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The Ever, Never Changing World Of Rechargeable Batteries

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Rechargeable batteries have come a long way from the early days.

Well, maybe.

Sometimes, I wish the manufacturers had waited before introducing them. Without giving away my actual age, as a kid I can remember the first set of “rechargeables” that made it’s way to our home. They were made by General Electric and consisted of a rudimentary “cook your battery” battery charger and a set of Ni-Cad cells.

My parents – in good faith – tried them, and because of lousy performance, eventually gave up. The promise of “never buy batteries again” was soon laughable and this impression was compounded upon a huge base of consumers. This soon gave way to the tremendous growth of our throw-away battery mentality that persists to this day. And despite the efforts of the green people and blogs like this, we still fight the “do these things really work?” mentality when it comes to rechargeable batteries.

Yet, the fault lies clearly with manufacturers and marketers of batteries - both in the disposable, throw-away market and with those who produce rechargeable technology. While there are as many brands of batteries as there are breakfast cereals, very few companies take the time to educate the public on the effective use of rechargeables.

Why? Two reasons, actually three.

First, if you are a large battery company that sells billions of disposable batteries, why would you spend time and money teaching people to stop using them? It makes no economical sense. People buy stock in these public companies and the shareholders want profit, not prophets. Let’s face it, it takes a bit of “missionary” work to bring people around to a rechargeable mentality – and those who spend the time and resources are often labeled as “fringe” or affectionately – tree-huggers.

Personally, I’m not your typical “green” person. For me to make a switch to green technology, it has to make sense financially too. So, in all honesty, when I see a family, business, church, or school going through batteries like a kid in a candy store, I take it as a personal challenge to convert them over to rechargeables. I know that by switching to rechargeable technology they can save hundreds to thousands of dollars year after year.

And that leads me to the second reason why most battery companies do not take the time to educate: Their rechargeable technology isn’t where it should be. If a company was selling a rechargeable battery that could only be used 50 times, as a consumer, I’d have to consider the ROI (return on investment.) Is it worth it to switch? Why spend extra money upfront when I can buy a boatload of disposable batteries and achieve the same effect?

For a company or business to make a switch to rechargeables, we have to offer quality rechargeable battery chargers and quality rechargeable batteries. Ansmann batteries and chargers – while they cost a little bit more – make it worth the effort in the long run by providing high recycles and performance – in many – cases up to 1000 recharges. (see my previous blog – on refreshing battery chargers here) The majority of battery companies only offer cheap, minimum quality chargers and batteries that boasts of high-capacity but deliver much less over few recycles. So, as consumers continue to buy low quality chargers and batteries, they wind up perpetuating the “do these batteries really work?” mentality all over again — which then drives them back to disposables.

Finally, here’s the last reason why battery companies spend little time educating on rechargeable technology — and it’s really more of an excuse than a reason. Does the marketplace really want rechargeable technology? If you take a look at the products offered by the large battery companies, you’ll find very little in the way of high-tech battery chargers. They are typically low cost, and rudimentary in nature. The rationale is along this line of thought: “Let’s provide those consumers who want to try rechargeables just enough – at as little cost to them. Let them then determine if it’s worth the energy to stay with rechargeables.”

If I was not an informed consumer, and marched into the Radio Shack or Wal-mart, bought a cheap $10 charger and a $7 pack of rechargeables, I would soon forget about using them. It would not be worth the hassle. Or maybe I would fail to see how I could convert my whole household to rechargeables — and just use it for my Wii controllers. There is a rechargeable solution for just about every application but it just takes a little planning to do it right.

So, as the title of this article states: “The Ever, Never Changing World of Rechargeable Batteries” — has much changed?

Perhaps you’re reading this article and have yet to switch to rechargeables. Or you’ve tried them in the past and gave up. I encourage you to get my Free Report – “3 Things You Absolutely Need to Know About Rechargeable Batteries” by clicking here.

Or maybe I’m preaching to the choir and you figured out how to best use rechargeables. Share your experience with others.  Tweet it, FB it, or leave your comments.

Introducing babynightlights.net

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Well, sometimes you just don’t know. Actually the older I get, the less I seem to know. At least, that’s what my kids say.

Last month, we launched the Ansmann baby night lights product line and had such a terrific response, we went ahead and created a whole new website just to handle it. Appropriately named, www.babynightlights.net, our new website allows the baby night lights more room with larger pictures and descriptions, photo galleries etc.

We knew that placing it on our main site – horizonbattery.com- would be a bit out of our rechargeable battery “comfort zone” but even the response from our regular customers was strong. (I guess everyone has a baby or small child, or knows someone that does ….)

So, babynightlights.net is born – so to speak. Take some time to check it out – and keep us in mind for your next “baby giift”

Reasons Why It’s A Good Idea To Employ A Reconditioning Charger

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

As increasing numbers of families make the move to re-chargeable batteries, the call for excellent battery chargers will get more significant. What is the point of employing re-chargeable batteries in the event that you’re not able to accomplish optimum recycles from them? Let’s take into account, the true reason for utilizing rechargeable batteries to start with is to try to lower your expenses and save the earth from the extreme wastefulness of use-and-throw batteries.

