What are you paying for your cells?

Minatugar

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Today I went back to a place that used to charge $1 per kg then it went up to $2 per pack. Now they are charging some poor bastard $4 per pack. And they now keep them exclusively for that poor bastard.
 

Muzzlehatch

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FiremanDIYPowerwall said:
Today I went back to a place that used to charge $1 per kg then it went up to $2 per pack. Now they are charging some poor bastard $4 per pack. And they now keep them exclusively for that poor bastard.

When you say "a pack" what do you mean? I made some calls yesterday to check out Perth Western Australian situation.
 

Minatugar

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Muzzlehatch said:
FiremanDIYPowerwall said:
Today I went back to a place that used to charge $1 per kg then it went up to $2 per pack. Now they are charging some poor bastard $4 per pack. And they now keep them exclusively for that poor bastard.

When you say "a pack" what do you mean? I made some calls yesterday to check out Perth Western Australian situation.


A pack is one complete laptop battery.
 

Elmo

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"Pack" is one of those words that gets used a bit too much in too many situations.

I guess I spent too long flying electric RC planes and riding ebikes, to me a "pack" is the entire battery while a lot of posters here call a parallel group of cells a "pack". I prefer the term "bank" for a parallel groups personally, it avoids the confusion of multiple definitions of "pack".
 

Batteriapan

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I'm actually just picking mine up for free in the battery bin at one of the local public recycling centers. You're not allowed to do that, but nobody really cares. I go there every second week or so on a weekday afternoon, bringing a bag cinnamon buns from my local bakery that I give to the employees how help people in the hazardous items area. That's usually very helpful. End up with 50 cells or so each time, resulting in perhaps 20pcs 2Ah+ and a bunch of not so good cells.
 

Droid126

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Batteriapan said:
I'm actually just picking mine up for free in the battery bin at one of the local public recycling centers. You're not allowed to do that, but nobody really cares. I go there every second week or so on a weekday afternoon, bringing a bag cinnamon buns from my local bakery that I give to the employees how help people in the hazardous items area. That's usually very helpful. End up with 50 cells or so each time, resulting in perhaps 20pcs 2Ah+ and a bunch of not so good cells.

I had this same thought, but my local municipal recycling center has big signs saying that anything dropped off becomes their property and removing any items is considered theft. They also have cameras above the bins/area. No employees anywhere insight but I'm not about to risk that.
 

Zagy

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I found a place where I can get batteries for about 70 cents a piece. That is about 12 cents per cell. This is very cheap for the place I live.
 

Batteriapan

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Droid126 said:
Batteriapan said:
I'm actually just picking mine up for free in the battery bin at one of the local public recycling centers. You're not allowed to do that, but nobody really cares. I go there every second week or so on a weekday afternoon, bringing a bag cinnamon buns from my local bakery that I give to the employees how help people in the hazardous items area. That's usually very helpful. End up with 50 cells or so each time, resulting in perhaps 20pcs 2Ah+ and a bunch of not so good cells.

I had this same thought, but my local municipal recycling center has big signs saying that anything dropped off becomes their property and removing any items is considered theft. They also have cameras above the bins/area. No employees anywhere insight but I'm not about to risk that.


Try talking with them, they might be OK with it if you ask. Nothing to lose by trying.
 

Droid126

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Batteriapan said:
Droid126 said:
Batteriapan said:
I'm actually just picking mine up for free in the battery bin at one of the local public recycling centers. You're not allowed to do that, but nobody really cares. I go there every second week or so on a weekday afternoon, bringing a bag cinnamon buns from my local bakery that I give to the employees how help people in the hazardous items area. That's usually very helpful. End up with 50 cells or so each time, resulting in perhaps 20pcs 2Ah+ and a bunch of not so good cells.

I had this same thought, but my local municipal recycling center has big signs saying that anything dropped off becomes their property and removing any items is considered theft. They also have cameras above the bins/area. No employees anywhere insight but I'm not about to risk that.


Try talking with them, they might be OK with it if you ask. Nothing to lose by trying.

There isn't anyone working there, its just sort of a 20-25 foot tall canopymade of steel/concrete with dumpsters, bins, and pallets labeled with the various items.
 

Mo Sun

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anybody who has got the laptop cells in sydney? pls share the place...
 

John

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Can anybody estimate how many 18650 cells per pound?

Thanks!
 

daromer

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18 per kg. that should be 9 per pound or so. Depends on manufacturer of course.
 

Hayden Bennett

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Hey guys
I am pretty new to all this.
I want to start collecting batteries and test them.
I have called many councils and recycling centres in adelaide. Many of them say they dont expecpt them and others wont tell me were they go.

Should I just keep calling around or is there a better way to do it?

Thanks guys
 

daromer

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Visit computer repair shops. Even talk to friends and others that work at IT companies.

But yes, in some areas it will take many tries before you find any source.
 

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Dovaka

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I have several local computer shops that all save them for me and i pay .75 per laptop battery but im considering going to per pound as counting them is a pain when i pick them up.
 

neurocis

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Dovaka said:
I have several local computer shops that all save them for me and i pay .75 per laptop battery but im considering going to per pound as counting them is a pain when i pick them up.

LOL ... if counting them "is a pain" then that pain means your doing allot better than most others!!!

It's all relative I guess.
 

Dovaka

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neurocis said:
Dovaka said:
I have several local computer shops that all save them for me and i pay .75 per laptop battery but im considering going to per pound as counting them is a pain when i pick them up.

LOL ... if counting them "is a pain" then that pain means your doing allot better than most others!!!

It's all relative I guess.

I generally pick up severalhundred at a time. it seems like they are more plentiful around me then most places.
 
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