Lifeline Mailbox: Resurrecting a Old Pump Power Pack
Dear Lifeline Readers:
If you own a CADD Power Pack, re-order # 21-2365 which rechargeable battery has died (will not hold a charge), you are probably aware that batteries for this power pack are no longer available and the new CADD battery will not work in the 21-2365 power pack. Not only is it necessary to purchase a new battery but also a new power pack at a cost of $1600. [Note: all prices are in Canadian dollars. To convert to US$ subtract 1/3, i.e. $30.= US$20.] Rapid obsolescence is the price we pay for modern technology.
However, do not despair as there is an alternative to purchasing a new power pack. Not only can these old CADD batteries be restored but they can also be reproduced for a reasonable charge.
Due to a similar experience with a lap top computer battery, which would have cost almost $200 to replace, I learned of a local battery manufacturer who could, in most cases, revive dead rechargeable batteries. This company’s process realigns the electrons to restore as much as 80 to 90 percent of the battery’s original capacity. (For example, if the battery’s original full charge was 10 hours it will now be eight to nine hours). The cost was $30. Before processing, the battery is evaluated (at no cost) to determine if it can be restored.
In the case of my pump, three CADD batteries, were evaluated. Two were determined to be restorable but one was totally useless. The best of the two restorable batteries was processed and returned to 85 percent capacity. Believe it or not, I have found this battery actually lasts longer per charge than when it was new.
This company also makes custom batteries and can reproduce the CADD battery for approximately $90 — considerably less than the original battery cost. The only problem is matching the connector wire, but this can be overcome by taking the connector off an old battery. Because of this connector issue, I was advised never to throw out an old battery, even an "unrevivable" one. At this particular company, if I chose to have a new battery made within a month of having my old battery revived, the $30 charge would be credited towards the new battery cost.
I would expect that most cities have a company which can make custom batteries and would advise you to consult them before you replace your 21-2365 power pack and indeed before you purchase any rechargeable battery (pumps, lap tops, etc.). You may find that they can manufacture a new battery at a substantially lower cost than the equipment’s supplier.
If you want further information or cannot find a custom battery manufacturer in your area, please feel free to contact me. The company I used, Alexander Battery, in Ottawa, Canada, can be contacted at (613) 230-7177 or through www.alexanderbattery.com.
21 Providence Place
Nepean, Ontario, Canada
[Editor’s note: As with all companies, products and services discussed in the LifelineLetter, the Oley Foundation cannot guarantee or endorse the company, product and services described in the article above.]