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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Recharge Any Battery

Disposable alkaline batteries are not perceived by most people to be rechargeable, and that's how the manufacturers like it. Until digital pulse-technology chargers came out a few years ago, it was NOT an option for most people. Alkaline battery walls are very thin, and the heat generated by simple brute-force recharging frequently split them open with a bang.

There are new chip-controlled chargers which will safely and effectively recharge "disposable" alkaline batteries. I have a Buddy-L Super Charger, one of the first designed this way. Bought it about 7 years ago, and I still use it to recharge all my alkaline batteries. Saves me a BUNDLE! features the Battery Xtender. Amazingly, it recharges ordinary "Off the Shelf" batteries like Duracell ®, Energizer ®, Rayovac ®, and Sony ® AAA, AA, C and D sizes of alkaline, zinc-carbon, and even rechargeable Ni-Cad and NiMH types!


  • Save money!
  • Safely extend the life of your batteries!
  • Keep your batteries fresh and ready to provide power!
  • Help the environment! Cut down on battery waste!

In addition, features many different battery chargers for all your household or work needs. Click this link to visit

EZ Test Battery Tester

Now that you know how to charge your batteries, you'll need something to tell you when they're dead.

Now you can independently test household batteries! APH offers two versions of the EZ Test Battery Tester:

  • The Audible EZ Test reports battery status by beeps
  • The Audible/Tactile EZ Test reports battery status by vibrations and beeps

A flexible testing wire allows for testing of 1.5 volt batteries, including AAA, AA, C, and D batteries. The unit also includes two contacts for testing 9 volt batteries.

If the battery being tested is at or near full strength, you will receive three beep signals or vibrations/beeps depending on which model of EZ Test you have. Two signals indicate medium strength, and a single signal indicates a weak battery.

Measures only 4.5 x 1.1 x 0.6 inches. Requires two AAA batteries (included) to operate.


  • Battery tester unit with attached elastic band to hold testing wire while unit is stored
  • Two AAA batteries
  • Instructions in print, braille, and on cassette
  • One year warranty

Note: EZ Test IS available for purchase with Federal Quota funds.

EZ Test Battery Tester

Audio Feedback Version:
Catalog Number: 1-03968-00

Audio/Tactile Feedback Version:
Catalog Number: 1-03969-00
Click this link to purchase the EZ Test Battery Tester.

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