Recondition battery guideWhy would you do it? Why spend the extra time and money and effort to recondition your old batteries when you can just go out and easily pick up a new one? Why risk getting acid in your eyes while fiddling about with analysers and multimeters? Why go to all the extra hassle?? 

Well, for starters if you recondition batteries it can save many dollars, especially if you are in a home or a business which uses lots of batteries and you have to spend out a lot to keep replacing them-batteries aren’t cheap, as we all know! 


As well as cutting down your own costs, you can make quite a lucrative sideline-or even a full on business-out of reconditioning batteries. No one really wants to fork out the money for a new battery, so if you can recondition old ones and sell them on at half the price of a brand new one, the pennies will come rolling in! 

Reconditioning will also salve your conscience-throwing away old dead batteries, even if you take them to a recycling facility, is damaging to the environment. If you fix the old ones, as opposed to dumping them, you will be doing good work for the environment as well as your pocket. Have a gold star! 

It is fairly simple to recondition batteries yourself, although you will need some basic equipment to get started-and a bit of common sense and the ability to follow instructions wouldn’t go amiss. All aspects of reconditioning can be attempted in the home. It is essential to be aware of personal safety however, and it is recommended that you do it outside or in a garage, due to the dangerous nature of some battery chemicals. 

There are many different types of battery; from Lead Acid car batteries, to deep cycle batteries, everyday household staples such as mobile phone and camera batteries-all, one way or another can be reconditioned! 

Batteries need reconditioning for various different reasons. For most new rechargeable batteries, this is due to the “memory effect”, which is the memory of the charge and discharge cycle. If you recharge your batteries when they are not fully discharged, then the battery will “remember” this, by forming a growth of the crystals used to form it in the factory. You can reduce the memory effect by completely discharging your batteries before recharging, and by reconditioning, which does away with the memory effect altogether. 

Another reason for reduction in battery life is “sulphation”; this is usually found in lead batteries such as car and automobile batteries. This is caused by the build up of sulphate on the inside panels of the battery, and as batteries work on the contact of the electrolyte with the plates, sulphate build up will reduce the flow of electricity in the battery. Again, this can be solved with battery reconditioning in the form of “desulphation”, which can be remedied-as long as ALL the plates are not covered, in which case the battery is completely dead and cannot be reconditioned. 

Reconditioning batteries, whether you do it for environmental, financial, or shrewd business reasons, is worth taking the extra time and effort to achieve.