Is battery reconditioning a scam or not?

I’ve been seeing several emails lately about being able to recharge any battery. Battery reconditioning scams were popular a few years ago, and it looks like there’s still life left in the old trick. The interesting thing is if you do some research, you’ll find information about battery reconditioning on the web. Some people say it’s real, others say it’s a scam. The commonality is they all appear to be trying to make money off the same subject.

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The battery reconditioning scam

Here’s the text from one email I received, which includes a header of “Consumer Reports.”

Never Buy Batteries Again

You have questions about the GMAT? We have answers.

Bring your old Batteries back to life ??? Just like new

This simple trick will turn all your dead batteries and make them work again. Once you know how to do this you will never have to buy batteries again.

OMG. Seriously? This one can be summed up in three little words. Bogus, bogus, bogus. Here’s why:

  • Regular alkaline, lithium, or Ni-Cad batteries cannot be recharged because of the way they are constructed.
  • Even rechargeable batteries have a limited lifespan.
  • The links in the email are simply lures to get visitors to a phishing or malware site.

It’s straightforward. Depending upon the construction of the battery, its life may be very long, but sooner or later, the battery’s ability to sustain a charge or to recharge will decline. If you try to research  battery reconditioning, you’ll find there are plenty of affiliate websites promoting books about the subject. I even found one that claimed the program didn’t work, but said purchases were protected by a money-back guarantee and then offered links to buy the book.

Recycle those batteries

I’m a strong believer in rechargeable batteries, but I don’t believe for a minute there’s a way to make a battery last forever. So, recycle your old batteries as hazardous waste, but don’t spend money on programs to make those batteries last forever.

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