Re:[GRRN] New Battery Recharging Technology

Brown, Rebecca (
Mon, 21 Jun 1999 08:39:00 -0700

Real Goods sells a product that sounds like this one. You can see it at and look under Batteries in their product index. See their
text description below. I have no idea how well it works.

Rebecca Brown
Waste Reduction/Recycling Coordinator
City of Woodland

The Innovations Battery Manager
The Next Generation Of Smart Charger
This is the easiest battery charger we've ever seen, with just three simple
steps: 1. Plug it in, 2. Insert battery(ies), 3. Remove charged battery(ies) in
24 hours. This smart charger will sense battery chemistry, alkaline, nicad, or
nickel-metal hydride, and automatically adjust charging parameters for optimum
recharging. There are no switches to set, and it accepts AAA, AA, C, and D
in any combinations of these sizes and chemistries. Even most standard
"non-rechargeable" batteries can be safely recharged up to 20 times. (Energizer
brand batteries will not recharge.) Each battery is managed individually and
turned off when finished. A liquid crystal display on each cell shows battery
voltage during charging, and battery capacity at charging completion.
Non-rechargeable batteries are shut off, and a reject symbol is displayed.
Recharging takes less than 1 cent worth of electricity per battery, saving you
money, and keeping toxic battery chemicals out of the landfill. 71/2?? x 51/2??
x 5??. ETL certified to UL standard. One year mfr.'s warranty. China.
50-194 Battery Manager $50.00

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Subject: [GRRN] New Battery Recharging Technology
Date: 6/20/99 8:16 PM

Date: Sun, Jun 20, 1999 8:16 PM
Subject: [GRRN] New Battery Recharging Technology
To: greenyes; jtrnet; multiple recipients of
This doesn't sound that cheap really, but certainly something worth checking
out...especially for those interested in commercial and institutional waste
stream management.

David Biddle

Recharge Everyday Alkaline Batteries With The Battery Recycler

ATLANTA, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Recharge the leading brands of throw-away
batteries used in everything from pagers to hospital equipment with The
Battery Recycler(TM) by INGenius. This industrial/commercial recharger
utilizes newly patented technologies that safely and effectively recharge
(thus recycle) AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt alkaline batteries numerous times --
saving money and helping the environment.
Military bases, hospitals and telecommunications companies are a few of
the industries implementing alkaline battery recharging programs with The
Battery Recycler. Even small businesses using only 50 batteries a month can
cut battery costs and positively affect the environment. High volume battery
users such as hotels, theme parks, airlines, cruise ships and others could
save thousands of dollars a month and significantly reduce solid waste.
The system costs about 4 cents per recharged battery to own and operate.
This is a fraction of the cost of a new alkaline battery! Most companies can
pay off their investment in less than six months, allowing significant battery
savings in the first year alone. Recharging batteries only one time cuts new
battery costs by 50%; recharging four times cuts those costs by up to 80%.
The Battery Recycler performance has been verified by over 1,000,000 cell
hours of battery tests and by three independent testing labs. These tests
prove that the recharging process can restore very close to (and very often
more than) 100% power to a battery on the first few recharges! And although
the life of a battery slowly decreases per recycle, the recharged battery can
still have significant capacity. For example, a Walkman radio still achieved
12.5 hours of operation after the 9th recharge. (variation in results depend
on brand of battery)
The systems are completely customizable, allowing users to charge
different battery sizes (AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt) on a single Recycling
Station. The charging process takes about 13 hours. Users can charge
anywhere from 1 battery of any size, up to 96 AAA or AA batteries on a single
Station. The Battery Recycler has a one year full replacement warranty.
Please contact INGenius at 800-300-8930 for additional product information
or for information on our special programs to help non-profit organizations
and schools raise money and environmental awareness with The Battery Recycler.
At INGenius, the product really is innovation!

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