Batteries that can be reused several times are called rechargeable batteries. They were initially used as car batteries and later were modified to be used in cameras, MP3 players, mobile phones, laptops and other tools. These batteries are available as nickel cadmium cells, nickel metal hydride cells, lithium ion cell and lithium ion polymer cells.
There are several benefits of using rechargeable batteries. To start with, they are cost effective. Since the batteries can be re-used, there is no need to buy new batteries. So it is a onetime investment and the cells can be used numerous times. The first time you buy these batteries, you will need to pay much more than you pay for the disposable batteries, however in the long run it would prove economical.
Due to the reusable quality it proves to be eco-friendly. The disposable waste reduces and the environment stays green. These batteries are extremely powerful and retain charge for a long time. In comparison to the disposable batteries, the rechargeable batteries have more life. If you compare the number of times you buy disposable batteries, you will see that the rechargeable ones serve more.
Many people find it quite convenient to recharge the battery while they are not using the gadget. For example, if you are going to sleep, you can recharge the mobile phone battery and when you wake up you find the phone fully charged. The same goes for batteries used in digital cameras. If you suddenly note that the camera is low on charge, all you need to do is charge it while you are getting ready to go out or you are taking a shower or applying makeup before you leave the house. On an average, a disposable battery has about one tenth life when compared to its rechargeable counterpart.
How to Recondition the Rechargeable Batteries:
Rechargeable batteries need to be reconditioned so that they can be used for a longer period of time. Here is how you can do it:
• Find a device that does not shut down by itself when idle. Use it to discharge the battery completely. It is mandatory to discharge the battery completely before reconditioning it.
• Then insert the cell in a device and let the device turn off on its own.
• Make sure that the device is not emitting electric sparks. If you see that the device is emitting sparks, immediately turn it off and try the same procedure with some other device.
• Once you have ensured that the device is safe to handle, remove the battery from the device and attach the device to an adapter that is plugged to an outlet.
• Let the device get fully recharged.
It is important to perform these steps on regular intervals. This helps to increase the life of the rechargeable batteries and retain charge for a longer period of time. Failure to recondition these batteries on a regular basis may affect its performance and the batteries may not function to their full potential. Rechargeable batteries serve several purposes, and hence they should be handles with care.