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extracting batteries from recycler Answered

has anybody tried to remove batteries from this?

there are a bunch of dead 9V's in there and i want to get them to make battery clips from them.
but the lid is small and it is spring loaded.

I was thinking a speaker magnet on the end of a string and just drop it in and you get whatever you get.
are batteries magnetic...

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guyfrom7up (author)2007-12-26

I'd just ask if I were you, it might be considered stealing

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ledzep567 (author)guyfrom7up2007-12-26

well, thats the thing. theres nobody to ask. i would have to write a letter to waste management and then i would get all caught up in red tape. plus it is in a secluded area (between 2 long trailers and one one end is woods and the other is a parking lot)

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guyfrom7up (author)ledzep5672007-12-26

oh, I thought it was in a store like circuit city or something like that, think you're fine, but don't hold me to it.

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ledzep567 (author)guyfrom7up2007-12-27

lol, yea that would be kinda suspicious...

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KentsOkay (author)ledzep5672007-12-27

Haha: "WTF are you doing there sonny?" "Stealing dead batteries sir!" WTH is wrong with you!?! Go steal something worth stealing!"

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ledzep567 (author)KentsOkay2007-12-27

hahahahahaha the funny thing is they also have a bin for rechargeable batteries...

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Killa-X (author)2007-12-26

Just to let you know, If you go to a store and they offer to lend you disposable cameras they recycle, You get get batteries (AA) from them. I asked mijers and the girl said they don't get paid for recycling them. So I got a box of them, and over 50 good charged AA batteries. Fun factor :D

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guyfrom7up (author)Killa-X2007-12-26

I went to walmart and asked for 5 and the guy there is like sure. Then this old lady came out and is like "ooooohhhh no you don't, we cant give them to you because they could electrocute you." I didn't say anything because I wasn't going to argue with her, but wouldn't one think that if someone elsde is asking for a couple of cracked open disposable cameras that he knows what's insdie them?

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westfw (author)guyfrom7up2007-12-26

Next you won't be able to buy electronic flashes at all. (Alas, chances are that some "kid" was given some, shocked himself, and had a parent come down to the store and yell at people...) I would look for a different recycling area where they don't have such an inaccessible container...

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ledzep567 (author)westfw2007-12-27

well, normally i would too. but a)I cant drive because i am too young and b)every recycling station i have ever seen with a battery depository has the exact same container

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westfw (author)ledzep5672007-12-27

Try asking your science teacher if the school recycles batteries, and if you can get some of them from there. Chances are they'll be thrilled to have someone interested in technology... Also, see if you parents have battery recycling at work. Our site has open bins in the mail rooms, for instance; your choice of cell phone batteries, laptop batteries, lead-acid emergency lighting batteries, plus the random set of diposeables and broken rechargeables that people bring from home. Sometimes it's surprising what you can get just by letting people know that you're interested in them.

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Weissensteinburg (author)westfw2007-12-26

They just don't want to be held liable for giving a kid charged capacitors. You have to understand it from their point...and then just come back later =]

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westfw (author)Killa-X2007-12-27

BTW, I hit up CostCo for disposable cameras once (they do incredible volume, of course, and that tends to be where I get my film/prints done anyway), and they told me they get paid $0.35 each; I suspect the smaller stores have less advantageous arrangements, and some just throw them away. Some of the stores that DO recycle them were still happy to give me "a few", though...

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ledzep567 (author)2007-12-26

oh, well are you familiar with those cigarette disposal bins that are shaped like a tall skinny pyramid?
well it is like that, just conical. and the bas is about 2 feet in diameter and the top is about 6inches diametrical. the opening is on the side 2 or 3 inches below the top. its around 4 inches in diameter. the cover is spring loaded and if you were to stick your hand past your wrist then it would be hard to get it out.

now what exactly is a rare earth magnet??
is it a refrigerator magnet? or is it similar to the magnets found in speakers?

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Goodhart (author)ledzep5672007-12-26

Neodymium or Rare Earth Magnets are among the strongest magnets there are (outside of electromagnets).

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ledzep567 (author)Goodhart2007-12-26

ohhh so what would a 32 ounce speaker magnet be classified as?

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Goodhart (author)ledzep5672007-12-26

if it is a barium ferrite magnet, that is another rare earth (I believe), some are Alnico (another rare earth) magnets. I don't suppose they all are, it would depend (I would think) on the quality of the speaker. I am not positive what they use in speakers though.

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gmoon (author)Goodhart2007-12-27

I believe speakers use all the above; certainly Alnico, increasingly rare earth. The most common choice today (cheapest) is ceramic.

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Goodhart (author)2007-12-26

The link doesn't seem to work...

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Weissensteinburg (author)2007-12-26

Is it just a big bin, or is there something that blocks you from getting anything? If not, think you're on the right track; just drop a rare earth magnet on a string in, pull it out, pick what you want, and put the rest back in.

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