One reason to learn to recondition old batteries is that it's simply very practical to do so.
It doesn't make much sense to throw away a battery that you could recondition and bring back into working order.
Another good reason to learn to recondition old batteries is that if you learn how to do it properly, you can always set up a small home business in which you recondition old batteries and then sell them.
One important reason to recondition old lead-acid batteries
It really is very good for the environment to recondition old lead-acid batteries, as they are made of hazardous chemicals, such as lead plates, which are extremely poisonous, and sulfuric acid, which is very corrosive. The acids, and even the metal in the plates, can get into the soil and cause a lot of problems for the environment.
Reconditioning a battery is a very cost effective way of bringing it back into use - thus preventing the necessity of buying a new battery. This considerably reduces our ecological footprint.
Reconditioning can be done in your garage, or even in an outhouse
While one does have to be careful when reconditioning batteries, as they contain corrosive sulfuric acid, a pair of long rubber gloves can easily protect you from any spills. So long as you have the right information and know what you're doing, you can recondition batteries right in your home.
Secondly, it is quite easy to get your hands on old batteries to experiment upon and learn how to recondition them.
You can ask at your local garages, and can probably buy the batteries at a relatively low price, or you can simply let it be known in your neighborhood that you are willing to take old batteries off people's hands for a small price. Yes, often enough, a homeowner will pay you to take away their old battery, as a battery contains hazardous chemicals that cannot be easily disposed off any other way. Most people do not even know that you can recondition the battery to get it working once again.
Not only is this a benefit to society, but it will also save you a great deal of money in the long run, as you will not have to keep replacing the batteries in your vehicles and other equipment.
This is especially true if you are into alternative energy, and have your own solar power installation.
In this case, being able to recondition batteries can save you thousands of dollars. The same applies if you're using an electric vehicle of any sort. Any extra batteries that you have, and which you are able to restore to working condition, can always be sold locally or online for at least half of the price of the original battery.
Do bear in mind that you must have sufficient ventilation where you are reconditioning a battery.
If the weather is good, I would advise doing it outdoors, on some concrete slab that will not allow acid to seep into the soil. If you are doing it indoors, I would recommend that you have a fan or a shaft that directs outdoors, as this would vent any hydrogen gas generated by the body, safely outdoors. Reconditioning batteries is a skill that will be in demand in the foreseeable future, because energy is something that our civilization is extremely dependent upon, and lead-acid batteries is one of the best ways of storing that energy.
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