So, how do you get the most from your nimh rechargeable batteries? I advise having a battery charger which will refresh or recondition the batteries. Before moving forward, I’ve already presumed you have chosen a high-quality, high-capacity re-chargeable battery like the Ansmann type. And, before I explore things to look for in a charger that reconditions, allow me to discuss what it’s not.

There are several battery chargers that offer a “discharge” process, which merely discharges the cell right down to a base level – generally around 1.0 Volts. This discharge concept was related to the use of Nickel Cadmium batteries and was fairly good at preventing “memory effect.” After discharging the cell, the battery would then be recharged back up to full charge. Despite the fact that sounds like an acceptable, clear-cut tactic, just discharging a battery does almost nothing in order to keep the chemistry with the nimh cell well balanced. As the nimh battery ages, it could develop “crystalline” creation inside of the cell. Even though this does not result in memory effect as seen using the older Ni-cad batteries, it will minimize what number of recycles you can acheive at maximum capacity. A basic discharging of the cell does not address this event.

To stop or diminsh crystalline formation in the cell, refreshing or reconditioning of the cell is well-advised. So what does a refresh cycle involve? With Ansmann energy series battery chargers, the Ansmann technical engineers have designed a proprietary algorithim of charge and discharge cycles at numerous voltage values. When the cell is in need of refresh, this circuit occurs automatically and is undertaken on the cell right before recharging. By applying this type of charging process, you will notice a boost in power with your rechargeables as well as more life. Practically speaking, our assessment of this benefit, as well as those of our clients gives roughly a 20%-25% amplified life span of your cells. By way of illustration, let’s presume for your usage the batteries could in theory be recycled one thousand times. This would be under ideal conditions, with the use of a top-quality battery charger that refreshes the cells. Without the refresh option, your usage of the batteries could decrease down to seven hundred and fifty cycles instead. So, as an example, you use your batteries, in a wireless microphone, 2 times weekly. An addtional two hundred and fifty charge cycles might mean another 2-3 years of use before being forced to remove and replace them. That is a substantial savings – and really worth the few additional bucks you would spend choosing a battery charger that can refresh your batteries.

Baby Nights Lights – Picking the Favorites

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Our first shipment of Ansmann baby night lights have hit the streets running. Early indications suggests that the Turtle constellation nightlight is the #1 favorite. (so much for the speed of turtles)

Anyhow, there’s still plenty of time for picking your favorite night light for your favorite niece, nephew and have it in time for Christmas.

Remember, we’re offering a free battery charger with each night light purchased

Also popular has the been the “Puppy Dog”  stationary night light, along with “Paula the Penguin”  and  “Pia the Sheep.”

Alternatives to the Recalled Rocketfish iPhone Battery Case

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

One of Best Buys best selling iphone battery case for 3G – 3GS  was recently recalled for potential heat and fire hazard.  You can read the recall notice here

This was also one of the “highly-rated” battery cases promulgated by “expert” blog sites.

We saw this one coming  a long ways off.

There have been so many iphone battery cases claiming “max power” — but trying to squeeze too much juice into a slimline battery case is asking for trouble. This will certainly not be the last recall.

However, the Ansmann iphone battery case for iPhone 3G/S and 4/4S is completely safe and designed for long life without excessive heat build-up or fire hazard.

Stick to a reasonably-priced, reputable product line. Ansmann is a leading expert in the field of mobile energy – including iPhone battery cases.

 

Horizon Battery Launches Baby Night Lights On Time For Seasonal Purchases

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Cuddly, soft, baby night lights are now on hand in a variety of vibrant models at Horizon Battery. Perfect for aiding newborns and youngsters sleep. Press a special button to activate a lullaby tune and/or a night light feature with an automatic switch-off. The types of materials used are EN71 tested and certified for safety.  

Horizon Battery presents high-quality, safety-certified, baby night lights. These gorgeous plush baby toys are available today in limited quantities for the Christmas shopping season and make the fabulous night-time gift idea for young children. Choose from “Moonlight Bear” “Paula the Penguin” and 12 other colorful “bedtime” friends.

Also obtainable are the beautiful “starlight” baby night lights which present a delightful, multi-color, constellation light show on the walls and ceilings of the nursery. Opt for from the well-known “Ladybug” or “Turtle” night lights that happen to be available with or without optional lullaby feature.

All Ansmann night lights are furnished with an automated switch-off feature. These battery-powered night lights utilize cool, LED solutions and create no heat. They are EN71 examined and certified for safety. And, of course, all night lights include Ansmann’s quality several-year guarantee.

As a special celebration for this new product line and Horizon Battery’s promise to rechargeable solutions, a free battery charger is added in with each baby nightlight ordered. With Ansmann battery chargers -and special Max E technology – each re-chargeable battery can be applied up to 1000 times, reducing future battery expenditures.

