FREE Recycled Batteries for HAM's

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Hospitals use and discard LOTS of batteries!

For example, a mobile X-ray machine carries ten 12V-28AH sealed lead-acid batteries, each of which is about the size of a small automobile battery, and each battery consists of six non-replaceable 2-volt cells.   Over time and/or use, 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 30 years, Mercy Hospital in Manhattan, Kansas, has given me their "old"/"bad" batteries.   Those whose voltage remains "nominal" while supplying a current of an ampere or two (I use an automobile headlamp as a visual load) are listed below and are given (FREE of charge, of course) to amateur-radio/HAM operators 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 middle Kansas to southern Florida for use in their hurricane season!), while those which fail go to the recycling center.

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 NiCd, NiMH, 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" NiCd's (think potassium hydroxide instead of sulfuric acid), and once I was given two humongous-big/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 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 December, 2013, the following batteries are available

I was able to give most of "my" batteries away at the Salina Hamfest, so
                    very few remain (until the hospital calls me again)
How        Amp
---- ----- ----  ---------------------------------------------------------
  1   12    7+   2.5 x 3.6 x 6

  0   12    3.4  2.6 x 2.3 x 5.3

  0   12    2.9  1.3 x 3.9 x 5.1
                 Two glued-together 6-volt batteries in series

  0    8    2.7  1.4 x 2.4 x 5.3 IV-pump batteries rated for fairly-low
                 discharge rate & replaced on a time-in-use basis.
                 They last a LONG time when used in place of 9-volt
                 "transistor" batteries!

  0   12    2+   1.4 x 2.3 x 7
  1   12    2+   1.4 x 2.3 x 7 WITH FUSE

  4    6    6    1.8 x 3.3 x 4.4

  0    6    5    Three D-size cylindrical Gates cells in triangular pack

  0    6    4    1.8 x 2.8 x 4

I also have SOME "bad" shrink-wrapped NiMH and NiCd PACKS with 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.

I also currently have a 3 KVA UPS whose input is 220V but whose outputs
are all 110V; it, too, needs a good home.

If you have a use for one (or more) of the above, and if you'll promise to dispose of it (them) properly when it (they) finally expire, then contact me by email ( or phone (785-539-4448; Manhattan, KS).   First come, first served, and you must come to my place to get them.

Some miscellaneous hardware and/or connectors are also occasionally available.
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