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Girl power!

So this isn’t a post about the spice girls.

I’ve gone kind of retro though.

We try our best to use rechargeable devices and rechargeable batteries as much as possible.

Recently I decided that we had too many non-rechargeable battery dependent devices about the place. So I vowed that if a battery device broke I’d aim to get one without batteries if possible.

First in the quest was the digital kitchen scale.

It had had a battery a few times but then it actually committed suicide by throwing itself on the kitchen floor.

Replacement No 1

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This scale requires no power. It only weighs up to 500g but that’s good enough for me.

Curiously the next item was the bathroom scale. This also used one of those 9 volt rectangular batteries. They’re possible to replace with rechargeable but they’re not common.

I’ve seen the impact that discarded batteries have on the ocean. A patch of seabed dies around the rusting, leaking shell.

Replacement No 2

The answer to this was a scavenger hunt. I tracked down a spring driven replacement in a second hand shop. It was recycled too in that case. It needed cleaning but it weighs me just fine. No electricity required.

Another not quite battery item that we use a lot is a vegetable chopper. Great for herbs etc but it relies on the mains.

Replacement Number 3
We found a hand driven replacement that’s quite handy. It has a string mechanism that you pull to create a force. This spins a blade that chops the herbs etc.

So it’s powered by human effort which I also like!

Now a long standing issue I’ve had is with my wrist watch. It seems to need a new battery too regularly. So I’ve debated long and hard whether to keep the watch until it breaks or find another option.

At the watch shop the answer came.

Replacement Number 4

A kinetic watch. The watch shop had a kinetic watch on sale. It was reduced by 94 euros! The battery price for my old watch was significant enough for is to make the decision. It’s also powered by human effort and doesn’t require a battery.

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The last example for now is my alarm clock. It’s been in a bad way for a while having been knocked off the bedside table way too many times.

It’s like the song says:

Waking up is hard to do!

Replacement Number 5

I checked my bedside cabinet and found an alarm clock I had years ago. It was one that can be wound up. No investment, no batteries, no effort required. Recycling of sorts!

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20 comments on “Girl power!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    June 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome post Liz thank you for sharing and have a blessed day

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  2. Expat Eye
    June 2, 2014

    If you’re just lying on the sofa watching TV, does the kinetic watch keep going?!

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    • lizard100
      June 2, 2014

      I guess it does though I’m still tempted to just waggle me arm about though!

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      • Expat Eye
        June 2, 2014

        Well, I guess that’s good! Can you do that in your sleep though!?

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      • lizard100
        June 2, 2014

        We’ll make a MacGyver gadget to do that with my arm automatically. Just as long as it doesn’t use batteries!

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      • Expat Eye
        June 2, 2014

        I might leave that to you 😉 You seem to be better at this kind of stuff – if you want me to crack open a couple of beers when you’re done though, just let me know!

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      • lizard100
        June 2, 2014

        Good plan!

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  3. bmary
    June 2, 2014

    Good ideas!

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    • lizard100
      June 2, 2014

      Fanks! I think it’s week seven of the big hair experiment now and there are more good days than bad! I’m really loving it!

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  4. Laurin Lindsey
    June 2, 2014

    I like the direction you are going! I collected old kitchen tools for years. I now find myself using them and not replacing anything electric that breaks. Just good old-fashioned elbow grease : )

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  5. silverbells2012
    June 2, 2014

    I need a battery charger with more options for different size batteries….

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    • lizard100
      June 2, 2014

      You can get 9v chargers now but I’m glad I’ve cut back on them too.

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      • silverbells2012
        June 2, 2014

        Yes, better not to use batteries at all. But then what about mobile phones 😮

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      • lizard100
        June 2, 2014

        Rechargeable devices are an improvement in some ways but they still have built in batteries. But the good thing is that we tend to use them in a way that is better for the batteries. Eg plug in and fully charge and then use until charge is very low. This makes the battery ‘memory’ range very good and should help it last longer. It’s still a dilemma though.

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      • silverbells2012
        June 2, 2014

        Yes, but not as bad as throwing batteries in landfill every couple of weeks…

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      • lizard100
        June 2, 2014

        That’s very true.

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  6. solarbeez
    June 4, 2014

    Years ago I stopped using my battery powered alarm clock and bought a wind up, but it had such a loud ticking sound it bothered me. Now I don’t need a clock…I CAN’T SLEEP! Not as well as I used to anyway. I don’t need a clock anymore. Consider yourself lucky to be able to sleep until it’s time to wake up. I wish I could. 🙂

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    • lizard100
      June 4, 2014

      Oh dear. That’s a nightmare. I do always sleep : (

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