It is surprising just how easy it is to recondition a battery, with a little trade knowledge. Nowadays, pretty much anyone can teach themselves battery reconditioning with the teaching of a well written and comprehensive guide. These are now only $50 to $60 on the internet. The concepts are reasonably elementary and the equipment needed costs well under $200 if taken seriously, even less for simple use around the home and on one’s own vehicle.
Normally after three or four reconditions, you could say you were quite proficient. Of course, there is also plenty of money to be made mending seemingly dead batteries. That is a trend which can only rise as more equipment becomes portable and vehicles rely more on electricity for motive power. As a battery matures and has been recharged numerous times, it loses its capacity which then needs to be corrected. Frequently this is only possible to a certain level or even not at all. Quick testing and fast rejuvenation are the keys.
It is quite easy to make good money fixing batteries. It lends itself excellently to profitable part-time work which can be grown into an established business, if desired. Due to the very low investment required to start up, the real value comes from the expertise. That is not difficult with a recommended trade manual, normally available as an e-book. The demand for battery reconditioning will only grow as will the awareness that batteries can be brought back to life.
The essential equipment needed for effective battery repair are a computer battery analyzer, a smart charger and a hydrometer for lead acid batteries. That’s all.
Battery reconditioning has become very easy with the introduction of new techniques. With the correct skills and some quality equipment, which is nevertheless cheap at under $250, anyone can start raising batteries from the dead. A decent guide will also be required but most retail for only around $50. They usually come in downloadable format for ease of use and with plenty of useful extra links.
With manual and kit, you are ready to go. You are about to save money around the home, for family members and friends. Alternatively, battery reconditioning makes for an excellent part-time or full-time business. It can easily be grown from a few very profitable hours a week to a thriving store or forecourt, all at your own pace. It is worth adding, as a kind of footnote, that if you really just want it for home use, you can get away with an outlay of well under $100, including the manual.
The most expensive piece of kit is the computerized battery analyzer, at around $130. It plugs into your computer or laptop and gives precision readings which can be critical for effective rejuvenation of many batteries. It can mean the difference between restoring a battery to almost 100% of its original charge and arriving at under 80%. It should be capable of testing up to 48 volts, 150 watts and 40 amps.
Next a smart charger really does make sense. It is designed to recognize a fully charged battery and then revert to a trickle charge. A normal charger is a bit cheaper, but there is little point in being penny wise and pound foolish here. Types of Battery Suitable for Battery Reconditioning All types of battery can be reconditioned. These include NiCd, NiMh, lithium based and lead acid batteries. Once you have the knowledge of how to bring a battery back to life, the crucial thing is simply to be able to analyze it first before even bothering. Around 40% of batteries will be truly beyond redemption.