Here is some interesting information about batteries you may not be aware of. For example, did you know that “heavy-duty” batteries are NOT superior to alkaline cells, which last twice as long? In fact, once a high-energy-demand device, such as a digital camera, has ‘used up’ its alkaline batteries’ power , those same alkaline batteries will still have enough juice to power a low-drain device, such as a small wall clock, for some time. Batteries are very expensive and one might as well us up all the energy one has paid for!
Battery Information That Might Surprise You:
Household Lithium-ion batteries are safer than some batteries used on commercial airlines—that is true. Lithium-ion batteries got a bad rap with stories that circulated in 2006 regarding these chargeable batteries being responsible for phones and laptops that actually caught on fire. Though these occurrences did happen due to the batteries’ ions moving too quickly, anymore these occurrences are rare. Car companies and scientists realized the potential for Li-ion batteries, and because of that, copious amounts of time and money were poured into finding ways to reduce safety hazards. New Nano-materials have been incorporated to minimize overheating.
Surprisingly and disturbingly, the solid-state lithium-ion polymer batteries one might use for household- devices are actually safer than the liquid lithium-ion cells used in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jets which have had serious problems with their overheated batteries that have caught fire.
Put your batteries in the refrigerator to prolong their life—that is false. The truth is that cooling a battery doesn’t preserve the charge any better than storing a battery at room temperature. Also, any condensation that takes place in the fridge can corrode a battery, accomplishing the exact opposite of why it would have been put in the refrigerator in the first place—this, according to Isidor Buchmann, CEO of Cadex Electronics and author of “Batteries In A Portable World”.
But simply don’t take Mr. Buchmann’s word for it. In a poll with experts, this very question concerning refrigerating batteries was asked among battery manufacturers and Duracell and Energizer both gave a thumbs-down to refrigeration. They stated that normal temps between 68 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity levels no higher than 65% is perfect.
Batteries should never be thrown away in the trash!—that is partly true and partly false. Some batteries contain heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and sulfuric acid which are toxic to humans and animals. Considering the fact that Americans dispose 2.9 billion (billion, not million) batteries each year, this amounts to more than 179,000 tons of tossed batteries, much of which ends up in our landfills. Out of the 179,000 tons, 14,000 tons are attributed to disposable batteries. The dangers of toxins seeping into water supplies speaks for itself not to mention dangerous pollutants that permeate the air when landfills are burned. Burning, instead of burying, amounts to about 13% of landfill waste elimination.
Environmental activists, such as Monica Wilson, states: “When you throw waste into an incinerator, no matter how clean it claims to be, harmful emissions are produced.” The bottom line is: the more batteries we can keep out of the landfills, the better it is for all of us!
Certain batteries, however, are deemed non-hazardous: alkaline, manganese, carbon zinc, lithium and lithium-ion, rechargeable alkaline or nickel metal hydride. Other batteries, such as button batteries used in watches and hearing aids, rechargeable sealed lead-acid, nickel-cadmium and lead-acid vehicle batteries are toxic and must be disposed of properly.
To be on the safe side, use official battery-collection sites including Best Buy Stores and office supply stores such as Staples or Office Depot. You’ll be doing your part!
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