Making a Battery Replacement Station #BringingInnovation
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I have a love-hate relationship with batteries. I love the convenience of battery operated devices, but hate the effort required to change them and their environmental impact. I do try to use rechargeable batteries were I can, but that isn’t practical in all applications. No matter what type of batteries I use, I do make sure to recycle them when they’re spent.
Battery Replacement Station for New Parents
Ever since my daughter was born, our usage of batteries has definitely increased with baby gear, toys, and kid-friendly seasonal decorations. Of course, battery changing has gotten more complicated over the years since most battery compartments are now secured with screws. Since my sister and brother-in-law just had a baby, I want to equip them with their own Battery Replacement Station for easy battery changes.
Elements of a Battery Replacement Station
I started the Battery Replacement Station with a plastic box with a clasping lid. Inside the station I included:
- Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ AA 12 Pack
- Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ AAA 8 Pack
- Screwdriver with 6 tips (3 sizes each of Phillips and Flat-Head)
- Tape for the terminals of used batteries before recycling
- Plastic Bag to store used batteries awaiting recycling
I was able to find all of the components of the Battery Replacement Station at my local Target. I found Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ at several locations throughout the store including end caps in the Toy Aisles. I love how the batteries are available throughout the store near the products you are buying that need batteries.
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New Energizer EcoAdvanced Batteries
I was thrilled to hear about Energizer® EcoAdvanced™, the world’s first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries. Energizer’s goal is to increase that percentage 10-fold by 2025 to 40% recycled battery material.
Not only do the Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries use recycled materials, they are also Energizer’s longest lasting alkaline battery ever! Plus, they have a 12 year storage life. What isn’t to like about these batteries?
You can learn more about the Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ batteries in this YouTube video.
Decorating Battery Replacement Station
Of course the components of the Battery Replacement Station make for a boring gift, so I decided to decorate the box. Over the years, we have accumulated a variety of foam stickers left over from various party crafts and our own organizational projects. They were perfect for decorating our Battery Replacement Station.
I used foam letter stickers to spell out “Replacing Batteries Station”. The letters I had on hand were to large to fit “Replacement” and “Replacing” only fit on the top. Since the batteries are recycled, I really wanted to continue with the recycling theme by sticking with decorations that I already had.
I also adorned the top of the clasps with washi tape, and added both sports and floral stickers to decorate the sides.
Battery Replacement Station
I love the Battery Replacement Station so much that I need to make one for myself. Currently, we store our batteries in the basement which is not that convenient for battery changes. With a Battery Replacement Station with a lid like this, I can store an assortment of batteries in a kitchen cabinet for easier battery replacements at home.
Recycling Batteries is easy in Ann Arbor with the Home Toxins Reduction Program operated by Washtenaw County.
What would you include in your Battery Replacement Station?