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Monthly Archives: February 2015

  • The Power of Free

    Two of the most powerful words in advertising are FREE and NEW. Free samples of food in the aisles of grocery stores always go like wildfire. Perhaps a preference for “free” is a feature that is hardwired into our brains.

    As much as we love the idea of free, we are sometimes suspicious of its value.  Paul Michael of Wise Bread tells the story of an old refrigerator:  A man had just purchased a new refrigerator for his home, and did not want to go to the hassle of selling his old fridge or hauling it away. So he put a sign on it saying “FREE to Good Home” and left it on the curb.  It sat there for days. No one wanted it. So, he put another sign on it saying “Fridge For Sale, $50.”  The same fridge that no one paid attention to was stolen within a day.  This is the reverse problem with free. Either people don’t trust it, or it diminishes the value of something to worthlessness. There’s this attitude of “why is it free; what’s wrong with it?” In the case of the fridge, people clearly thought it was a broken, old, or unusable object, otherwise it would have had a value. By attaching a value to the fridge, that problem was alleviated, and it was stolen.

    Free-Shipping-BadgeBatteryheads.com has been listening to our customers when they asked for FREE SHIPPING.  In this case, free is fabulous and there is nothing wrong with it! Continue reading

  • Shouldn't My Battery Last Longer?

    Shouldn't my Battery Last Longer? Why your battery dies and how to help it last longer.It has happened to just about everyone, you replace your batteries and then they die at the most inopportune time.  Why does this happen?  To help figure this out you have to know how a battery is made. Continue reading

  • AED Machines in Recreation Centers May Save Lives

    Sudden cardiac arrest means that the heart unexpectedly and abruptly quits beating. This is often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF).  This VF rhythm is caused by abnormal and very fast electrical activity in the heart. VF is chaotic and unorganized; the heart quivers and cannot effectively pump blood. VF is short lived and will deteriorate to asystole (a flat line) if not treated promptly.

    Defibrillation is an electrical current applied to the chest. The electrical current passes through the heart with the goal of stopping the abnormal rhythm and providing an opportunity for the heart's normal electrical system to take control.

    Many city recreation centers are now equipped with automated external defibrillator (AED) machines. An AED can help the heart recognize electrical activity so it can pump blood again.  While hoping to never have to use them, the AED machines can save a life in the case of sudden cardiac arrest. Since survival rates decrease by 10 percent for every minute that goes by without CPR and a defibrillator, time is of the essence. Having the option to grab an AED right away can make all the difference. Continue reading

  • How to Pack your Tech Gear for Spring Break

    How to Pack your Tech Gear for Spring Break #batteryheads #laptop #cameraPlanning on heading out to someplace fantastic for Spring Break? Or maybe you have quick business trip?  When you are headed to the airport there are a few things you want to remember when packing your tech gear.

    1. Check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  The TSA is always changing what is allowed and not allowed on flights.  It is a good idea to check the current list before you fly.  You don't want the hassle of extra time with security! By knowing what you need to do to send your tech gear through security it will help you get through faster.  You can see the current list of TSA Prohibited Items here.  You may want to check the current requirements for taking laptop and camera batteries, camera battery chargers and alkaline batteries.  You may be required to check them or carry them in your carry on luggage. Continue reading

  • Emergency Lighting Backup Power

    Lights Out--Battery Power for Exit Signs & Emergency Lights

    Exit sign with emergency lights

    When the lights go out, emergency lighting systems step in to provide light and a safe way out. These systems vary in the type of light used, source, and necessary battery.  Be prepared the next time there is a power outage.

    Functioning emergency lights are required to comply with state building and fire codes, insurance standards, and even OSHA standards.

    An emergency light is a battery-backed lighting device that switches on automatically when a building experiences a power outage. Emergency lights are standard in new commercial and high occupancy residential buildings, such as college dormitories. Most building codes require that they be installed in older buildings as well.

    For large commercial or industrial facilities that may not have windows or those that continue operations during the night shift, a power outage can create a kind of panic that feeds on itself and intensifies when a large crowd experiences sudden darkness — at times prompting serious injuries or even fatalities. With emergency lighting, occupants would have to navigate great distances through rooms filled with obstacles, darkened hallways, and stairs to reach safety. Continue reading

  • Replace the Battery in your Car Key Fob: 2007 GMC Yukon

    Replace your own battery on your key fob for your remote key-less entry! #battery #coincell #batteryheadsI love my remote key-less entry, but over the past few weeks I have noticed that my car key fob is not locking my car exactly like it should.  It is okay to have to press the button twice, even a few times, but when I have to start shaking the key fob and hitting it on my hand to try and get the doors unlocked one more time, then I guess it is time to replace the battery.

    The hardest part of replacing the battery is getting the key fob open without breaking it.  I took a good look at mine and noticed that at the top there was (1) a small hole to help open it.  Some fobs will have something similar on the other end, a sliding door on the back or a coin turn opening on the back.  I used a small pair of scissors (2) to open up the fob and (3) found the battery.How to find the battery and replace it in a key fob. #battery #batteryheads #coincell

    Take note of the way your old battery is installed.  My battery was installed with the + side down.  Some key fobs do not have a marking to indicate + or - when you install the new battery.  Once I got the key fob opened I noted that I needed a coin cell or button CR2032 battery.  To break down the number that means I needed a (C) Lithium (R) Round (20) 20mm (32) 3.2mm battery.  You will probably need something similar for your key fob.  You can find Coin Cell Batteries at Batteryheads.

    Replacing Panasonic CR2032 in key fob with Energizer CR2032. #battery #batteryheads #CR2032Do not remove old battery with metal object as that can damage circuitry.  Remove old battery   If there is any oil or grease in the key fob, do not remove it.  It is there to help prevent corrosion.  Do not touch or remove circuitry as that may damage it.  Now install new battery with +/- the same direction as old battery.

    The last step is to reverse the process and put your key fob back together.  Make sure all pieces are lined up correctly and then put back together.  If your key fob snaps shut, make sure it is snapped tightly so the two sides do not come apart.

    Replacing battery should not alter your programming.  You are now set to lock your locks with your remote key-less entry!

    Please dispose of you coin cell batteries correctly and promptly.  They are harmful if swallowed.

  • How to Recycle Old Laptop Batteries

    hand write recycle word on recycle paper Over the years, the laptop computer has become more advanced and the efficiency and functionality have improved. Early laptop batteries did not hold a charge for very long and did not have a very long lifespan.

    But as consumers upgrade to newer and faster laptop models, what should be done with the old laptop batteries? The good news is that every part of the laptop computer is recyclable. Instead of throwing your old electronics into the household waste causing possible environmental issues, look into ways to recycle it. Continue reading

  • 10 Tips to Extend the Life of your Camera Battery

    10 Tips to Extend the Life of your Camera Battery #battery #photography #batteryheads There is nothing more frustrating than seeing the perfect photo opportunity unfolding before you, reaching for your camera and then realizing your battery is dead.  Weather you are a professional photographer or just a snap happy parent these tips will help you have enough battery to capture every magical moment.

    1. Keep your Battery Charged Most digital cameras use a Li-ion battery.  These batteries don't have a "memory" so it is okay to charge the battery before it is all the way drained, that way you start your day with a full charge. Continue reading

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