Our Legacy

It all began with our invention of the first dry cell battery back in the 1890s. Since then, our pioneering spirit has driven us forward, leaving behind a rich history of highlights across numerous consumer brands.

  • 1896

    W.H. Lawrence invents the first dry cell battery for consumer use.

  • 1898

    Conrad Hubert invents the first handheld flashlight.

  • 1905

    Conrad Hubert renames his company The American Ever Ready Company.

  • 1914

    The American Ever Ready Company becomes part of National Carbon Company. Hubert stays on as president. The trademark is shortened to EVEREADY ®.

  • 1917

    National Carbon Company merges with Union Carbide to form the Union Carbide and Carbon Company.

  • 1955

    EVEREADY® introduces the first miniature batteries for hearing aids.

  • 1956

    EVEREADY® invents the first 9-volt battery.

  • 1958

    EVEREADY® introduces the EVEREADY Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) rechargeable battery system.

  • 1959

    EVEREADY® scientist Lewis Urry revolutionizes the battery industry by introducing the first commercially viable cylindrical alkaline battery.

  • 1967

    EVEREADY® introduces the first rechargeable flashlight.

  • 1975

    EVEREADY® introduces the EVEREADY® economy light – the world’s most popular flashlight.

  • 1980

    EVEREADY® introduces the Energizer® brand.

  • 1983

    The Company introduces the first fluorescent flashlight, requiring less frequent bulb changing.

  • 1986

    Union Carbide sells the Eveready Battery Company to Ralston Purina Company.

  • 1989

    EVEREADY® leads the industry in environmental initiatives and offers the first zero-added mercury product.

  • 1989

    The Energizer Bunny® is born - his TV debut.

  • 1992

    EVEREADY® introduces Energizer® e2®, the first AA lithium battery.

  • 1996

    EVEREADY® introduces the company’s first LED lights, offering a squeeze light, compact area/directional light and a bicycle light.

  • 1998

    EVEREADY® celebrates 100 years of portable lighting product leadership.

  • 1999

    EVEREADY® scientist, Lew Urry, is honored by having his invention – the first alkaline battery – placed into the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

  • 2000

    Eveready Battery Company is spun-off from Ralston Purina Company. Energizer Holdings, Inc. is created.

  • 2001

    Energizer® introduces the Energizer EZ Change®, a new dispenser for hearing aid batteries.

  • 2001

    Energizer® partners with Disney to become the exclusive provider of Disney-branded flashlights in the United States, a partnership that still continues today.

  • 2006

    Energizer®introduces Energi To Go® instant Cell Phone Charger.

  • 2006

    Energizer® introduces the Weather Ready® line of lighting products.

  • 2007

    Energizer® introduces Energi To Go® Portable Power for the iPod®.

  • 2007

    Energizer® introduces a new line of Energizer e2® Lithium® flashlights for the extreme outdoor enthusiast.

  • 2008

    Energizer® partners with Phillips and Techtium to introduce of the first hybrid cell phone, the first battery back-up with a single AAA battery.

  • 2014

    Energizer Holdings, Inc. announces intent to separate the Household Products and Personal Care divisions into two independent, publicly traded companies.

  • 2015

    Energizer introduces the world’s first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries – Energizer® EcoAdvanced.

  • 2015

    Energizer Holdings, Inc. is spun-off from Edgewell Personal Care to create two standalone, publicly traded companies.

  • 2016

    Energizer Holdings acquires HandStands Holding Corporation.

  • 2016

    Energizer launches the "Bigger, Better, Bunnier" advertising campaign, which will take the iconic cottontail to surprising new places and moments authentic to his disruptive nature and witty personality.

  • 2018

    Energizer Holdings acquires the Nu Finish Brands.