International Battery Day takes place on 18th February 2022 and is a wonderful chance to celebrate the amazing role that batteries play in our everyday lives. Batteries power an abundance of devices in our lives, from recreational toys and devices to important medical equipment. Modern culture relies and thrives on the power that batteries provide.
Batteries: Power the Everyday
In modern society with new technology, gadgets, and devices, batteries power a huge portion of our everyday lives. Power helps you to keep your home safe, brighten up your path and excel in your hobby. Batteries are there every step of the way, through the ups and downs of life.
Common everyday batteries such as AA and AAA batteries are found in the majority of battery-powered devices, but the world of batteries encompasses a wide variety of sizes. While nowadays devices are getting smaller and slimmer in size to reflect more modern and stylish trends, specialty batteries are usually compact in size yet as powerful as general household batteries. GP specialty batteries cover all manner of devices and gadgets, from smoke detectors and car keys to watches and smart home devices. Despite the name of ‘specialty,’ these batteries are fundamental to our daily lives and often serve a specific purpose to keep us happy and healthy. Whether you need hearing aid batteries, lithium button cell batteries, or high voltage batteries, GP has got you covered. Discover the widest range of specialty batteries here.
Celebrating International Battery Day
This event is a great time to rethink how we consume power on a daily basis. In 2020, the battery recycling rate in the UK was less than 50%. Over 620 million batteries are thrown away every year with detrimental effects not only to our health but also to the environment. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are responsible for around 48% of all waste fires occurring in the UK each year, costing the UK over £100m a Year. To reduce our impact on the environment, we encourage you to recycle your old batteries at a local drop off site near you and help preserve the environment.
Disposing of old batteries
Most single-use and rechargeable batteries can be taken to recycling stations to ensure their valuable materials can be recycled, saving the batteries from landfills. Take care when grouping batteries for disposal, avoiding contact between batteries that may have remaining charge by taping contact areas.
While GP batteries are built with advanced engineering technology to protect both your device and your health, battery leakages are very common. To avoid leakages, make sure you remove used and unused batteries from their device when not used for a prolonged period of time. In case of immediate contact, ensure that you quickly wash any skin that has come into contact with battery components. Place any damaged batteries into a bag of their own before disposing to avoid further acid damage. Discover our battery recycling guide.
How GP is Helping to Shape the Battery Industry
At GP we are working hard on exciting advancements to ensure higher power capacities while drastically reducing recharging times, to allow you to easily swap your old disposable batteries with a new generation of fast-charging, reliable rechargeable batteries and chargers. Today there are no more excuses not to switch to rechargeable batteries!
In 2021, we have launched a game-changing new charger and battery solution capable of charging up to 4 of its batteries in just 10 minutes*: Charge 10. Charge 10 is the solution that you have been calling out for, allowing you to quickly and easily recharge its batteries, empowering their daily lives and hobbies. Read more about our latest product innovation here.
Our pledge to sustainability
GP is committed to developing more sustainable sources of power, with many of our rechargeable battery models containing at least 10% recycled material. Reducing waste is one of our main environmental focus areas; we’re achieving this through developing eco-friendly rechargeable batteries and working towards zero waste in our battery manufacturing facilities.
*Based on internal test by GP of the average percentage of battery capacity charged after a 10-minute charge as of May 2021. Calculated from 5 simultaneous charges of 4pcs of new Charge 10 1700mAh AA batteries to 90%+ of capacity at 20°C, followed by battery discharge according to IEC 61951-2.