Battery recycling, apart from helping you save money, helps conserve soil and water pollution. We purchase billions of batteries every year to power toys, flashlights, smoke detectors, uninterrupted power supply units, remote controls, portable power tools, and many other gadgets that depend on a convenient and portable source of power. Most of these devices depend on alkaline, carbon-zinc, and- for cameras or tiny portable gadgets- lithium ion batteries are used to provide power. The energy density of these batteries is typically twice that of its nickel cadmium counterparts. Apart from this, the self-discharge of the lithium battery is 50% less.
Lifespan of the battery
The battery’s lifespan depends on the way the user charges it. Most people believe that they should leave the charger in the `on’ state even after the battery is 100% charged. This process, known as trickle charging, reduces the battery’s lifespan. To obtain maximum lifespan, charge batteries between 50% and 80%, and then recharge them once the power goes down to 10%. They should also drain their battery completely, once a month, before charging it, to increase its lifespan. However, no matter what you do, a typical battery will die in a few years.
Time to replace your power unit
You should never dump dead batteries in the trash. They contain heavy metals such as nickel and cobalt in their cathode. Nickel is a nasty toxic metal and a known carcinogen. The health impacts of cobalt include neurological, respiratory, and pulmonary effects. Apart from this, dumping batteries poses risks to the environment when the metals they contain leak into the soil in landfills. Metal recycling companies in Houston take old batteries from individuals and companies, and recycle them. They melt the metals and safely supply them to manufacturers in order to make new batteries. They will even pay cash in exchange for your dead batteries. Contact us today to learn about battery recycling guidelines in your local area.