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Should You Switch to Reusable Batteries?

Posted by Tom Bishop on
Should You Switch to Reusable Batteries?

We make no bones about the fact that we manufacture and distribute state-of-the-art USB rechargeable batteries. We make batteries so the world can have fewer batteries. We are the battery company who wants you to buy fewer batteries. We make them because we believe in reusable technology. We believe the time has come for consumers the world over to rethink how they use batteries. It is time to switch to reusable batteries.

You Have Plenty of Choices

We started Pale Blue Earth because, though we knew consumers had plenty of choices for batteries, we were not truly happy with any of them. We all know, for example, that alkaline batteries still constitute the largest share of the primary battery market.

Alkaline batteries were fine technology in their day. But they are built on an older technology; they are also problematic. Alkaline batteries are no longer the best choice for your average consumer and application because:

  • they are single use (disposable, wasteful)
  • they are costly
  • they are difficult to recycle
  • they are inconvenient if you don’t happen to have any fresh ones on hand

We get the fact that you can choose rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries instead of alkaline. They are a better choice in the sense that recharging them up to 500 times is better than throwing 500 alkaline batteries in a landfill, but their performance limitations and long charging times leave most consumers distrusting of them. In our humble opinion, NiMH batteries have outlived their technological usefulness. Today, it's all about lithium-ion.

USB Rechargeable Batteries

Our USB rechargeable batteries are lithium-ion batteries that can be charged 1,000 times or more. That means you get years of use from a single battery. With fast and convenient recharging anywhere you can get to a USB port, the incremental cost of charging up a Pale Blue Earth battery is far less than a penny, saving you a lot of money and time. We think that means something. We think 1000+ charges alone is enough motivation to make the switch.

Who Should Switch? 

Perhaps you are not yet convinced that lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are the right way to go. Fair enough. Let us discuss the types of people who would most benefit from making the switch. Let's start with individuals who travel a lot.

When you travel, you tend to take a lot of electronic devices with you. Some of those devices – like electric razors and toothbrushes – run on AA or AAA batteries. If you travel enough to keep a steady supply of alkaline batteries on hand, you are an ideal candidate for USB rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

Maybe you don’t travel a lot. Yet, you have kids whose lives revolve around their battery-operated toys. How many batteries do you purchase every year to keep those toys going? Do you find yourself thinking you wish the kids would play with something without batteries because you know the cost and impact of all the remote control cars burning through alkalines? You could buy far fewer by investing in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

Still not convinced? How many battery-operated remote controls are in your house? You have one for the TV and another for the DVD or Blu-ray player. Your electric door lock, toothbrush, and kitchen appliances all need to stay charged. All of those remotes can utilize lithium-ion batteries instead of alkaline or NiMH rechargeables.

Lithium-ion USB rechargeable batteries are ideal for: 

  • musicians
  • home contractors
  • technology consultants
  • security personnel
  • home health aides
  • delivery drivers

If you haven't figured it out yet, lithium ion batteries are ideal for anyone who uses other battery types. Indeed, that means everyone in general. There really is no good reason to keep pouring money into single use alkaline batteries that often will end up in a landfill.

Furthermore, you might just as well invest in lithium-ion batteries if you have already decided to go the reusable route. NiMH batteries were fine in their day, but they don't hold a candle to lithium-ion. NiMH don’t last nearly as long, and their performance degrades with each discharge.

The time for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries has come. Should you make the switch? Absolutely.

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