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s4xton
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:36 am    Post subject: Battery Recycling Reply with quote

I was talking to a co-worker about how quickly GPS receivers go through batteries.

He asked, "So, do you recycle them?"

I said, "No... that's a good idea, though. Where do I go to do that?"

He said, "I don't know..."

Does anyone have any suggestions? I figure this would be a good geocaching practice.

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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think most batteries are recycleable. A much better option IMO is to buy a couple sets of NiMH batteries and a good charger.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well in my house we have 3 gameboys, digital camera, walkmans and a gps we go through batteries like water. We went the rechargeable route. They work just like the others batteries do and they last 2 or3 years before you throw them. We bought ours at Sams club 8 batteries and charger for 20 bucks. Not the answer you wanted but maybe a route you might think about. Team-Deadhead
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies. This is contrary to what I heard about rechargables and GPSrs... I've heard that they don't work very well, and they quickly start only holding a charge of 2-3 hours. If you two have good experience with rechargables, I will explore that route. Any recommended brand? Does the brand matter much?
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

team-deadhead wrote:
They work just like the others batteries do and they last 2 or3 years before you throw them. We bought ours at Sams club 8 batteries and charger for 20 bucks.

I haven't found ANY rechargable to be anything in comparison to lithiums... Rechargables always seem to die in a couple hours where their standard counterparts go on at least 3x as long. Perhaps that was just because I haven't used any in several years?

Lithiums, while disposable, seem to last for me the longest, usually around 20 hours...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lithiums are awsome but oh so spendy!

I've been using Energizer NiMH rechargeables for the past year and they work great. I'll get several days of caching (admittedly with the unit plugged into the cigarette lighter when driving) on a charge. Buy two or three sets. One set can be on the charger, one in the unit, and one as a spare in your pack if you're worried about running low on juice.

As far as chargers go, Arrow Maha can't be beat. Their batteries (Powerex) are also highly rated but I haven't used them.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moe the Sleaze wrote:
Lithiums are awsome but oh so spendy!

Yeah, this is very true. I still have the SAME two-AA lithiums in my digital camera since Xmas. I use it WAY too much Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Energizer NiMH 2100mAh batteries along with the charger that came with a set. I get the same life out of a charge that I would with some alkaline batteries.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minnesota law requires manufacturers of rechargeable Ni-Cd batteries or products containing those batteries to take responsibility for the costs of collecting and managing waste batteries to ensure that they do not enter the waste stream. Consumers are responsible for returning spent batteries to the collection points, which include retail stores and Minnesota's household hazardous waste facilities
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Household batteries are now safe to put in your trash. Rechargable batteries, however, cannot go in the trash. For information about where to recycle rechargeable batteries, go to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation web site.

http://www.rbrc.org/
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rechargeable Battery Drop Offs
In Minnesota, it is illegal to dispose of rechargeable batteries in your trash. Thankfully, the manufacturers of rechargeable batteries have created a recycling network for recycling options. The toll free phone number to find the nearest rechargeable battery recycling location is 1-800-822-8837. You can access the web site for the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation here.

http://www.rbrc.org/
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that the subject has been mentioned:

For months I've been kicking around a cache for battery recycling. It doesn't matter where, but at the parking lot of a Roseville park, I saw some AA's on the ground. It doesn't mean they came from a geocacher (I hope not), but that made me think about it.

AA batteries are cheap, sometimes free, at Menard's if you watch the ads. I have dozens that have cost very little. For it to be effective, I'd think that I'd have to allow multiple finds, which I don't mind.

If it's true that batteries can be tossed now, then it's probably not worth it.

Any ideas ??
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

City of Hopkins:

A depleted battery that is ready to be discarded may still contain a residual charge. Certain precautions must be taken to prevent batteries from short-circuiting.

Please package batteries using the following guidelines:

Place each battery into an individual plastic bag. This will prevent contact between terminals or other metal surfaces during storage and transport; OR
Place non-conductive electrical tape over the battery terminals
Battery Drop Off Locations

City Hall
1010 1st St S
Public Works Building
11100 Excelsior Blvd
Hopkins Activity Center
33 14th Ave N
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I assume you like placing caches.... if you put a "Used GPS Food" cache near that location, I'd save my batteries and visit that cache now and then... just make sure it's not a metal tin. =)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

s4xton wrote:
just make sure it's not a metal tin. =)

Or a leaky one Smile

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