Restore Your Old Batteries

Advantages of Reconditioned Batteries

There is a lot of emphasis being placed on the importance of going green, including minimizing the burning of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming and for individuals to contribute positively towards the betterment of this planet in making it a better place for future generations to come. Being eco-friendly goes far beyond just turning off the tap after use, it means that you are doing your part to conserve energy and prevent air, water, and noise pollution.

Therefore, determining the extent of your carbon footprint and acting to reduce that trail on the environment is a good place to start. We use batteries in almost every aspect of our lives, and we’ve become fully reliant on them since wireless technology took off. While primary batteries such as alkaline can be restored and are still quite far from extinction, rechargeable batteries are not only durable; they are also constantly evolving and becoming more convenient, reliable, and easy to use.

Batteries such as Nickel metal hydride are better for the environment than disposable batteries. Additionally, unlike disposable batteries that start at 1.5 volts and progressively get lower, rechargeable batteries use 1.2 volts of energy the entire time they are in use. While other battery types are not as economical to recycle, 70 percent of lead battery weight is reusable, and over 50 percent of its lead supply comes from recycled batteries.

As far as battery repair and maintenance is concerned, we are now seeing and expecting new innovations in the materials used in batteries to make them more efficient and safer. There are also advanced chargers and battery analyzers that can boost and breathe new life into your old rechargeable batteries, thus saving you money. Noteworthy too are the advancements being made in the longevity and safety of lithium-ion battery that meets and exceeds the expectations of most consumer devices.

There is also very useful information on all things batteries to help you decipher from the simplest to the hardest of battery issues. For instance, you can find help when looking for a rechargeable battery that best serves your needs, its cost, how to maintain, store or boost its lifespan. Its easy to locate a reliable mechanic when you need to repair, recondition, or restore your dead battery. You can also find handy information about the chemical components of each rechargeable battery, the safety measures you should use when conducting a DIY battery reconditioning or restoration job, and much more.

From an environmental standpoint, rechargeable batteries tick a few vital boxes. They can reload their electron supply consequently allowing them to be used over and over again and once they become completely ineffectual, they can be recycled appropriately to have a minimal impact on the environment.

Additionally, you also have the option of either buying a brand-new battery or an equally effective reconditioned battery complete with a versatile charger. This essentially saves you money and significantly cuts down on the number of batteries thrown away every year.

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4 Factors That Affect The Lifespan Of A Battery

We live in a society where batteries use has become an important component of everyday life. Not only have batteries satisfied almost all portable applications, but life without batteries is nearly inconceivable as we rely on them to power our cars, household appliances, almost all of our children’s toys, our phones, computers, the list is endless. Therefore, knowing how to care for your batteries will greatly determine how long they serve you.

There are also health and environmental concerns regarding handling and disposing of old batteries. For starters, batteries generate power by combining a chemical electrolyte with a heavy metal such as mercury, lead, cadmium or nickel. Being the oldest type of rechargeable battery, lead acid batteries are ideal for cars because they produce a lot of energy in a little space due to their high-power-to-weight ratio.

However, excessive levels of lead exposure through inhalation can lead to stunted growth in children and cause memory loss, high blood pressure, nerve disorders, and muscle and joint pain in adults. Additionally, contact with the highly corrosive sulfuric acid in lead-acid batteries can lead to permanent blindness, swallowing difficulties, and internal organs damages that can be fatal.

Prolonged exposure to a metal known as Cadmium, which is used in nickel-cadmium batteries as well as in metal coatings, plating, pigments and as a stabilizer for plastics is considered more harmful than lead exposure if ingested and can cause adverse health effects such as kidney failure, and bone softening. Small children also run a high risk of swallowing small button batteries used mostly in toys, watches, remote controls, etc. Therefore, such items must be kept out of sight and reach of children.

Ventilation is key when it comes to charging lead-acid batteries because are overcharging such batteries is known to produce a colorless, very toxic, and flammable gas known as hydrogen sulfide. The sulfuric acid found in batteries is also known to eat through cotton clothes and therefore wearing safety glasses and polyester, which is a natural acid-resistant fabric when working with your battery will protect your skin from exposure. That said, consider the following factors that may affect the lifespan of your battery:

Depth of Discharge Effect (DoD)

The depth of discharge effect is used to describe how deeply a battery is discharged. For example: depending on the type of battery you are using if it is 100% fully charged, its DoD is 0% and when it discharges 30amp hour or 30% of its energy its depth of discharge will be 20%. DoD plays an important role in the lifespan of many types of batteries such as lithium-ion batteries, lead-acid batteries or nickel-iron batteries and the deeper the DoD per cycle, the shorter the lifespan.

Most batteries, lead acid batteries, in particular, are known to self-discharge and go bad over time when they are left unused for too long. While Nickel-based batteries can be stored in a fully discharged state with no superficial side effect, both Nickle and Lithium-based batteries should be stored at a 40-50% state of charge (SoC) so as to keep them operational and minimize age-related capacity loss while allowing for some self-discharge.

Battery Maintenance

There is a common misconception that a battery failure means the end of battery life. In fact, faulty or defective batteries that have a low capacity, high internal resistance, and elevated self-discharge can be given a second lease in life. Capacity loss affected by memory in Nickel batteries can be reversed, and sulfation that occurs in lead-acid batteries can be improved with a few tried and tested battery reconditioning and repair methods.

While car batteries are designed with the likelihood of being jumped in mind, battery repair and maintenance of various other batteries not only ensures that there’s less need for a replacement, but it also extends the lifespan of the battery. This, in turn, guarantees a prolonged future use of a device, appliance, or vehicle.

A Battery’s Cycle Life

A repetitive deep discharge of any battery (lead acid in particular) will affect its performance and shorten its life cycle with each charge. A Lithium-ion battery, for example, work best when you keep it charged simply because fewer full cycles result in longer battery life. A full discharge also causes sulfation to a point where a recharge becomes almost impossible, which is why the number of times a battery can undergo the process of complete charging and discharging before its capacity falls below 80% of its original capacity known as the charge cycle is important.

Factors that can affect the life cycle of batteries may include the depth of discharge DoD, the choice of cycling material, excessive moisture that affects circulation, an inconsistent film density, etc. Such issues can be addressed by a qualified mechanic during regular battery maintenance or battery reconditioning.

Extreme Temperatures

If you have accidentally forgotten your phone in the car during a very hot day or a very cold night, chances are, you may have noticed a significant reduction in your battery life the next day. Just as changes in moisture can and will impair a phone battery’s performance, the same applies to a car’s and other batteries as well. While each battery will contain precautions stated by the manufacturer that must be adhered to regarding storage, unfortunately, exposing a car to extreme changes in weather, is inevitable for many motorists.

Did you know that starting a car engine during the cold weather especially in winter season can take up to twice as much current as is needed under normal conditions? Additionally, excessive heat does accelerate the battery’s chemical operation, causing battery fluid to evaporate. The best way to keep your battery functioning properly all year-round is storing your car in a garage whenever possible, ensuring that all its terminals are corrosion-free and have the battery checked regularly by a professional.

Being confident in your car’s battery by getting regular battery repairs will ensure that it always works well within its intended operating limits.

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