Ni-Cd batteries

11 Nov 2005
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United Kingdom
The solar lights I use in the garden are powered by re-chargeable Ni-Cd AA Batteries, 600mah, 1.2V. Am I right in assuming Ni-Cd batteries are no longer available in 'High Street' shops & if so are they available from any other source or will I have to buy new lights powered by Ni-Mh batteries or is there an equivalent Ni-Mh for my batteries?

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Just replace with NiMh batteries, and dispose of the NiCds properly.
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ni-mh don't have the memory effect of ni-cd batteries so if they do actually charge in your solar powered lights they will probably last a lot longer.

Most household chargers charge both types but charging the wrong type of battery in a charger could result in an explosion!
From Wikipedia:

Environmental consequences of Cadmium

NiCd batteries contain cadmium, which is a toxic heavy metal and therefore requires special care during battery disposal. In the United States, part of the price of a NiCd battery is a fee for its proper disposal at the end of its service lifetime. In the European Union, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) bans the use of cadmium in electrical and electronic equipment products since July 2006. The sale of nickel-cadmium batteries has now been banned within the European Union except for medical use; alarm systems; emergency lighting and portable power tools. This last category is to be reviewed after 4 years.

Cadmium, being a heavy metal, can cause substantial pollution when landfilled or incinerated. Because of this, many countries now operate recycling programs to capture and reprocess old NiCd batteries.

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