How to Recycle Chargers

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How to Recycle Chargers

Battery chargers provide users with several benefits, with the greatest benefit allowing users to travel and maintain power for portable electronics devices and accessories. Manufacturers produce battery chargers to plug into several types of outlets, including standard wall outlets and car lighters. According to Australian government statistics, most Australians throw away expired chargers, instead of recycling the devices. Recycling chargers reduces the amount of landfill materials and allows manufacturers to construct cheaper charger models. Consumers can find a wide variety of chargers on eBay to replace their expired devices. First, they should learn about the types of chargers and the methods available to recycle the electronics devices.

Types of Battery Chargers

Manufacturers construct battery chargers for two categories of electronics products. Personal chargers work onmobile phones, laptops, and digital cameras. The chargers provide users with an affordable way to repower their batteries. Fleet chargers typically operate in an environment that has multiple bays, such as in an office or conference room. After deciding which category of charger to choose, consumers then decide between the four primary types of chargers that include slow, rapid, fast, and ultra-fast chargers.

Type

Chemistry

Time to Charge (Hours)

Temperature (Celsius)

Description

Slow

NiCd

Lead acid

14 hours

0 to 45

Continuous low charge on fixed timer

Monitor to prevent overcharge

Remove battery when fully charged

Rapid

NiCd

NiMH

Li-ion

3 to 6 hours

10 to 45

Senses battery by current, voltage, temperature, and timer

Most commonly used for consumer products, such as laptops and mobile phones

Charger switches to "Ready" status when battery is fully charged

Fast

NiCd

NiMH

Li-ion

1 to 2 hours

10 to 45

Mostly used for medical, military, and communications applications

Maintenance charge maintains fully charged status during battery operation

Ultra-Fast

NiCd

NiMH

Li-ion

10 to 60 minutes

10 to 45

Quick charge that fills battery to 70 per cent capacity

Limited application for specialty batteries

Most charger users only need to repower their rechargeable batteries at a moderate rate to prevent unnecessary stress on the battery. One technique that provides both charging speed and battery protection involves fast or ultra-fast charges to nearly full capacity and then topping off the battery using a slow charge. Consumers should only use fast and ultra-fast charge batteries at moderate temperatures.

Recycling Chargers

Many charger manufacturers include a toll free number or explicit directions on their websites that describe how consumers can return expired chargers to the company for recycling. In Australia, the non-profit organisation SITA operates a national recycling programme for batteries and chargers. Either Australians call SITA's main number to order recycling containers or they take their chargers to collection boxes that SITA strategically locate throughout the country. In addition, Australians have three other ways to recycle their expired battery chargers.

Big Box Retailers

Large electronics retailer chains typically operate a recycling programme that provides Australians with a convenient way to recycle their chargers. The companies may partner with an Australian environmental agency or organise the recycling campaign using internal resources. Consumers take their chargers to an electronics chain's shop and drop the charger into a very large recycling box. Some large electronics shop chains offer incentives for recycling electronics, such as discounts or rebates on new and used items. Electronics chains promote their recycling programmes through electronic and print media.

Organise a Recycling Campaign

Statistics vary among Australian states, but the common denominator does not vary at all. A large majority of Australians do not recycle their electronics. The best way to dispose of chargers properly involves organising a recycling campaign within neighbourhoods or even just within families and friends. Australians organise recycling campaigns by sending out flyers to alert neighbours of the campaign's date and contacting local governments to publicise the campaign on their websites. When the collection day arrives, campaign organisers collect expired chargers and deliver the chargers to SITA or electronics shop collection boxes.

Government Programmes

The Australian government does not operate a formal recycling programme. However, the government provides useful information on how to recycle electronics products on the environmental agency pages of its website. Australians need to contact their state and municipal governments to learn about recycling programmes for electronics, such as chargers. Many local governments organise annual recycling drives that includes the establishment of drop boxes for the collection of expired chargers and other electronics. The local governments typically organise the recycling drives on the same date each year to breed familiarity with the eco-friendly practice of recycling electronics.

How to Buy Chargers on eBay

Recycling chargers enhances the environment, as well as provides manufacturers with a cheaper way to construct charger models. You have several options for recycling chargers, including accessing SITA and government organised recycling programmes. Australians can also take the initiative to organise their own charger recycling drives that include friends, family members, and neighbours. After you recycle an expired charger, you can easily purchase another charger by shopping on eBay for a new or used replacement. Simply type keywords into eBay's search engine to return a short list of seller candidates. The most important piece of information may be the enlarged charger photograph that allows you to detect any imperfections associated with the charger offered for sale.


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