How to Fix and Repair Rechargeable Batteries
By Deb Katula
Many appliances, tools, toys and electronics run on batteries, making them more portable than ever. Rechargeable batteries have become a popular power option as they last longer and are considered "greener" than other battery options. But eventually even rechargeable batteries fail to hold their charge. Rechargeable batteries can be fixed by zapping them with a high volt of electricity, a concept which is similar to that of jumping a car battery.
Gather your dead rechargeable batteries. Check their power levels on a battery tester or a digital multimeter to make sure they have been fully discharged.
Use a 12-volt 5-amp AC/DC charger to repair rechargeable batteries. Using the appropriate safety precautions (see Warnings), place the black charger clamp on the negative side of the battery.
Lightly tap the positive end of the battery once or twice with the red clamp on the 12-volt charger. Sparks may shoot out of the end of the battery.
After tapping the rechargeable battery, place both clamps on the appropriate positive and negative ends of the battery and hold for a maximum of three seconds.
Test the charge on the rechargeable battery once again with a battery tester or digital multimeter. Repeat the process until the battery is fully charged.
- Fix your rechargeable batteries outside or in the garage, away from any areas that may be irreparably damaged.
- Always wear protective safety gear on your face, eyes, arms and hands.
- This is an extremely hazardous process. Sending a high level electric current through a rechargeable battery can cause them to explode or catch on fire.
- This process should only be done by a person who is experienced in working with electricity and under the appropriate safety conditions.
- This article is for informational purposes and is not liable for any damage to homes, persons or property when attempting to fix a rechargeable battery.
Deb Katula has written and researched for Societe Generale, FIMAT, Nikko Securities, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Arthur Anderson. She holds an MBA in economics and finance from the University of Chicago; a Japanese language fellowship from Harvard; and a Bachelor of Arts in business/psychology/Asian studies from Augustana College.