Battery tester


I read this recently; a simple battery tester.   It says to test if a battery still has life in it  drop it onto a hard floor from a height of six inches.  If the battery bounces more than once it is empty or dead.  If it bounces once and rolls over, it is good.

I just had to test the test using a few batteries that have been lying around the house.  For some reason, people in my household keep batteries when they suspect they are dead.  For quality control purposes (I did work in a laboratory for 30 years you know) I also tested some brand new batteries right out of the package.

The verdict?   This battery tester seems to work well.  The batteries I suspected were dead bounced a few times so did not pass the test. They  are now in the electronic recycle bin. (batteries should not go into the garbage)  The new batteries bounced once and rolled over as the picture indicates.

I hope you are all now looking for batteries to test in your home!  Give it a try and let me know your results…


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Recycle your electronic waste, light bulbs, batteries and old paint tins for earth day


In honour of Earth Day today, I will be taking my electronic waste to an e-waste recycle location here in Kanata.  It is located at 1 Sweetnam Drive off of Hazeldean Rd, between Iber Rd and Stittsville, and accepts all of your old electronic stuff, appliances and scrap metal.  Working or not, these items are recycled instead of going into landfills.  Drop off is free and open 24 hours a day.  I have been meaning to do this for a long while; today I have no excuses…

I will also stop off at Lowe’s on Hazledean Rd in Kanata to drop off some old paint tins we have accumulated.  Apparently they have a recycling service that will take old paint, regular and rechargeable batteries, as well as fluorescent light bulbs.

You can participate in Earth Day too. Google a recycle location in your neighbourhood and get that pile of junk out of your garage or basement today.