Rechargeable Batteries

So for better or worse we’re kind of stuck with batteries. Wireless mice, flashlights, remotes galore. I personally feel it’s pretty wasteful to buy batteries and throw them out, just in my life alone I could have filled up a pretty good section of a land fill. So that leads me to rechargeable batteries. Now I’ve always loved the idea of rechargeable but in reality they just aren’t very good. But we’re starting to see progress.

Science Lesson

mAh means milliamp hour and is a unit that measures (electric) power over time. It is commonly used to measure the energy capacity of a battery. In general, the more mAh and the longer the battery capacity or battery life.

So with our knowledge of how these are measured we shop. Before science I went with Amazon Basic, I was wrong, they are a paltry 800 mAh and although they work, why not go for the max. To this end I’ve landed on EBL batteries that have 1100 mAh. Along with this is the smart charger, the smart portion of this is so you can leave batteries on the charger without ill effect. So I have 8 batteries that are fully charged and ready for duty. You take the old batteries out and put the fresh batteries in, then you need to rotate your batteries. This is so you spread out the charging cycles over the range of the batteries. How to do this? Tune in tomorrow where we use the 3D printer to help us with this.

Motion Sensor Lights for Closet

I don’t know why I never thought of this before but Sandy saw this at Jen’s house and it was one of those face palm moments as to why I hadn’t thought of it before. So in the master bedroom closet, it has one of those pull string bare bulb lights. Not much to look at but it’s a light in a closet. I put a motion sensor light in and it comes on when I open the door and while I’m in there and shuts off 30 seconds after I shut the door. I have a bad habit of leaving the light on and this fixes the issue without having to modify my behavior!!!