Like most parents, batteries are the scourge of our house. I go through loads of them – toys, games, gadgets. I try to have a stock of AA’s at all times!
I was amazed to find out from Duracell that over 30% of all batteries thrown away may still have up to 67% of usable power left inside.
67%!! Thats crazy!
Apparently, some high-powered gadgets such as digital cameras and mp3 players may ‘switch off’ before all the power is used up – however, in reality the battery is anything but dead and can power low drain devices, such as alarm clocks or TV remotes for a long time
To combat this waste of batteries, Duracell is working with Energy Saving Trust to help consumers maximise battery power. They want to get people to tap into unused resource and reduce wastage by giving their batteries a second life. Their unique Duracell Ultra Power batteries even have a built-in powercheck that allows you to see how much energy is left inside (I LOVE those batteries!!)
To prove a point, Duracell sent me a fantastic box of very cool retro goodies in order to give them a ‘second life’ – that is, use batteries that I assumed were dead, to power up a Pac Man clock or Retro radio alarm clock. So I did – and they were right! I took some old batteries from a digital camera and put them in the clock radio and it worked…perfectly.
Duracell have kindly offered an iconic retro-box to one of Gadget Mum’s readers.
All you have to do is watch the YouTube video below, which shows how a very cute LED bunny can be built from ‘presumed dead’ batteries, and answer the question using the rafflecopter app. There’s also some bonus entry opportunities
The retro ‘second-life’ box includes:
- Retro Radio Alarm Clock
- Pac Man Wall Clock
- Arcade Game Money Box
- Tetris Mug
- Retro Sweets 🙂
- A Pack of Duracell Ultra Power