6 Things Your Customers Need to Know About Lithium-ion Batteries
3. Use extreme caution if you stray from a big-name brand.
If you are a retailer, sell name-brand batteries. Be wary of the words “equivalent” or “replaces,” especially if the price seems too good to be true. They might be just as good as the original equipment. But then again, you could be making a big mistake buying this cheaper version. One common complaint about off-brand cells is that they don’t hold a charge or power a device as long as the original. Also, in some cases, the ersatz cells cannot be charged in the same charger as the genuine batteries.
4. Dispose of the batteries properly by using Call2Recycle.
Lithium-ion batteries should be properly recycled. Many places provide collection bins. To find a place to recycle or to participate in the battery recycle program, call 1-877-2RECYCLE.
5. Beware the dangers of mishandling.
Yes, Virginia, lithium-ion batteries can and will bite back if mistreated. That warning label that says not to puncture, burn or disassemble is there for a reason: lithium-ion batteries contain a volatile liquid that can burn and potentially explode. This is the real reason why it’s foolish for your customers to buy off-brand batteries – unless they’re the kind of daredevil who would let the lowest bidder pack their parachute for them.
And this is an important reason why your customers should return the dead cells when they buy replacements from you. You can properly dispose of — i.e., recycle — the depleted batteries for them.