Mercury batteries

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by jwr4, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. jwr4

    jwr4 Guest

    Last night on the local news there was a story about how this state (ME)
    wants to ban mercury batteries in kids toys that have bullt in lights.

    It was made clear that mercury batteries would still be available for
    hearing aids and cameras.

    I thought there was a nationwide ban on mercury batteries years ago? Was
    this another instance of reporters not knowing what they are talking
    about?
     
    jwr4, Dec 16, 2004
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  2. Probably, because how can the manufacturer or seller of a battery know what
    you are going to use it for? These kinds of things are best handled at the
    manufacturing level. IOW, stop letting manufacturers market devices that are
    made to use these types of batteries, and eventually, there will no longer
    be any call for them, and they will disappear from the market. As long as
    there are devices that need them, they will be available, and some kid will
    swallow one now and then. Smog control is the same way. Do it at the
    manufacturing level. the inspection business, designed to catch the
    occasional teenager who soups up the family sedan, is a loser, and just
    costs millions of people billions of dollars.......
     
    William Graham, Dec 16, 2004
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  3. jwr4

    jwr4 Guest

    I think you missed my point. If these batteries are still being made,
    where can I find them.

    No replacement has ever been made. The mercury batteries originally used
    in my 30 year old camera would last 8 to 10 years. The crappy air cell
    replacements seldom last a few months.
     
    jwr4, Dec 16, 2004
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    Stephen Guest

    In the USA, the EPA didn't directly ban them. The EPA required the
    battery manufacturers to set up a recycle program or stop making the
    mercury batteries. It was cheaper to stop making them.

    Stephen


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    Stephen, Dec 16, 2004
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    ColynG© Guest

    Check out my site listed below for an inexpensive way to substitute
    silver cells in mercury powered cameras.

    http://www.colyngoodson.com/cameras.html

    http://www.colyngoodson.com/minolta.html



    Colyn Goodson
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    ColynG©, Dec 16, 2004
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    Ron Todd Guest

    Sounds kind of fishy. AIR, the last manufacture of Mercury Cells was
    the ChiComs and they have quit. The only remaining availability is
    very limited old stock.

    My understanding was that since hearing aides and cameras were the
    heaviest users of Mercury cells, hence the banning the US and Europe
    aggressively enforced against them over a decade ago.
     
    Ron Todd, Dec 17, 2004
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    Jeremy Guest

    I just bought some GE high-efficiency fluorescent replacements for regular
    light bulbs--the kind that screw into regular lamp sockets. The packaging
    said that they contain mercury!

    I suspect that these bulbs have more mercury in them than those little
    button batteries did. So much for banning mercury batteries to cut down on
    mercury pollution!
     
    Jeremy, Dec 18, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The amount of mercury in a flourescent bulb is far less than in a tube (4 ft)
    which in some cases exceeds reg. levels. I would bet that a Hg battery has a
    lot more Hg in it.

    http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/hwb/data/Fact Sheets/FACT SHEET FOR FLOURESCENT BULBS AND BALLASTS.doc

    It is in gas form on the lamp, but will condense to liquid when the bulb is broken.
     
    Alan Browne, Dec 18, 2004
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  9. Think of all the mercury there was in all those mercury vapor street lights
    that have been changed to high-pressure sodium during the 70's.....I wonder
    how they recycled those.....Or perhaps, just threw them away....:^)
     
    William Graham, Dec 19, 2004
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  10. I don't know about other utilities, but we (in SC) send them back to
    hazardous waste recyclers in special drums. We are not even allowed to put
    any type of batteries in the trash at work - has to go to a hazardous waste
    recycle receptical, which is provided - same with the flourescent light
    bulbs, except only the maintenance people can touch them.
    Mike
     
    Michael Michaelski, Dec 20, 2004
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