Ansmann baby care products, including the baby night lights range, are part of the Ansmann consumer products division. Their global headquarters are located in Assamstadt, Germany. As an innovator in the mobile energy arena, Ansmann is viewed as one of the top manufacturers in rechargeable products and solutions including LED night lights.

Horizon Battery is thrilled to supply Ansmann mobile energy products, including baby nightlights, at a fair price, and outstanding customer support. These are at the centre of Ansmann’s -and Horizon’s- continuing achievement.

Ansmann dedication to experienced, versatile employees with initiative and innovation underpin the long term success of the business. They design and produce the top quality products, including night lights for kids.

Thomas Road Baptist, Liberty University Joins The List Of Rechargeable Battery Users

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Welcome aboard, Thomas Road Baptist in Lynchburg, Virginia. Last month the tech-savvy crew at Liberty University switched their sanctuary wireless mics and IEM’s to Ansmann rechargeables. They are utilizing the 4 Energy 16′s and 48 AA 2850 mahs to drive their wireless units – and are saving a bundle on batteries.

Welcome Aboard – Northpoint, Saddleback, Willowcreek, Grapevine

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Every week we add new “church” clients to the list of users of our rechargeable technology. And, let me once again say “thank you” for the many happy client referrals we receive. These past couple months, we’ve had a few “notable” churches in America convert to Ansmann rechargeables.

  • Northpoint Community Church and Ministries -  Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Saddleback Church -  Lake Forest, California
  • WillowCreek Community Church – Barrington, Illinois
  • Fellowship  Church and Campus – Grapevine, Texas

While these “mega-churches” require a rather large number of chargers and rechargeable batteries, the technology works the same for small and medium-size churches.

And the money saved by switching to Ansmann rechargeables is also realized by the church with 1 wireless mic or 48 wireless mics.

Which leads me to the obvious question:  Who do you know that could benefit from converting to Ansmann rechargeables? We offer a FREE Rechargeable Evaluation to any church, school, theater, or production facility that is looking for the right recharging system to handle their wireless mics, IEM’s, and other gear.

If you know someone, by all means, point them in our direction.  Thanks!

Getting What You Pay For with Rechargeable Batteries

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

It never ceases to amaze me how many times I hear the following:

“Well, we tried rechargeable batteries but they only lasted for 50 recycles and then they just died.”

Undoubtedly, in addition they inform me they found this great deal on rechargeables and saved two dollars per 4-pk.  I forgot who talked about being penny-wise and pound-foolish, but it definitely pertains to rechargeable batteries.  Sure, you can check out e-bay or some other discount online store and acquire cheap, ineffective rechargeables. Or, you can spend a few bucks more and get a pack that truly works.  Beware of just visiting the big battery companies that sell a bunch of alkaline batteries – because you’ll find that they really don’t pay much attention to the caliber of their rechargeable stock. Trust me, they will much rather have you buy alkaline throw-aways month after month and year in year out.

So, why is the Ansmann brand so different?   The reasons are listed below so that you can review but it all boils down to quality.   You get what you pay for.  Don’t make the same mistake trying to scrimp.  With Ansmann batteries and chargers, you’re already likely to save hundreds to thousands every year.

Ansmann rechargeable batteries are professional grade batteries. They’re manufactured to Ansmann specifications for longer life cycles and long run-times.  They are also “vented” and strong-walled to prevent leakage and explosion. Each battery is covered by a 2-year warranty against defect. Many other brands will not have these features and are only designed to give you 50 high-capacity uses. That’s why they don’t cost as much. Ansmann batteries are built to give high capacity, long run-times for up to 1000 cycles.

Ansmann battery chargers are built to work with high-quality, high-capacity cells. They provide multiple over-charge protections, and do not permit the battery to rise above critical temperatures that will harm the battery and shorten life cycles.  Ansmann chargers also provide “refresh” or “deep cycles” functions to maintain the battery chemistry in good shape. This is particularly important when battery reaches 200- 300 uses. Since the battery ages, the chemistry could become unbalanced. The refresh function restores the chemistry to a balanced state.  Ansmann chargers are handled by a 3 year warranty against defects.

Track record.  Ansmann rechargeable batteries and chargers are used by the top production facilities throughout the world. Cirque du Soleil, and Blue Man Group are only two of thousands of theatre groups, broadcast facilities, schools and churches that have used our products for over 10 years. It’s always great to hear from a church that have to re-order batteries …. seven years later!

The next time, you think of purchasing rechargeable batteries, take into account the above.  Spend a few dollars more and get your money’s worth.

The Wireless Microphone Battery Dilemma

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Multiply the number of wireless mics that are currently in use by 1000 and that will give you the number of batteries that are needlessly being dumped into landfills. Why? Because it is now possible to have microphone batteries that are rechargeable and not compromise on performance. Rechargeable batteries can make excellent wireless mic batteries provided you know which brand to choose and how to maintain your rechargeable system with a good quality battery charger. But don’t just run to the “shack” down the road or to the drug store for cheap, ineffective rechargeables. Be certain to get the brand that pro-audio professionals have counted on for over 12 years now.


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