or may not be. I’m going to go with kind of true based on having relatives that worked at Duracell and what Duracell’s practices were to get higher quality. They sure have a lot of patents and sure put a lot of people through a lot of work to simply get quality by culling output and batching it.

        That said, batteries are marked up beyond all get out. That Duracel cr123 battery that is $9 in the pharmacy is $2 in a 12 pack. It’s even less if you want to buy 1000 at a time.

        cr2032 name brand batteries that are as far as i can tell just as good as energizer or duracell (at least my scopes eat them up at about the same pace) are all of $0.70. Another major name, although not a major battery name, is $0.50 in single units and you can get it discounted in quantities of 10+.

        IKEA buys in bulk and uses MUCH shittier packaging. Packaging might impact shelf life there too. All the good brands use something reasonably air tight. Still at that price I’d conside buying a card or two if I got dragged to ikea as just in case batteries as sometimes my favorite vendors run dry of the good value CR2032 batteries, also to feed the “non-rcitical” things that use cr2032s like the led pumpkin lights or the kids noise making rw2-d2 figure or whatever.

        • aka_mythos

          I used to work in consumer products and was in China sourcing everything including batteries and part of that involved going to Duracell and other battery manufacturer’s factories and that’s what I was told. The engineers and sales people I interacted with weren’t shy about it.

    • ozzallos .

      And at $0.20/per, I’m willing to make that compromise. Heck, I might even get spendy and buy *two* packs to hedge against poor QC.

      But somehow I’m thinking product from the meatball emporium will do just fine.

  • Edeco

    I’m all about IKEA, but only in the basis that it’s priced so low the service life hardly matters. As such I don’t think I’d use ’em for plattbojes.

    • Bill

      I buy my Plattbojes from dedicated, reliable Plattboj sources.

  • Joseph Goins

    My experience with Ikea CR2032s is very poor.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I like to drive out to the desert by myself and wash down a few of these with a bottle of vodka out by the fire and just….get weird.

    • billyoblivion

      Just avoid Barstow. I here there’s a bunch of large flying bats there.

      • Ringolevio

        I read TheNotoriusIUD’s comment and was thinking “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”, and I see you were thinking along the same lines…

    • jcitizen

      I live in the desert, so I can identify with that braw! 🙂
      Use’ta enjoy a cigar and a pepsi with that fire!

  • Disarmed in CA

    Put these in your cheap stuff. Like bathroom scales or freebie watches

  • LGonDISQUS

    Crack them open and will find sawdust or machine shavings in some chinese batteries that claim to be cheapest! ?

  • Anonymoose

    I yearn for the day when Ikea will sell Aimpoints and Carl Gustavs…

    • Iggy

      Yeah, until you find yourself at 2 in the morning disassembling a Carl Gustav to work out where you missed a screw.

      • Dougscamo

        Or trying to figure out what the pictures refer to…..

        • Chris Dooley

          I’d pay money to see Ikea print a manual of arms for a modern weapon system.

          • Dougscamo

            No doubt the Gustav would resemble a wheeled-kitchen cart when finished….

      • Wow!

        First world problems 🙂

  • Kirk Newsted

    So if my red dot gets average use, lets say two or three hours a month, and it lasts for like 3 years, now many of those 8 batteries will still be any good after sitting around in my junk drawer?

    • Phillip Cooper

      If your junk drawer is like mine, how the hell you gonna FIND the darn things?

      … I have *WAY* too many tools, and parts, laying about.

    • Cymond

      I have several cheap red dots on rimfires, and they’ll kill a battery in a few days if I forget to turn one off after plinking.

  • Gary Kirk
  • Tom1003

    I buy energizer silver oxides from ebay. They give as good performance as energizer batteries available from any name brand retailer or local store but at 1/4 or less price as I would pay at wallmart etc. Pack of two 2016 or 2032 energizers at walmart 4.99. Ebay – 5 pack of 2016 or 2032 or 357s for 4.99 with free shipping. Wake up and buy batteries without getting ripped of people. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7832559c9042feab47424ff155c5aa132ec6a35ea75f1500f0edf360fa76f6c3.jpg

    • brutal

      I also buy in bulk from ebay, amazon, woot. Have to watch out for fakes.

  • Badwolf

    Expensive red dot and cheap battery, no no no. Cheap red dot and cheap battery, ok.

  • Gregory

    Isn’t IKEA the company that forbids CCW’s from being in their business? My, what short memories we have.

    • Kirk Newsted

      Unless they have metal detectors and people doing patdowns, I don’t pay attention to those signs. Concealed is concealed.

    • The_Automator

      Part of what makes America so darn cool is that people are free to hold their own views. If they don’t like guns, I’m not going to be mad at them. Hell, I’m not supposed to carry my gun a lot of places that I go day to day, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to make my life actively worse by not going to said places.

  • The_Automator

    I’ve actually had these in my Aimpoint H-1s for about 2 years. Performance is just fine, however, when I do my yearly battery swap (I know that the battery life should be longer, but a new battery is cheap insurance on a gun for shooting people), I noticed the new battery was noticeably brighter. The life isn’t what a much more expensive battery is, in my experience.

  • nova3930

    I got Sony’s on Amazon a while back for something like 50 cents a piece….

  • dubsak20

    Are they all dead?

  • Wow!

    Or do what I did, drill a hole in the cap, solder in some leads to a double AA battery pack (series) and seal up with epoxy or silicone sealant. Run of rechargable batterys like an EOTECH and profit from longer run times and cheaper reloading. It’s practically a $20 aimpoint.

  • American Patriot

    Wow when I read the headline I thought the writer was trying to impress us with his math skills, then I clicked on the article and yep he is impressive showing off his 3rd grade graduation ability….up next Writing 101:

  • Wingbert

    Energizer and Sony CR2032 are just a dollar a piece. I can afford to splurge on that