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User Manual - Batterybox

The Batterybox helps you to recycle and store your household batteries safely and fireproof until you deliver them to recycling. By recycling batteries correctly, you contribute to a more sustainable environment. Valuable materials are recovered from the batteries, and you help prevent batteries from going astray, which pollutes the environment and can cause fires.

Thank you for recycling batteries!

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Where to place your Batterybox

We have designed the Batterybox so it can be part of any home. However, due to the nature of
batteries, there are some things you need to consider when deciding where to place your Batterybox:

  • We strongly recommend installing a smoke alarm in the same room as you keep your Batterybox.
  • Never place the Batterybox inside a cupboard or in a confined space, as doing so may prevent its function.
  • Should you experience smoke, heat, or flames from the batteries inside the Batterybox, the safety distance from other objects is important, but also to make sure smoke is detected by your smoke alarm.
  • Never place the Batterybox on a surface with less than 35 cm of free air above the
    top of the Batterybox.
  • Never place the Batterybox close to a wall or any vertical surface, always leave a minimum of 3 cm of free air.

Never place highly combustible materials close to the Batterybox, such as paper tissues, decorations, or combustible chemicals such as hand sanitizers, cooking oils etc.

Never leave the Batterybox in direct sunlight, as heat can build up inside the Batterybox, which also can reduce the lifespan of the stickers.

Keep the Batterybox out of reach of small children.

How to use the Batterybox

The Batterybox is designed to safely hold your used household batteries inside the fireproof container. Household batteries are also known as primary cells and are not rechargeable. However, rechargeable batteries of the same type, size, and capacity as household batteries, can be taped and stored in the Batterybox at their end of life.

Do not use the Batterybox for non household batteries.

The Batterybox is not designed to hold equipment with batteries, special batteries, power banks, battery packs built to fit especially to any equipment such as phones, cameras, remote controlled cars, power tools or other custom batteries for electronics.

Please see the section on non household batteries.

How to tape your household batteries

Your Batterybox comes ready to use with stickers installed.

Gently pull the backing paper, and the sticker to cover the terminals of the battery comes out of the opposite slot. The backing paper should be recycled as paper. 

There are three main types of household batteries:

Sylindriske celler
Cylindrical cells
Knappceller
Coin cells
9V blokk celler
9V block cells

Always cover both the terminals, both the positive + and the negative .

If the size of the terminal is too big to be covered by using just one sticker, use multiple stickers so the whole terminal is covered. On coin cells, use stickers on both sides.
If you run out of stickers, you can use clear tape until you have reordered stickers.

Safety tip: If you open a new pack of batteries and the ones you do not use have unprotected terminals, it’s wise to tape the terminals before storing them safely to prevent short circuits.

How to open the Batterybox

When both the terminals are taped up and covered, open the Batterybox by holding the top lid and twist it counterclockwise – to the left. Put the battery inside the container and reattach the lid by turning it clockwise – to the right, until you feel the lid is secured.

How to empty the Batterybox

When your Batterybox is ¾ full, we advise you to recycle the batteries.

Where to recycle your household batteries

Different countries have different policies on how to recycle batteries. Please contact your local council or local recycling station to learn more about how and where you can deliver your batteries to be recycled.

Non household batteries

The Batterybox is not designed to hold non household batteries.

On these batteries you also need to tape all terminals. These are often seen as exposed metal parts or a plug at the end of a wire. It can also be wise to look at where the terminal connects to the equipment to find the terminals. Make sure to cover all terminals. You can of course use the stickers from the Batterybox to tape the terminals.

Contact you nearest recycling station on how to recycle non household batteries.

How to order additional stickers

Your Batterybox comes preloaded with stickers, ready to use. We recommend you keep a spare roll of stickers so you can reload your Batterybox.

If you run out of stickers, you can use clear tape until you have reordered stickers.

Contact your retailer or or distributor for to order extra stickers.

How to reload your Batterybox with new stickers

  • Use a coin that fits the slot on the back of your Batterybox and gently pry the top lid upwards.
  • Gently remove the top lid by lifting it straight up
  • Remove the cardboard core of the old sticker roll.
  • Pull out 10 cm of the new roll and place into the guides as shown on the figure.
  • We have constructed the Batterybox so you can choose which slot you would like the stickers to come out of, by leading the backing paper to the opposite slot.
  • Put the roll on the centre pipe and gently roll up any slack.
  • Gently pull the backing paper to see that the sticker is separated correctly from the backing paper on the opposite side.
  • Reinstall the top lid by putting it straight down onto the dispenser and make sure the backing paper is lined up with the slot in the lid.
  • Gently push the top lid down until it snaps into place.

End of life recycling for the Batterybox

The different parts of the Batterybox are labelled according to the type of material, but countries have different policies on how to recycle. Please contact your local council or local recycling station to learn more about how and where you can deliver your Batterybox to be recycled.

If you experience smoke, heat, or flames from the batteries inside the Batterybox

  • Evacuate and call the fire brigade.

After an event, the Batterybox must be treated as special waste. The particles and gases that may occur can be harmful.

  • Use gloves and a face mask when handling.
  • Bring the Batterybox outside and place it at a safe distance from any buildings on a non combustible surface.
  • After 24 hours, it is safe to put the Batterybox in an airtight container / sealed plastic bag and deliver it to your nearest recycling station as special waste.

Contact Whtif, as we will replace your Batterybox with a new one, free of charge. 

10 year warranty

The Batterybox comes with a 10 year warranty against manufacturing defects. The stickers are not covered by warranty and have an expected lifespan of 2 years.

At Whtif we believe in fixing and not replacing, so all distributors carry spare parts for the Batterybox, should you be unlucky and break it. Should you be unfortunate and experience a battery fire inside your Batterybox, contact Whtif, as we will replace your Batterybox with a new one, free of charge.

When developing the Batterybox, we at Whtif have to the best of our knowledge produced a safe product to help you recycle your household / primary batteries in a safe way. However, Whtif have no liability for personal injury or damage to property, related damages, or consequential damages of any kind. Liability under the warranty is limited to the value of an equivalent product, repair, or exchange of the defective product at Whtif discretion.

Under no circumstances shall Whtif have liability in accordance with other legal remedies prescribed by law exceeding the purchase price. Your Batterybox is a safe way to store used householder batteries, and not a substitute for property, liability, life, or any other type of insurance.

If your product is defective, contact your retailer with a description of the problem. If the warranty claim is approved, the faulty goods will be repaired or replaced with a new product of the same or an equivalent type.

How the Batterybox is tested

We have tested the Battery Box with a mix of household batteries together with a LiPo (Lithium-Ion Polymer) battery of 11.1 Wh., which was overcharged into thermal runaway. This LiPo battery surpasses all known household batteries in capacity. During the tests, we measured over 618℃ inside the Batterybox.

The tests were carried out at DBI – The Danish Institute of Fire and Security in Copenhagen.

Se filmer fra testing hos DBI.

Contact information

Distributors

Norway: Batteriboksen.no
Sweden: Batteribox.se
Denmark: Batbox.dk

Contact manufacturer

Downloads

TOR and the Batteryrules. (PDF)
Datasheet for the Batterybox. (PDF)
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