The correct way to handle batteries and rechargeable batteries

As natural resources are dwindling and there is a growing awareness of the ecological and social effects of economic activity, a legitimate approach is to reassess habits in terms of their sustainability and, where necessary, to correct them.

Batteries is a product area that repeatedly comes under the spotlight in relation to actions to conserve resources. We have listed some suggestions below.

Mobility and independence

First of all, batteries mean independence from the power supply — if there are no cables, then the energy has to be generated in another way. Self-powered solutions such as EnOcean technology or solar-powered devices are not always an option.

Self-discharge

Primary cells come in a number of versions. As lithium batteries have a very low self-discharge rate, they are used for data loggers and other measuring devices that require very little power. The battery's energy is then actually of benefit to the device and does not dissipate unused over time.

Industrial

Conventional alkaline batteries are available with a similar characteristic, known as "industrial" types. Improving the utilisation of the energy through a low level of self-discharge indirectly helps to improve the ecological balance.

1.5-volt rated voltage?

In energy-hungry devices, 1.5-V primary cells can often be replaced by 1.2-V NiMH rechargeable batteries with a low rate of self-discharge (e.g. Eneloop). This is because Eneloop maintains 1.2 V over almost the full discharge process, so it exceeds the output of a primary cell. With up to 1000 charging cycles, the rechargeable battery can avoid high battery costs and a lot of discarded empty batteries.

Ultra Fast Charger

The Ultra Fast Charger can charge your NiMH batteries very quickly, with up to 2500 mA per cell. Each battery's level of charge is monitored to optimise the charging function. The controlled charging extends the service life of the rechargeable batteries, helping to conserve resources.