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RegenBox is a battery regenerator that will in its final version be an open-source project. It is able to regenerate all kinds of batteries, including both rechargeable Ni-Mh batteries and supposedly “non rechargeable” alkaline batteries. Initiated by the paleo-enegetic collaborative research program , Regenbox is the first project of this kind.It was brought to us by a fellow paleo-searcher of this program who first prototyped the box using an old pattent from the 1980s that is now in the public domain.Regen Box is ecological and against planned obsolescence.This crowdfunding campaign aims at creating a community of beta testers in order to clearly understand which alkalin batteries available on the battery-market can really be regenrerated. Eventually, it will lead to the identification of the most rechargeable batteries in order to share this knowledge with everyone.HistoryAlkalin battery regeneration is a concept that was discovered by Karl Kordesch, inventor of the alkalin dry cell battery, who showed it was in fact possible to reuse these batteries falsely considered as single-use material. In 1980, he commercialised the idea with the brand Rayovac, proving that alkalin batteries could be reloaded up to 25 times.
After a fisrt prototype elaborated by our co-worker and tested by ourself, Kordesch’s system prooved that is was able to recharge not only alkalin batteries, but also Ni-Mh batteries and more efficiently. Indeed, the regeneration process is done by micro-impulsions, a “slow charging” method that is less aggressive for the components.
After a debate among the project stakeholders, it was decided that the project would be broadcasted by Atelier 21. Regenbox, the first open-source alkalin battery regenerator was born.
Our goal is to give a new life to this old idea and make it available for all. This project can also be seen as a way to evolve towards a more environmental friendly use of batteries, through education and the reduction of electronic battery waste that is still very present in our daily lives. In the long run, we would like to expand this project to other countries, particularly on the African continent where a lot of alkalin batteries are used and the purchasing power is low.
But before that, it is crucial that we arrive to our first objective : creating a community of beta testers. This group will be in charge of testing our system on a larger scale, allowing us to collect data. Thanks to a collaborative platform, we will gather and compare this data and identify which batteries are the most rechargeable. We should then be able to produce common guidelines for future users of the Regenbox.