If you have a rechargeable battery go bad on you in your cell phone, laptop computer or battery drill, you would not find a cheap battery to buy. When your car battery dies you know how much it is to replace, it’s not cheap. If you could recondition these at home yourself, you could be saving yourself some money.
There are many people that have gone into business to recondition batteries. They started out doing it for themselves and realized a potential way to make some extra money.
You could charge a fee to recondition other people’s batteries based on the battery type. The equipment needed to do this is not expensive when you consider what you could be saving yourself over the cost of new batteries. To learn more about this, read my EZ Battery Reconditioning review
You could even purchase dead car batteries from auto repair shops for almost nothing or may even get some free. You could then recondition them and sell at a nice profit. A reconditioned battery no matter what type it is would be like nearly new. You could not make them last forever by repeatedly reconditioning them, but you will significantly extend their use.
These days all that has changed, our eye on the environment is wide open, and there are all types of batteries in today’s world.
- Alkaline – non rechargeable, must be disposed of when charge runs out some components can be recycled.
- Lithium Ion – rechargeable, usually used in high end electronics and now some cars.
- Nickel Cadmium – rechargeable, the most common and oldest type of common rechargeable battery, used in everything from tools to toys.
- Nickel Metal Hydride – rechargeable, long life battery used in detectors and hearing aids, etc.
- Lead Acid – rechargeable, used in automotive, marine, and solar and wind industries (deep cycle for the latter).
With the exception of alkaline batteries, all these can be reconditioned and used again, instead of finding their way to the landfill.
One business that could benefit immediately from this type of knowledge is the renewables industry, and here is why.
If you have a battery bank for solar, wind, or magnetic energy generator, you can acquire used batteries (deepcycle) like golf cart batteries (car batteries won’t work for long in a solar or wind battery bank) for your system except you really don’t know that battery’s “rate of charge”,or how many charging cycles that battery has been through, 2 or 22.
When you size a battery bank for load you need to know this information. The rest is pretty technical so I won’t bore you with the details, but if you could recondition those used batteries back to their original state now you have good batteries for your battery back up.
With new 6 and 12 volt deep cycle batteries going for $300 up to $1500 EACH, that is some significant savings. And probably a reasonable profit to the individual or company that performs this valuable service.
Now, armed with that knowledge, can you see where reconditioning batteries could be a great peripheral business to the popular renewables industry?, not to mention all the other things that need to run on batteries!
OK back to the title: “Is it Worth It” – Absolutely!
Overall the greatest savings will be to the environment. The thousands of batteries that end up in our landfills and overseas as waste could be reconditioned and used over and over. If only one person started a business doing this it could save literally hundreds, maybe thousands of batteries from being dumped.