Batteries for life…your whole entire life.

This post was going to talk about things you dont’ need batteries for and then I had an epiphany of all the things batteries are used for…for your who life!

It is so annoying to me #1 that everything seems to take batteries anymore.

Maybe it’s just me.  You know…I’m a parent now though so finding out how important having good batteries on hand and almost on demand is essential

You hear me out there other parents?

You know what I’m talking about!

From age (still in the womb) zero to age 60, batteries become essential.

I have no idea how I lost sight of this while in college but damn….batteries are totally important!

So..how is age zero relevant?

Can you say mp3, Walkman’s, phones…whatever else.  Think about being pregnant and what you wanted that took batteries.

The most prominent is the phone.  You have to have that on you. Imagine going into labor and your phone battery is dead.  Yikes.  So suck.

How about a back massager?  Granted the battery operated ones aren’t nearly as good as the plug in massagers, they do hold their weight in gold when you just HAVE to have a massager in the car or wherever you are when your back goes into a spasm while you’re fat as anything ready to pop from having a large fetus inside of you.

So …what else for age zero?  Headphones and music machines to play to them in the womb?

When they come out?  Whats the first battery operated thingy that the kids needs?

Some people use those little lambs with the sounds of the ocean or a heartbeat or someone breathing (kind of creepy but it works).

Mobiles for the crib, remotes for the mobiles and so much more.

Baby monitors….I can go on and on.

It seems when you have kids, you better have batteries so people have it wrong.

When they are sitting around asking themselves: “What do I get my friend for her baby shower?”

They shouldn’t be thinking about diapers.   They should be thinking about BATTERIES.

The uses for them is NEVERENDING and they run out so fast (especially if you have TWO kids!).

Batteries, batteries batteries!

Yes.   Even my 90 year old grandfather uses them.  Can you say hearing aide?

Pacemaker?

Automatic soup stirrer?

Yeah…gotta love batteries.

Why you Can’t take LItium Batteries on an Airplane

Did you ever wonder why you can’t take lithium batteries on an airplane?

You can…so that’s not really the problem.

What you can’t do is put lithium batteries in your luggage.  Wonder why?

Check out this article I found from BBC.com

Safety worries lead US airline to ban battery shipments

  • 3 March 2015
  • From the sectionTechnology

United Airlines has become the second major US airline to announce it will no longer carry bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries.

Delta Airlines stopped bulk shipments of the batteries in February.

Aviation officials believe lithium-ion batteries contributed to fires that destroyed two Boeing 747 cargo planes, killing all four crew members.

Federal Aviation Administration tests found overheating batteries could cause major fires.

In its tests, the FAA filled a cargo container with 5,000 lithium-ion batteries and a cartridge heater, which was added to simulate a single battery overheating.

The heat from the cartridge triggered a chain reaction in other batteries, with temperatures reaching about 600C.

This was followed by an explosion, which blew open the container door and set the cargo box on fire.

A second test, some months later, produced similar results, despite the addition of a fire-suppression agent.

“Our primary concerns when transporting dangerous goods are the safety of our customers, our customers’ shipments and the environment,” United Airlines said in a statement.

Plane crashes

Experts think that batteries have contributed to several cargo plane fires in recent years.

In 2010, a Boeing 747 cargo plane operated by UPS Airlines developed an in-flight fire and crashed in an unpopulated area in Dubai. Both crew members were killed.

In the subsequent investigation, the FAA highlighted the fact that a large quantity of lithium-ion batteries had been on board.

In 2011, an Asiana Airlines cargo plane carrying 880lb (400kg) of lithium batteries crashed into the Korea Strait, killing both crew members.

The cause of the fire was never determined, but the International Civil Aviation Organisation did recommend new safety standards for the carriage of such batteries.

And back in 2006, a UPS cargo plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport, following a fire. In that case, all crew members escaped unharmed.

The cause of the fire was never determined, but the recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board included advice about the transport of lithium-ion batteries.

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was also reported to have been carrying 440lb of lithium-ion batteries in its cargo, adding yet another theory to the mystery surrounding its disappearance last year.

New rules

The increasing focus on battery safety will put pressure on other airlines to follow suit, as well as on the technology industry to come up with safer ways of transporting them.

Lithium-ion batteries power mobile phones, laptops and other digital devices. An estimated 4.8 billion lithium-ion cells were manufactured in 2013 and production is forecast to reach eight billion by 2025.

Shipments of rechargeable batteries on passenger planes are supposed to be limited to no more than a handful in a single box, under safety standards set by the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation.

But a loophole permits many small boxes to be packed into one shipment, meaning that thousands of the batteries may be packed into pallets and loaded into the cargo holds of passenger planes.

No cargo fires aboard passenger airlines have been attributed to batteries.

American Airlines stopped accepting some types of lithium-ion battery shipments in February. It continues to accept small packages of batteries grouped together or packed into a single cargo container. But this has raised safety concerns because of the large number of batteries in one container.

FAA tests also revealed that lithium-metal batteries, which are not rechargeable and power devices such as cameras and calculators, could catch fire much faster than other versions.

The UN banned shipments of these batteries on passenger planes last year, and the ban came into effect in January.

About 10% of the 2.5 billion lithium-metal batteries manufactured annually are shipped by air.

Lithium-ion batteries are far more frequently shipped by air.

All three US airlines will continue to accept shipments when the batteries are packed inside or with equipment such as laptops or power tools.”

World Batteries

How does the world live without batteries?

How do batteries work and what are batteries for?

From medical uses to toys and from bombs to things that saves lives, batteries are in our world and better us in many ways.

I’m not quite sure how I’ll talk about batteries forever, but it shouldn’t be too hard since batteries are everywhere.

I’m thankful for the batteries my grandfather (in his 90s) has in his hearing aide.

I’m sure he’s thankful he can turn them off.

The small batteries that are running the computer I’m typing on and the nifty ones that keep my wireless mouse running.

If there is a technology that we couldn’t live without…perhaps it should be our batteries!

Think about it.

Cars, planes, phones, tv’s (portable) radios, flashlights, boats, bombs, cars..yes…cars…again, dog collars, elephant probes, fancy flower lights, gameboys, hair curlers, hair removers, Innotabs, juicers, Kindle, Lamps, Light Brite, Money Counters, Motorcycles, Nintendo, Nail Dryers and Nail Sanding Machines, Optimist Phone, Ohms (for the nerds out there), Octopus Toys, Office Fan, Pencil Sharpeners, Play Station, Question Games,  Radio, Remote, Robot, Smartphones, Stereo, Station Wagons, Television, Town Emergency Lights and Sirens, Trucks, Trains, Uno  Flash,  Utensils that use batteries (like a can opener), Vans, Vibrators, Vacuum Cleaners, Windshield wipers, Wind Machines, Windmills, X-ray machines, Xbox,  Yo-yos, Yamaha devices, Zenith  products, Zelda hand held games, Zebra tagger.

 

See what I did  there?  Everything uses batteries. You can come up with almost everything and find a way that it uses batteries..even Zebras.