Use Rechargeable NiCd Batteries in Your Devices to Save Money

The days of having to buy batteries all the time are over. With NiCd rechargeable batteries, you can buy one set of batteries that will last a long time. There are all types of reasonably priced NiCd batteries for sale on eBay from standard double As to power tool batteries.

How many years will a NiCd battery last?

The average shelf life for a NiCd battery is generally 36 months or three years. This refers to how long the battery can last if you are not using it. The cycle life is approximately one thousand cycles. This means that you can recharge the battery a thousand times before it's power usage drops below 80%. Run time will depend on the specific device you are using.

Is a charger required for a NiCd battery?

All NiCd batteries are rechargeable, which means you have the ability to recharge the battery when it dies instead of buying a new one. Some NiCd batteries can even be charged by the sun. If you do not have strong sunlight where you live or do not have a place to put your batteries in the sun, then you will need to buy a charger separately. Many types of NiCd battery chargers can be found on eBay.

Can you charge a NiCd battery with a NiMH charger?

Many of the NiMH chargers are NiCd chargers with slight modifications. The biggest differences in the two types of chargers are in how fast they charge and when the battery stops the charge. Using a charger that is not specific to your battery type can lead to either under or overcharging your battery. Because of this, it is recommended that you do not charge your NiCd batteries with a NiMH charger.

What size are NiCd batteries?

The materials and chemicals used to create a battery determine the terminal voltage of the cell. This designation is not related to its physical size. So, a disposable double A battery that is labeled 1.5 volts is the exact same size as a NiCd battery that has an output of 1.25 volts per cell. Your devices should have no problem operating with either disposable or rechargeable batteries. There are many types of NiCd batteries available for sale on eBay. These include:

  • AA
  • AAA
  • C
  • D
  • F (This size is seen in larger items such as power scooters and medical devices.)