How to Take Apart a Non-Alkaline Battery

Intro: How to Take Apart a Non-Alkaline Battery

A Non-alkaline battery is a source of zinc and carbon rods.

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Please be sure to use only non-alkaline batteries.

Step 1: List of Materials

You will need:

needle-nose pliers

non-alkaline battery

paper towels

gloves

Step 2: Remove the Plastic Cover

Use needle-nose pliers to remove the plastic cover on the battery.

Step 3: Take Off the Zinc Layer

Use needle-nose pliers to undo the crimped zinc at the postive end of the battery. Then peel the zinc layer off.

Step 4: Remove the Carbon Rod

Using needle-nose pliers, pull the carbon rod out of the encasement. Be steady or the carbon rod will break.

Step 5: Remove the Top From the Carbon Rod

Holding the carbon rod with a paper towel, use the needle-nose pliers to pull the top from the rod.

Step 6: Storage

Make sure to wrap the carbon rod in a paper towel to prevent a mess.

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    silkier

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry to be a bit dense but what would you want to do this for? Do you have a project for the zinc or carbon?

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    solar worldsilkier

    Reply 3 years ago

    Zinc can be used as Sauter I needed some Sauter and zinc is lead free

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    silkiersolar world

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Do you mean solder? That is a very good trick. How do you prepare it for use?

    Do you use the carbon rods for something?

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    solar worldsilkier

    Reply 3 years ago

    solar world (author) Reply
    I recommend applying flux first but I don't think you'd have to

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    ironsmitersilkier

    Reply 3 years ago

    The carbon rods work pretty good for electrodes in carbon arc lamps, or for various electrolysis techniques. The zinc can be used for diy galvanization, alloying your own brasses and bronzes, decorative castings (much like pewter), and as a direct replacement for anything that used to call for lead like fishing lures and weights, fly wheels, wheel balance weights, and shitgun shot.

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    solar worldsilkier

    Reply 3 years ago

    Zinc can be used as Sauter I needed some Sauter and zinc is lead free

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    solar world

    3 years ago

    I recommend applying flux first but I don't think you'd have to