Battery reconditioning instead of replacement: an eco friendly solution?

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I have a battery operated gate in my driveway. It runs off a deep cycle marine battery that is charged with a solar panel. A couple of years ago, the battery stopped working, the gate wouldn’t open, and I had to buy a replacement for it. Let me tell you that marine batteries are not cheap!

Having gone through that experience, this site about how to recondition batteries yourself caught my eye.

I purchased the report, which goes into great detail about the differences between types of batteries (like lithium ion, lead acid, etc.), and then tells you the best way to recondition each type of battery. It also comes with an extra report that tells you how to start your own business reconditioning other people’s batteries to make extra money, which I thought was a pretty cool concept. I don’t enjoy fixing things enough to do it all the time, but someone who is handy might do pretty well with something like that.

You’re going to get the most out of this report if you want to recondition large, lead acid batteries that seem like they are done for. Batteries like my gate battery, or a car battery, golf cart battery, or even forklift batteries.

You will require some special equipment, like a multimeter that will help you see the details about your battery before you try to do anything with it. None of the equipment is very expensive, especially if you compare to the cost of a new battery. You wouldn’t have to recondition very many batteries to get your money back. The report goes into detail about which equipment they recommend, and even has some links to sources for getting the equipment online. Although you can easily find it all at someplace like RadioShack.

The report also describes a cool battery tool that you can hook up to your computer with USB and see all the details about your battery, which helps you do the calculations a lot easier when you’re reconditioning.

So should you buy it?

If you are interested in starting a business reconditioning a lot of batteries, then the report is worth the money. Or if you have larger, expensive batteries like marine batteries or car batteries that you need to recondition, then it’s also worth it.

For small NiMH batteries or for rechargeable AA batteries and things like that, I don’t think you’ll necessarily get your money’s worth. The report does feature a money back guarantee though, so you could always buy it and see for yourself if you’re on the fence.

One again, here’s the link to the battery reconditioning site.