FREE Recycled 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.

For over 25 years, Mercy Hospital 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!   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 repeater power!

Many of these batteries last for YEARS beyond their replacement date (in 2007, for example, I finally recycled a 12V-17AH battery which HAMs had 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!

As of July, 2014, the following batteries are available

HOW        AMP-  APPROXIMATE SIZES
MANY VOLTS  HRS  (INCHES; see note)           OTHER COMMENTS
---- ----- ---- -WIDE--DEEP--TALL----------------------------------------------
 21   12    5    3.5   2.75  4.25 Click to see size and rating

  3   12    3.4  2.75  5.25  2.5  Click to see size and rating

  2   12    3    2.5   5.9   3.9  Click to see size and rating

  1   12    2+   1.4   7     3    WITH FUSE
  1   12    2+   1.4   7     3    Same as above, but no fuse.

  5    8    2.7  1.4   5.25  2.75 IV-pump batteries replaced on a time-in-use
                         basis.  They are much bigger than a nominally-9-volt
                         "transistor" battery, but they last a LONG time!-)

 28    6    4.5  1.9   2.75  4.2 Click to see size and rating

  1    6    2    Three D-size cylindrical Gates cells in triangular
                 pack, about 3.5" each side and about 3" high

  4   12   28    6.5   5     7   Click to see size   Click to see rating

NONE of the following are currently available
  0   12   17    7.2   3     6.5
  0   12    8-9  2.5   3.6   6
  0   12    2.9  1.3   3.9   5.1 Two glued-together 6V in series
  0    6    6    1.8   3.3   4.4

NOTES:  AMP-HRS are taken from battery's labels, but these are USED batteries,
        so their actual AMPERE-HOUR capacity's are undoubtedly a little lower!

        APPROXIMATE_SIZES measurements were made with the terminals facing
        up and close to me (except for batteries which have terminals on
        diagonal corners!); WIDE is across the side facing me.

I also have lots of "bad" shrink-wrapped Ni-MH and Ni-Cd PACKS in several
cell sizes ("A", "Sub-C", etc.), but you can make good packs from them by
disassembling and rebuilding them into whatever size & rating you need.
OTHER BATTERY-ORIENTED PICTURES:

OVERcharged batteries (a 20-battery UPS failed!):   #1   #2   #3   #4

My battery-charging work-shop:   Work area     Load Tester
If you have a use for one or more of the above, and if you'll promise to dispose of it or them properly when it or 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 you must come to my place to get them.

Some miscellaneous wires and connectors are also usually available.
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This page was last modified on Wednesday, 15 October, 2014.