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post #11 of 27
No thanks, I'll stick with my Eneloops and charge them myself.

I wonder what the enviromental impact of continually shipping these batteries back and forward rather than just recharging them in the home is?

Because I bike to work I go through a lot of batteries in the winter; two AA's up front, two AAA's for the rear and 3 AAA's in my headlamp. I spend about an hour on my bike every day, so rechargeable batteries are a must; they get charged every week (I can't afford to let them run all the way down each time, lights get too dim). In the summer one charge lasts me about a month.
Edited by GingerJohn - 3/29/12 at 3:02pm
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I didn't know Duracell was better than Energizer!
That's ancient history.

This looks like a good idea. Would be nice to see the major players(Energizer, Duracell, etc) do something similar.

From the source:
Quote:
Can earthCell batteries be recharged at home?
Yes. If you buy the right LSD NiMH charger, earthCell batteries can be charged at home. We're of the opinion that most people don't want to manage their own battery stock. We've designed earthCell to give this majority of the market an environmentally friendly option
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post #13 of 27
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Can earthCell batteries be recharged at home?
Yes. If you buy the right LSD NiMH charger, earthCell batteries can be charged at home. We're of the opinion that most people don't want to manage their own battery stock. We've designed earthCell to give this majority of the market an environmentally friendly option

So, their business model is based on laziness / ignorance. This just might work in America.
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post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by Sparhawk View Post


This looks like a good idea. Would be nice to see the major players(Energizer, Duracell, etc) do something similar.
From the source:
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Can earthCell batteries be recharged at home?
Yes. If you buy the right LSD NiMH charger, earthCell batteries can be charged at home. We're of the opinion that most people don't want to manage their own battery stock. We've designed earthCell to give this majority of the market an environmentally friendly option


They do! I have a pair of Duracell and another of Varta LSD Ni-MH batteries. Also read the site I linked to in my previous post. Lots of other manufacturers make this type of batteries.

I don't think you quite understood that this is a busness model that caters to lazy people. Actually is this even targeted at lazy people ? You have to pack them and put them in the mail versus recharge them at home. And that FAQ you quoted is deceiving. They are trying to get people to return the batteries after one discharge cycle. It's what you take from the text in various passages. And then they deceive you by mentioning in the FAQ that the batteries can be recharged at home if you have the "right LSD NiMH charger".

There is no "right" LSD Ni-MH charger! You can charge them with regular Ni-MH chargers.
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Win. I thought Sanyo made those at first though because of the design. The battery reminds me of Sanyo's Eneloop batteries.

Sending them in to get recharged is a drawback though. I think Eneloops might be the winner here.
Edited by HybridCore - 3/29/12 at 3:44pm
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post #16 of 27
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So, their business model is based on laziness / ignorance. This just might work in America.

Exactly!
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Win. I thought Sanyo made those at first though because of the design. The battery reminds me of Sanyo's Eneloop batteries.
Sending them in to get recharged is a drawback though. I think Eneloops might be the winner here.

Read my posts above. These are EXACTLY the same type of batteries as Sanyo's Eneloops. You can recharge them at home. Read the FAQ, they say it themselves, although they try to deceive you, like I said in my previous post.
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If they would create a rechargeable version, I could see myself investing $100's in these once my current batch of rechargeables stop holding a charge.

*edit*
So they can be recharged. Sell me the charger with the batteries please smile.gif
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Exactly!

Although, in his defense, the net effect of this, if it takes off - is a more eco-friendly world. Rechargeable batteries have been around for quite some time, and the adoption rate is pretty low. There's little to no business in educating or re-educatiing early adopters of rechargeable batteries. I'm sure the profit margins are way higher for Energizer / Duracell / whoever for disposable batteries. Sure, this is a deceptive round-a-bout way of "solving" that problem, but again the end result - besides lining his own pockets - actually is a more eco-friendly battery situation.

And if people start realizing, hey I can re-charge these by myself, well that's bad for his business, but still better for the world.
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If they would create a rechargeable version, I could see myself investing $100's in these once my current batch of rechargeables stop holding a charge.
*edit*
So they can be recharged. Sell me the charger with the batteries please smile.gif

You don't need them to sell you their charger, you can use any Ni-MH charger and they can be had for as low as $10.
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Awesome, now my tv remote will last 3 years instead of 1!
... Not sure what else even uses batteries anymore. Great article non-the-less.

All of my console controllers do, as does my wireless keyboard, I use rechargeable batteries and charge and use about 8 AAs per month on the console controllers alone.
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post #20 of 27
Umm, LSD NiMH batteries have been around for years, and the idea of mailing them back for charging is really ironic if they're trying to say that it's better for the environment.
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When we receive the batteries, we can revitalize them with our specialized infrastructure hundreds of times

I bet they use the Maha MH-C9000 just like everyone else who's ever been to Candlepowerforums.

Just get one of those and a pack of Eneloops instead.
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