Better Rechargeable Batteries for Powering Electronic Devices


| 3/4/2020 10:03:00 AM


Pale Blue Lithium batteries with USB

My wife Lisa Kivirist and I try to live Earth Day every day. We use the sun, thanks to a 10.8 kW PV system, to completely power our Inn Serendipity homestead and recharge our plug-in electric Toyota Prius Prime car. We grow most of our own food, organically. We prefer to watch sunsets, not the TV. We enjoy community potlucks featuring local food, not black tie events with flown in “fresh” fish.

But like most people, we also use numerous electronic devices that are powered by batteries. From powering carbon monoxide detectors to flashlights needed in emergencies, from keeping our Blink security cameras operational to powering our DVD remote controller, we inescapably find ourselves using batteries of various sizes and for different needs. We avoid single-use alkaline batteries, which seem to be nearly impossible to recycle for free. We’re always mindful that in nature, there is no waste. We try not to buy anything that can’t be recycled or turned into something else or used for spare parts.

As it turns out, about three billion batteries are thrown away every year in the US, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, with the majority of them ending up in landfills. About 86,000 tons of waste every year is accounted for by single-use alkaline batteries. We have used various Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries with mixed success for years, but find that it can take a long time to recharge them when depleted.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held every January in Las Vegas, my tech-savvy son Liam Kivirist and I found a number of companies addressing the need for battery power for the electronics we now use and rely upon on a daily basis, but without adding to the growing e-waste problem. Pale Blue Lithium Rechargeable Batteries and GP ReCyko are two options we’ve tested and have found to work well.



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