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Old 03-15-2011, 04:34 PM
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I have saved all the AA and AAA batteries I've used for a few years. have around 50 AA and 20 AAA's. Is there anywhere I can get these recharged or another use for them?

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If you've been using the batteries in a high powered device like a digital camera you can take the batteries and use them in something like a wall clock or small radio that uses less power. Even when a battery appears to be out of juice there might be a little left.

Not my idea: Also, you can perhaps use them as a projectile in a blow gun type of device? lol Make sure they aren't corroded first. (I read that amusingly haphazard suggestion on another site.)

Someone else had suggested bricking together 9v batteries to get some sort of charge. I have no idea if that's plausible or not.

Pretty sad that there aren't many other uses. It's too dangerous to fiddle with the inside contents?
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Too bad Veterans Stadium in Philly is gone the fans in section 700 there would have put them to use.
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Years ago I'd line 'em up on the fence out back and plink 'em off one at a time with my .22..............
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Put 'em inside a tube sock and have yourself a spiffy new weapon?

(D cells are best for that, but I suppose AA or AAA would work pretty well, too.)
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If they are alkaline you can re-charge them in some chargers. They will re-charge 2 or 3 times. I do it all the time.
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At the University of Wisconsin, the students use old batteries to whip at opposing football players as they come out of the tunnel onto the field.

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Rifle target practice.
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Set of a flash bulb. Very effective night time warning/defense system. At night your eyes produce a chemical known as visual purple which helps with night vision. Takes about 30-45 min to get fully loaded. A flash bulb going off in the area results in temporary blindness for 5 or so min and very reduced vision for a period after (the light destroys the visual purple).

To use: take a cloths pin and push a thumb tack on each side of the part that closes. Wire one side of the battery to one of the thumb tacks. Hook/tape/tie the cloths pin to a tree or similar stationary object. Put a non-conducting piece of something (plastic, twig, or similar) between the thumb tacks with a trip wire tied to it. Run a wire from the other thumb tack to one side of the flash bulb. Run another wire from the other side of the flash bulb to the other post of the battery. Anything that pull the trip will allow the circuit to close setting of the flash bulb. Put out a number around your perimeter at night. In a post SHTF world there will be very little light at night so a flash bulb will be a very clear signal that something is in the neighborhood.
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Set of a flash bulb. Very effective night time warning/defense system. At night your eyes produce a chemical known as visual purple which helps with night vision. Takes about 30-45 min to get fully loaded. A flash bulb going off in the area results in temporary blindness for 5 or so min and very reduced vision for a period after (the light destroys the visual purple).

To use: take a cloths pin and push a thumb tack on each side of the part that closes. Wire one side of the battery to one of the thumb tacks. Hook/tape/tie the cloths pin to a tree or similar stationary object. Put a non-conducting piece of something (plastic, twig, or similar) between the thumb tacks with a trip wire tied to it. Run a wire from the other thumb tack to one side of the flash bulb. Run another wire from the other side of the flash bulb to the other post of the battery. Anything that pull the trip will allow the circuit to close setting of the flash bulb. Put out a number around your perimeter at night. In a post SHTF world there will be very little light at night so a flash bulb will be a very clear signal that something is in the neighborhood.
cool! these work with old batteries,too?
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Place them in manure and they will give power. I have seen an Indian (from India) do it. Real Manure, rather fresh.
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you can put that many in a bucket with two or three gallons of water let them soak for a few weeks to a month and then pour the water somewhere you want to kill all plant growth for several years.
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I have saved all the AA and AAA batteries I've used for a few years. have around 50 AA and 20 AAA's. Is there anywhere I can get these recharged or another use for them?

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Recharge them. They sell a charger for store bought every day batteries that is safe to use and recharges any of your little batteries. I bought one and I keep every battery I use and recharge them up over and over again and they still keep working. You can find them at wallyworld (walmart), ACE, Home Depot, and a few other place not to mention online. Cost $20 bucks.

That way you are not wasting money.

Also for car batteries, look up Rejuvenator Tractorbyte, this should bring you to the site where some farmers found a great way to rejuvenate auto/tractor/solar batteries with a simple $10 dollar home made unit. I built one and it rejuvenated (desulfated) 3 of my car batteries. Saves money too.

Thought I would share.
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Set of a flash bulb. Very effective night time warning/defense system. At night your eyes produce a chemical known as visual purple which helps with night vision. Takes about 30-45 min to get fully loaded. A flash bulb going off in the area results in temporary blindness for 5 or so min and very reduced vision for a period after (the light destroys the visual purple).

To use: take a cloths pin and push a thumb tack on each side of the part that closes. Wire one side of the battery to one of the thumb tacks. Hook/tape/tie the cloths pin to a tree or similar stationary object. Put a non-conducting piece of something (plastic, twig, or similar) between the thumb tacks with a trip wire tied to it. Run a wire from the other thumb tack to one side of the flash bulb. Run another wire from the other side of the flash bulb to the other post of the battery. Anything that pull the trip will allow the circuit to close setting of the flash bulb. Put out a number around your perimeter at night. In a post SHTF world there will be very little light at night so a flash bulb will be a very clear signal that something is in the neighborhood.
I can't figure it out. Is the flash bulb like a camera flash? AA battery?

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I only use rechargeables. I don't have any suggestions about what to do with old ones. When mine won't take a charge anymore, I just throw them away.
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I can't figure it out. Is the flash bulb like a camera flash? AA battery?

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Or get those flashcubes. They don't need electricity. They have a spring inside that when you push it off it's post, it smacks the base of the bulb and sets it off. Makes for some simple mechanical alarms.
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I can't figure it out. Is the flash bulb like a camera flash? AA battery?

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The flash is from an old flash bulb. I like the AG1 size since it has two wire contacts at the bottom which make it easy to connect the wires. Like MikeK said the flashcube can accomplish the same task with out a battery.
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cool! these work with old batteries,too?
It should, doesn't take much juice to set one off. I would get a meter and check the level of the battery and run a test or two. Most likely this will happen in the process of learning how to set them up.
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If you've been using the batteries in a high powered device like a digital camera you can take the batteries and use them in something like a wall clock or small radio that uses less power. Even when a battery appears to be out of juice there might be a little left.

Not my idea: Also, you can perhaps use them as a projectile in a blow gun type of device? lol Make sure they aren't corroded first. (I read that amusingly haphazard suggestion on another site.)

Someone else had suggested bricking together 9v batteries to get some sort of charge. I have no idea if that's plausible or not.

Pretty sad that there aren't many other uses. It's too dangerous to fiddle with the inside contents?

You could parallel a bunch of these together to get some low voltage DC. It would serve to power a light in an emergency. Problem is that you would need to solder them together. Maybe you could do that with an iron heated in charcoal. Back when I took sheet metal shop in high school we would heat irons over a gas flame and use them to solder bucket seams. (Lead? What lead?)
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