Re: How-To: Recharge Alkaline Batteries(Score: 1)
by on Dec 11, 2006 - 01:53 PM
Here is a better way to safely and effectively recharge disposable "non" rechargeable

The Battery Xtender Lives Up to Its Claims
as the First Safe and Effective Alkaline Battery Recharger

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – February 14, 2006 - Forget what you’ve been told about disposable
batteries not being rechargeable. The Battery Xtender can safely and
effectively recharge alkaline batteries of all sizes, saving consumers money and
sparing our environment from potentially hazardous waste.
Traditional alkaline batteries, first introduced in the 1950’s, have been a reliable
source of portable power for years. Familiar and dependable, they generally have a
finite shelf life and are discarded when their “juice” runs out. And so the costly cycle of battery waste continues … that is, until now.
After fifteen years of testing and refinement, the Battery Xtender has arrived. Used as
directed, this device can simultaneously recharge sizes AA, AAA, C, and D of 1.2
– 1.5 volt disposable alkaline batteries, extending their useful life up to ten
times or more. The Battery Xtender is also capable of recharging other types of
battery chemistries, including Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Nickel Cadmium
(NiCad), Zinc Carbon, Titanium and Rechargeable Alkaline Manganese (RAM).

The Battery Xtender is certainly not the first alkaline battery charger to hit the
market in recent years. Unfortunately, rechargers of the past not only failed to revive
battery power, they created a buildup of heat and gas which often caused
batteries to burst. The Battery Xtender accomplishes what other alkaline battery
rechargers could not: it successfully restores the voltage of common throwaway
batteries to near-new capacity, without any risk of harm to the user.

The Battery Xtender Uses Patented Technology to Recharge Alkaline Batteries

The innovativeness of the Battery Xtender lies in its precise control of the
process. Using a patented microprocessor technique called “Smart Charge”,
it automatically adjusts the charging currents in proportion to the size of
the battery being charged, and turns off when charging is complete. LED
indicators located on the front of the device allow users to easily monitor the charging

Unlike previous alkaline battery rechargers, the Battery Xtender is unconditionally
safe. Since it features an automatic shutoff element, there is no danger of
The self-monitoring technology of this device ensures that there is no
accumulation of gas, heat or pressure; in fact, batteries remain cool to the
touch throughout the charging process.
The key to recharging alkaline batteries with the Battery Xtender is that the batteries
must not have been completely drained of their power in previous use.
By following this simple rule of thumb, everyday disposable batteries can be recharged
many times over.

New Alkaline Battery Recharger is Cost-Effective and Convenient

For consumers, the economic advantage of Battery Xtender is clear. Between power-hungry
digital cameras, remote controls, portable media devices, toys, and other
gadgets, Americans buy over $6.1 billion worth of replacement batteries each year. With vthe Battery Xtender, single-use batteries can be reused rather than thrown away. In
terms of the money they save on replacement batteries, users can recoup the cost of this
alkaline battery recharger in a very short amount of time.

For the millions who depend on batteries from day to day, the convenience of the Battery
Xtender is invaluable. Its simple, one-handed operation allows it to be used
by people of all ages, including children. Weighing a mere 14.2 ounces, the
device takes up a trivial amount of space and is small enough to travel with. At home,
the Battery Xtender can be used to provide a ready power source for emergency
flashlights, digital cameras, and children’s toys. Teenagers and college
students can keep their portable music and media devices running without the hassle
of buying replacement batteries. For institutions such as hospitals, having
batteries in a high state of charge and readiness is critical for powering
devices such as portable monitoring equipment.

The Battery Xtender Addresses Ecological Concerns

In addition to its practical benefits, the Battery Xtender promises to be a boon for the
environment as well. Each year, billions of disposable alkaline batteries end up
in landfills, releasing potentially toxic pollutants such as zinc oxide,
manganese dioxide, and potassium hydroxide. Although some states require that batteries
be recycled at an authorized facility, many more do not govern their
disposal. By allowing consumers to reuse the alkaline batteries they would normally
throw away, the Battery Xtender effectively reduces the burden of waste and
contamination on our landfills.

The Battery Xtender is a proven, patented product that puts to rest the myth that you
cannot safely recharge alkaline batteries. This device retails at $39.95
including free domestic shipping when ordered online at ========================================================= April 21, 2007 How many times can an ordinary alkaline battery be recharged? Would you believe hundreds of times? The trick is to stop using the battery well before it has given up all of its available stored energy. Note that this is directly opposite to the instructions that were packed with your battery-operated drill or screwdriver with its NiCad batteries. When the drill stops turning, charge the battery, but not before. Good rule for NiCads, but not for alkaline batteries. Assuming you now have a charger to safely charge alkalines, don't wait for the battery to stop working. In order to achieve ten times extension of the normal life of an everyday alkaline battery, you will have to recharge it frequently, many more times than ten. It makes sense to use a second set of batteries for a high drain device. Take out one set of batteries when the device is not being used, and put in the second set that has been recharged. Charge the first set and carry it with you as a backup if necessary. You will be surprised how easily children will be attracted to charging their own batteries in their toys and possessions. Managing their own batteries is fun, and they know it helps the environment by not having to throw batteries away when they can recycle them. Why did it take so long for a good alkaline charger to be developed? There have been many more failures than successes along the road to developing a good charger. Products were announced, and then you didn't see any more of them. The reason is simple -- they didn't work. One came close to working, the Buddy-L SuperCharger, announced in 1993. Popular Science magazine named it as one of the 100 top scientific achievements of the year. But it did not live up to expectations. Apparently, the product was launched into production too quickly, and sub-standard operation resulted. Fortunately, the problems did not hurt the batteries. The batteries simply switched off prematurely before charging was complete, and the users had to restart the charging process several times. Also, it was not designed for easy battery insertion, always requiring two hands and a struggle. Eleven years later, many people are still using their SuperChargers and are reluctant to part with them. All the background information was absorbed and a totally re-engineered product emerged, the Battery Xtender ™ Tests have shown that it does live up to expectations, and that the claims of ten times life extension for ordinary alkaline batteries are not exaggerated. The case has been redesigned to allow easy one-handed access to the batteries, and it occupies much less space on a desk, table top or counter. Consider the cost savings and the convenience If your buying and collecting habits are typical, you will have drawers full of batteries of unknown status and age, and more non-functional chargers lying about than you would like to admit. If you switch to alkaline batteries in as many devices as possible, and charge them as well as NiMH and NiCad batteries side-by-side in the Battery Xtender ™ you will have the opportunity to clean up the disorganization and start saving money. The convenience of having newly-recharged alkalines in that drawer means not having to rush to the store to equip a flashlight when a storm approaches, or other sudden requirement. If you want to find the best deals on new batteries, as some of the old batteries will be too far gone to reuse, please check out the Recommended Sources on the Battery economy page.
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