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Permanently Mark Used Batteries

With the price of batteries and the holidays around the corner, we all could use a tip to save money and batteries. All battery operated items do not use the same amount of power. At times, I would start to install new batteries to discover I have mixed old batteries with the new. I would try to get the new batteries in the item, then discard the old batteries. To solve this problem: Before removing the old batteries, I would us a bright permanent marker to put an identifying mark to know that the batteries were on the second round. I would use the batteries in an item that used less power. In most cases, I have discovered you can go at least two rounds with one set of batteries. I hope this can be as helpful for someone else.


By Diane from Myrtle Beach, SC

Editor's Note: Make sure you recycle old batteries rather than throw them away. Check with your local waste management company. Some stores have battery and lightbulb recycling.

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October 23, 20080 found this helpful

How do you know which items use less power? I assume they all use the same.

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September 25, 20160 found this helpful

Most alkaline batteries can be recharged several times, extending their useful life cosiderably! You need to invest in an alkaline charger, or try using your NiCd or NiMH charger.

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