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).
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…