Step By Step Guide to Recondition Batteries
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It’s fairly common knowledge that batteries have to be replaced eventually. They lose their charge, they become less efficient and in some instances, the case can even bulge and cause major damage to the device or machine that they’re in. However, this is actually only the case for disposable and low-quality batteries. In most cases, it’s actually possible to recondition batteries so that they become one hundred percent functional once again.
It’s a technique called reconditioning and it’s done with a number of different tricks and tips, and we’re going to spill all the beans for you in this article so that you too can learn how to recondition your batteries and get them fully functional again.
Why Should You Recondition Batteries?
First, let’s start with the why; why should we recondition batteries?
battery reconditioning at home
As you may know, batteries can be very expensive to replace.
Be it laptop batteries, car batteries or even non-replaceable batteries that are inside modern phones nowadays, they are incredibly expensive to repair and might not even go down in price as the device ages.
In some cases, old devices won’t even have replacement batteries available because they’re no longer in stock.
Reconditioning batteries allows you to preserve the function of your batteries and even refresh them so that they work the same as they used to, providing you ample charge and saving you a lot of money. It’s also better for the environment because batteries themselves are very hard to recycle and they usually end up in trash bins, leaking chemicals to the environment and causing a huge impact to the well-being of the planet.
Lastly, reconditioning is just convenient. Imagine never having to buy a battery again for a major device because you can personally just recondition it. You’ll save money, you’ll save time and it’s surely going to save you a lot of hassle in the future. There are virtually no disadvantages of reconditioning your batteries outside of putting in a bit of effort, and in this article, you’re going to find that it’s relatively easy to do so.
Are There Any Dangers When Reconditioning Batteries?
Batteries can be very dangerous if handled incorrectly, especially if you don’t have the right safety equipment on. It’s vital that you wear glasses and gloves to ensure that the battery acid doesn’t leak out and burn your skin or anything else that it comes in contact with. Batteries can also explode under certain conditions, especially if they are mishandled and treated poorly.
If you start reconditioning a battery but realize that it’s cracked, leaking or damaged, it’s vital that you dispose of the battery as soon as possible. At that point, it’s an unsafe battery and you’re better off disposing it because you can no longer fix it in that state.
Finally, don’t recondition a battery more than three or four times. Reconditioning a battery can be a great way to prolong its life, but as time goes on it will eventually get worn out and you’ll experience diminishing returns each time you recondition it. A reconditioned battery will last several years if you keep working on it, but it will eventually get worse and reconditioning will end up harming the battery more than helping it.
Types Of Batteries That Can Be Reconditioned
These batteries are rechargeable and becoming more popular, yet they are more expensive than the traditional battery types. There are several ways to recondition a lithium-ion battery, including fully discharging it and placing it on the charger or placing the discharged battery in the freezer for 24 hours and then recharging it.
NiCad Rechargeable Batteries
Nickel-based batteries suffer from performance issues, primarily when recharged before they are completely dead. To restore the performance, reconditioning is needed, which requires putting high voltage on the battery terminals.
NiMH Rechargeable Batteries
The Nickel Metal Hydride is another rechargeable battery that is better than the NiCad. To recondition a NiMH rechargeable battery, you need to run deep charge cycles to regain the performance.
Lead Acid Car Batteries
These wet cell batteries don’t require a lot of effort to recondition. You can top off all of the cells with distilled water. Then, it helps to apply a slow charge to the battery.
AGM and Gel Type Batteries
These batteries are safer than the lead-acid variety because nothing spills out if the casing cracks. The best way to recondition the gel battery is to completely discharge it and then recharge it slowly.
How To Recondition A Car Battery
If you want to recondition your car battery, the steps aren’t difficult.
Because the battery is large and the tools are easy to acquire, you don’t need a lot of time to complete the battery reconditioning.
In fact, this simple task makes it easy to prolong the battery life, so you won’t need to replace it as often.