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There are two types of batteries available on the market today: Disposable and
batteries are non-rechargeable and made to be used once then discarded. These
batteries work best in low voltage apparatuses. Disposable batteries come in
alkaline, zinc-carbon, zinc-air, cylindrical lithium manganese dioxide (CR)
and button cell form batteries.
Rechargeable (storage) Batteries
Rechargeable batteries must be charged before use and recharged when the
electrical current has been discharged. Batteries come in wet- and dry-cell.
Types of wet-cell include lead-acid, gel cell and absorbed glass mat
batteries. Types of dry-cell include lead-acid, nickel-cadmium, nickel metal
hydride, lithium-ion or polymer batteries. Nickel metal hydride and
lithium-ion batteries are used in hybrid vehicles.
Battery Sizes and Uses
Button cell and CR – watches, keyfobs, pagers, pocket calculators, cameras and
2-v, 3.6-v, 3.7-v and 4-volt – household appliances, cordless telephone,
Nintendo consoles, mobile phones, toys, emergency power supplies,
telecommunication equipment and garden tools.
4.5-v, 6-v and 12-volt – remote-control airplanes, alarm equipment, electric
fences and newer transistorized equipment.
6-v and 9-volt – keyfob, remote control, cigarette lighters, smoke detectors
and photographic equipment.
12-volt with a capacities range of 2ah to 73ah – golf trolleys & caddies,
wheelchairs, electric bikes, scooters, lifts, elevators, forklifts,
lawnmowers, jet skis and motorcycles.
12-volt with a capacities range of 85ah to 230ah – automobiles, sailing yachts
and boats, motor-homes and caravans.
AA – torches, toys, electronic games, TV remote controls, mini portable
radios, MD and CD players.
AAA – TV remote controls, penlights, children's toys, hand-held GPS devices
and bike lights.
C – torches, toys, radios, clocks and remote controls.
Single Cell (SC sub C) – laptop, notebooks, digital cameras, camcorder, PDAs,
CD, MD, MP3 players, shavers, electric toothbrushes, games and cordless power
D – flashlights, radios and electronic games.
F – electrical bicycles, scooters, medical devices, transportation vehicles,
communication equipment and power tools
batteries come ready to use and do not require charging prior to use.
Rechargeable alkaline batteries will give you the same voltage as a standard
alkaline battery. Most rechargeable and disposable batteries are recycled to
prevent harm to the environment.
batteries have a short shelf-life and the wet-cell form is corrosive.
Rechargeable batteries are expensive, require a charger and cannot be
discarded in the rubbish due to harmful metals. Roughly 3% of the 30,000
tonnes of batteries are discarded instead of recycled annually.
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