FREE Recycled Batteries

A few months ago, Via Christi hospital gave me over a TON (literally!) of 12-volt 7-AH lead-acid batteries (forty-eight series-connected "8-packs"), but they are all gone now.   FWIW, about half went to HAMs and the other half were (sadly) recycled at "Howies", our local recycling place.

For the other batteries, skip the verbiage and go straight to the "what's available" list!

Hospitals use and discard LOTS of batteries!

For example, a mobile X-ray machine uses ten 12V-17AH sealed lead-acid batteries, each of which is about the size of a motorcycle battery and each of which consists of six non-replaceable 2-volt cells.   Over time and/or use, some cells lose their ability to hold a charge, and after enough cells have deteriorated such that the total voltage won't operate the X-ray machine, the hospital replaces the ENTIRE BANK!   Furthermore, to try to ensure they will never fail in use, batteries which power IV pumps and UPS's (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) are replaced on a time-in-use basis even if they haven't yet failed.

Since the mid-80's, Via Christi Hospital (or whatever it is called this year:-) in Manhattan, KS, has given me their cast-off batteries.   Those which fail to remain above "nominal" voltage while supplying a current more than the C20 rate (the battery's rated ampere-hours divided by twenty) go to our local recycling center, while those which pass are listed below and are given (FREE of charge, of course) to users all over the nation (I once sent, via a HAM who was going that way, ten 12V-28AH batteries all the way from here in mid-Kansas to southern Florida for use during their hurricane season!)

Over the years, I've received all sorts of batteries, from monster 110-pound 12V-100AH batteries to 50-pound 120V-4AH batteries to ounce-size cells.   Most batteries are LEAD-ACID, but shrink-wrapped packs generally contain Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, or Li-ion cells, and some are so well encased that I don't know what they are!   Last month I received over a hundred "1/2 AA" which I'd never even heard of before, and 15 of them were still above 3.1 volts!   Once, long ago, I received some "wet" Ni-Cd's (think potassium hydroxide instead of sulfuric acid), and once I was given two humongous-big-and-heavy 5 KVA UPS's (the entire Uninterruptible Power Supply INcluding the batteries); these went to Kansas City and Nebraska for emergency HAM repeater power!

Recently, the Hospital gave me some Valence Lithium-iron-magnesium-phosphate (LiFeMnPO4) 12V 40AH batteries.   This is a new chemistry and I'm not sure how to test them properly, but some may still be available on special request.

Many of these batteries last for YEARS beyond their replacement date (in 2007, for example, I finally recycled a 12V-17AH battery which had been used to provide emergency communication for the 1996 International Horse Race), and some may die tomorrow!   But since they are FREE, you get what you pay for!

REMEMBER: There are NO guarantees on these batteries, so if you take one, you probably ought to take another one or two because the first might fail!   And if you do take some, your ONLY requirement is to promise to recycle it/them properly when it/they finally do "die".

As of January 20, 2018, the following batteries are available

NOTE:  http://www.batteryspace.com (see list on left side) has LOTS of pictures, details, and (new) prices for LOTS of batteries!
Three HAMs from Kansas City drove all the way out to Manhattan just to get
batteries -- and they took most of my "inventory".  The counts ABOVE the
"cut here" line are accurate, but the counts BELOW it are pretty old.

          AMP-  APPROXIMATE SIZES
 ## VOLTS HRS  (INCHES; see note below)        COMMENTS
 -- ----- ---- WIDE---DEEP---TALL-  -------------------------------------------
  0  24    6   7 1/8  2 3/4  4 1/2  Two glued-together 12V in series

  0  12   28   6 1/2  7      5      About the size of a motorcycle battery

  0  12   20   7      3      6 1/2  Tabs-with-holes terminals

  0  12   16   7      3      6 1/2  Bolt-screw-in terminals

  0  12   7.2  2 1/2  6 7/8  3 7/8  Height includes terminals

 10   6   4.5  2 3/4  1 7/8  4 1/4

  4   8   3.8 (New, but not yet measured)

  0   8   3.2  1 1/2  5 1/4  2 5/8  IV-pump batteries; while bigger than a
                                   "transistor" battery, they should power
                                    a transistor radio a LONG time!-)

---------- cut here ---------- cut here ---------- cut here ----------

  1  12   3?   2      5 7/8  3 3/4  Unusual rating

  2  12   3    5 1/4  1 3/8  3 7/8  Height includes terminals

  1  12   3    3 5/8  5 1/4  2 1/2  Height includes terminals

  0  12   2.3  1      2 3/8  7 1/8  Look like laptop batteries; a little
                                    difficult to attach wires to them

  0  12   2.2  7      1 3/8  2 1/2  One has fuse & leads, one has leads

  3   6   6    3 3/8  2      4 1/2

  2   6   6    3 3/8  1 7/8  4 1/2  Height includes terminals

  1   6   5.5  3 3/8  2      4 1/2

  0   6   5    3 1/2  3 1/2  3      Three D-size cylindrical Gates cells in a
                                    shrink-wrapped triangular-shaped pack

  1   8   3.8  3 3/8  2      3 7/8

  3   6   3.5  5 1/4  1 3/8  2 1/2  Height includes terminals

I usually also have "bad" shrink-wrapped Ni-MH and Ni-Cd PACKS in several cell
sizes ("A", "Sub-C", "half-AA", etc.), but you could make good packs from them
by disassembling and rebuilding them into whatever size & rating you need.

I also usually have some "D", "C", "AA", and "half AA" cells which read 1.4V+
under a light load and a few "transistor" (9V) batteries which read 8V+ under
a light load, but you should NOT even THINK about using the latter in fire/smoke
alarms because they ARE *USED* batteries and MAY FAIL earlier than expected!

NOTES:  "AMP-HRS" are taken from battery labels, but these are USED batteries,
         so their actual AMPERE-HOUR capacities are probably somewhat lower!

        "APPROXIMATE_SIZES" measurements were made with the terminals
         facing up and close to me; WIDE is across the side close to me.

If you are curious, you can see my battery-charging/testing work-shop area
here.

If you have a use for one or more of the above items, and if you'll promise to recycle battery(ies) properly when it(they) finally "expire", then contact me by email (W0PBV@ARRL.net) or phone (785-539-4448; Manhattan, KS). It's "First come, first served", and "come" is the operative word! Some miscellaneous WIRES and CONNECTORS are also usually available.
Five boxes preserve our freedoms: soap, ballot, witness, jury, and cartridge. PhD EE - Barbershop Tenor - Amateur Radio Operator (W0PBV) NRA "Lifer" & Rifle & Pistol Instructor

This page was last modified on Sunday, 21 January, 2018.