Remove Batteries From Disposable Cameras

Did you know there is an AA size battery, and sometimes a AAA battery, inside disposable cameras that is used to power the camera flash?

When you take these cameras in to be developed just let the clerk know that you would like to have the battery inside back. Almost every one of us have some sort of electronics that we could use the rest of the life of that battery for and be saving some money by doing it.


And, whether or not you use disposable cameras, it certainly wouldn't hurt to ask the person doing the film developing if they have any batteries from other people's cameras or if they would mind starting to take them out and save them for you. Hey, it doesn't even have to be your favorite film developing store. Just visit a few and ask if they are willing to keep them for you and just be sure to pick them up every week or two.

It never hurts, nor does it cost anything to ask.

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September 30, 20090 found this helpful

It really makes a lot of good sense! Those disposable cameras sure don't use those batteries all up, they must have plenty of good use for them, and they sure don't need to be thrown away, so how many of them have been thrown away for all of those years I now wonder?

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October 6, 20090 found this helpful

What a clever, money saving idea. I don't think I would ever have thought of this.

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October 15, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you to those who posted here and voted for me! Very much appreciated!

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March 3, 20140 found this helpful

It's true! We used to know someone that worked for a company that develops the film from these cameras. She used to bring 20 or 30 AA and AAA batteries home from work every week - til we had so many batteries we thought we'd never use them all up in a lifetime!


We thought they would expire before we could use them. Now I wish I would have told her to get as many as she could because it seems like everything needs a battery or two these days! And those little batteries were only used to take 27 photos or so, meaning they were still like new.

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