Awesome Uses for Used Batteries

Just because your battery is used, does not mean you have to dispose of it. With a little creativity, you can get more life than you ever dreamed out of your used batteries. If you are the type to collect your old power cells until it is worth a trip to the disposal center, you might be in a great position for an inventive DIY project. Additionally, you might be able to get some clean energy going in your house with the help of those dead batteries.

Do you want to get a little dirty with an art project? Grab a good pair of gloves, a Styrofoam ball and some high quality glue. You might even have these items in your garage already. Go ahead and spray-paint the ball black or another base color of your choosing. Take your AA, AAA, D and other batteries and arrange them in a pattern or randomly. Glue the negative ends onto the ball and watch as you build a creative talking piece for your living space. You can also paint the batteries themselves to create a more cohesive color scheme.

If you want to make a fun coffee table, grab all of your old batteries and even ask your friends if they have extras lying around. Dispose of any leaking cells and use gloves when handling them. You can either use a thrift shop table or build your own with some plywood. Next, attach the cells to the flat top with the batteries oriented in a horizontal or vertical fashion. You can arrange the batteries in a pattern or create paint the cells one color. Put a sheet of clear or tinted glass on top to complete the look.

Should you know anything about circuits, you can recharge your batteries with solar energy. Even if you’ve never built a circuit before, you can recharge your batteries using a solar panel and a few wires. Some batteries are simply out of juice and can be reused. If you do this project, be sure to use the proper hand and eye protection, and be very careful around children. Battery leakage is toxic and should not be consumed or come into contact with skin.

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How to Make the Most of Used Batteries

Batteries are in pretty much everything these days, from your television remote control to your car. With all these batteries being used, disposal of them is a huge issue because they are dangerous to the environment. So, it is great idea to try to the make the most out of the batteries you have and get the longest life possible.

Not only will using batteries as long as you can help keep them out of landfills but it also will save you money. When you consider one of the largest batteries you use – the one in your vehicle – you are talking a nice chunk of money to replace it. The bottom line is that it is in your best interest to use your battery for as long as possible. How do you do this?

Start by regularly cleaning and inspecting your battery. Keep the terminals free of corrosion. This is easy to see, even if you aren’t too mechanically inclined. It often looks white, maybe with a little green tint to it. Inspect your battery monthly for signs of corrosion. At this time, also make sure the battery is secure. It shouldn’t move around or vibrate. Also, in the winter months, insulate your battery to help protect it from the cold temperatures, which can drain it.

You can also prolong the life of your battery by doing a few things during regular operation of your vehicle. Don’t take your car out for short trips on a regular basis. Driving only short distances doesn’t allow proper time for the alternator to charge your battery. Don’t listen to the radio or leave the lights on if your car is turned off. Also, make sure you are using the proper battery for your car. Your car’s owner’s manual should tell you the correct specifications for the battery.

Lastly, make sure that you keep your battery in good shape when you aren’t using the car. If you go on an extended vacation or you just don’t drive very often, you might consider buying a battery charger. This will help to ensure your battery doesn’t lose life by keeping it charged and not letting it drain too far.

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What You Should Know About RV Batteries

If you are in the market for recreational vehicle (RV) batteries, you should be familiar with the main types and their uses.

  • The starter or chassis type of battery doesn’t have a lot of power and is used mainly to start the engine, just like the one used in your car. By design this battery is intended to give a surge of power and then be immediately recharged.

  • Deep cycle batteries must completely discharge before they can be recharged. These are commonly used in campers and trailers which have separate electrical systems in the coach and in the main engine. These batteries have thicker lead plates than the starter kind, so they continue to provide power for a long camping trip in the woods. They power the lights, water pump, furnace, and any other 12 volt appliances in the coach. Some of these batteries are flooded cell, but more expensive varieties will use gel instead.

  • The RV marine battery is a sort of in-between of the other two kinds. Cheaper than a deep cycle because it is made in a similar way to a starter, it nonetheless has better performance than a starter.

The electrical system in RVs is usually 12 volts although 6 volts are also possible. Some will use two 6 volt cells instead of one 12, since they have a bit more reserve power. All RV batteries use lead acid compounds. To learn more about RV batteries in Escondido, visit our website.

Why You Should Consider Solar Power for Your Home

Beats for the BeachA lot of people these days are turning to the energy from the sun to power up their homes. Using the energy from the sun offers many benefits to both you and the environment. Not only that, but they are simple to install and don’t make any noise while operating.

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The cost of solar batteries and solar panels up front may seem like a lot. However, the amount of money that you save long term will more than pay for the costs you encounter in the beginning. Once you have your panels installed, your source of energy will be free. Because you can rely on the sun to rise each day, you know that your source of energy is renewable. Even though you won’t be able to get energy from the sun during nighttime or cloudy days, you know that there is a sunny day just around the corner. This can save you a lot of money on batteries, electricity bills, and other types of rechargeable batteries. Continue reading

How to Keep Your Truck Battery in Good Shape

Taking good care of your truck is important to help it last for a long time. There are many components to your truck, but one that may be somewhat neglected compared to the other parts is the battery. There are a couple of simple ways you can keep your batteries in good shape, which can save you money, time, and prevent a stressful situation later.

Clean the Corrosion

You don’t want any corrosion anywhere on your battery. You can prevent this by cleaning it with a special product that you can purchase at an auto parts store. If you can, get it in a spray form, as it will be easier for you to clean. Remove the cables before cleaning anything, and make sure to remove the negative cable first. Take special care when doing this. Then you can use a brush along with your spray to clean off any corrosion that you may see.

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