How To: Recharge Single Use Alkaline Batteries

Maximal Power UC-101 Universal Travel Charger

I knew this was kind of possible; as a kid we used to leave dead alkaline batteries out in the sunshine for a few hours, and this seemed to recharge them a little bit, so we could get a bit more use out of them. What I didn’t realize is that you can actually purchase specific battery chargers which are designed to recharge dead single use alkaline batteries. Now maybe everyone else knew this, but I certainly didn’t!

This means that once you have purchased a battery charger, such as the: Maximal Alkaline, RAM, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V BatteriesPower FC999 Universal Rapid Charger, you then effectively have free batteries for life. Our local authority recycles dead batteries, they pick them up with the garbage once a month.

If I went out into the neighborhood that day, I could literally collect 1000s of free alkaline batteries which could then be recharged and reused. Even if your local authority doesn’t provide this service, you could still get all the free batteries you need, by asking friends and family to save their batteries for you. You could also ask local stores and commercial premises if they could save their batteries for you.

Just to note – the Maximal Power FC999 Universal Rapid Charger doesn’t just charge alkaline batteries, it also charges: RAM, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, AA, AAA, C, D, N, and 9V batteries, so it’s got you covered for everything.

Additionally, you might also want to purchase a battery tester, to check batteries are dead and check how well they have recharged; this SE BT20 9-Volt Battery Tester costs just $3 (with free delivery).

A Little More Juice?

Batteries are one of the few things that bridge the gap between primitive and modern day tools. However there is a big problem with them. Most of the standard batteries we have on hand are a one time use item, that gets tossed as soon as they run out of juice.

Sure they have long lasting lithium batteries, and rechargeable NiMH batteries and a few other different types, but those are a good deal more expensive. We can recharge “one-time use” alkaline batteries so can you imagine how much money that would save over the course of a year?

Now after accidentally blowing up several CD players in my youth I have to admit I am a little hesitant about these. But based on the reviews on amazon as well as the reviews on amazon, I think this gadget is worth a shot!

Batery Charger

Now maybe everyone else knew this, but I certainly didn’t. This means that once you have purchased a battery charger, such as this Universal Rapid Charger, you then effectively extended the average life of each of your batteries at least 2-3 times.

If you pick up one of these you should start asking friends and family to save their batteries for you. You could also ask local stores like Best Buy and even your workplace if they could save their batteries for you.

Now this might not be news to some of you, but I was surprised to find out that a AA battery wasn’t a single use item any more! Hopefully this gadget saves some money for people like me, that didn’t know.

Think about how much we depend on batteries. All our flashlights, remotes and radios etc take batteries; not to mention, if you have kids or grand-kids! How much do you think you spend throughout the year on all of the batteries that go into their toys and portable game systems? If nothing else, it is for more Eco-friendly to reuse old batteries, rather than just throwing them in the trash…

And I know that When TSHTF this thing runs off of a wall outlet… but just curious if anyone knows if this will work on a solar generator? It takes a long time to charge the batteries but has a relatively low power consumption

P.S.  It’s not just  AA batteries that this thing charges.

It also charges AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride), Ni-CD (Nickel Cadmium), RAM (Rechargeable Alkaline Manganese) and even Alkaline (previously Non-Rechargeable) batteries all on the same tool!

Anyway, this might not be news to some of you, but hopefully it is useful information and saves some money for people that didn’t know. All our flashlights, remotes and radios etc take batteries; not to mention, if you have young kids, you get through a huge amount of batteries with all their toys and games. If nothing else, it is for more eco-friendly to reuse old batteries, rather than just throwing them in the trash…

Check this charger out and let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

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