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Your Electronic Gadgets. Is it cruel to let them go flat?

Updated on August 19, 2011

I feel for my electronics when they die. Electronic gadgets are so intelligent nowadays and yes, I do feel a little cruel when I forget to feed them their diet of electricity.

Looking around my office today I see my GPS sitting on the bench and as the battery does not last long anymore, and I need it today, I have plugged it into the USB port on my laptop to charge. I don't want to wait ages for it to fire up after I plug it in to the charger in the car, and I don't always trust the darn thing to work after the battery has been flat, and I get lost as soon as I leave my street sometimes, as there are at least two directions to go.

When I look around at all the power outlets, I see 4 chargers plugged in at the moment, and even when they are not in use, the ones with coils in them, (transformer type) still use electricity to heat the coil.

Most of the electronics and electrical gadgets I have are in some way intelligent, storing information about how they are expected to perform, what time it is including daylight saving, or when I want the temperature to rise or fall to suit the weather conditions, and many other signs of intelligence.

In the last year I have seen that Aldi stores are now selling batteries in bulk at hugely discounted prices, Coles Stores, Myer, Big W, Woolworth are all selling large packs now.

I almost feel guilty when my lack of battery charging and replacement results in one of my electronic helpers losing all their brain capacity.

I feel a helluva lot MORE guilty when I leave all the battery charger transformers turned on without using them though!

I remembered my phone copped a lot of talk time yesterday and may be half flat by now, and as I will be out for most of the day and need to talk to a few people, I will need to put it on the charger too, or I may not have a personal communication device and will need to go looking for a phone booth. This is the second battery I have had that only holds charge for about a third the advertised time.

I like to watch my blood pressure since it got too high a while back, and have a portable blood pressure monitor.It takes 4 high powered AA batteries, so I better get an extra set so I can ensure it always has working batteries.

I will be testing a light switch that is not working for one of the built in bedroom roof fans, so I hope the batteries in my multi-meter are still OK, I haven't used it for a while, and I think my son may have left it on all day when he borrowed it.

I just stopped writing for long enough to plug my electric drill battery in, as it will need to be used this weekend.

My new LED torch is holding up well, but the aluminium one needs two new batteries, as I noticed when I used it yesterday it is no longer very bright.

My remote controls are all working at the moment, at least in my little office. A couple in the house still need fresh batteries.

I only have a few remote controls of my own.

I have one for the heater, one for the fan, one each for the TV and DVD, Foxtel of course, and I guess the mouse is a sort of remote control, and it uses 2 AA batteries.

I just hope to goodness we all recycle old batteries properly, otherwise we may poison the planet with them.

It seems that I need an electronic device to remember things for me, to keep me warm or cool, brush my teeth, open a can of beans, check my health and keep a record of where my life is going generally.

Electronic gadgets own me!


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    • earnestshub profile image

      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Cathylynn mapquest works pretty well, and my granddaughter has first digs on my GPS/

      I wish my phone and every thing else would remind me to switch the charger off when it is charged, or better still, break the circuit when charged.

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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      there ARE at least two ways to go out of my street, too. being almost as poor as a church mouse, i rely on mapquest. you can send me your old GPS when you upgrade, how about it?

      my cell phone reminds me to unplug the charger (my - well, really my boss's - only charger) when i disconnect it.

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks hafeemzrm, that would be a wonderful idea.

      Induction chargers are hitting the market as we speak, but so far, one has to sit the electronic devices in a holder.

      I wonder how much induction would add to the signals and electrons already flying around in the home?

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      hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks for the hub. I see a lot of toys being kicked around by my 3 little grand children as they battery cells are finished. By the time, I get replacement cells, the kids have already broken them into pieces in rage.

      You are a visionary. Develop a charging gadget like WIFI. Just by placing in a nearby area, all required power can be provided. It would a breakthrough making you a billionaire.

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      A very honest comment! We are all guilty of this new crime of waste. We need chargers that sense when they are not in use and cut the circuit to the coil. Coming to a retailer near you soon no doubt!

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      truthfornow 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I can relate to this. I have every outlet in my apartment hooked up to a charger that is not even charging anything at the moment. Shame on me.

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you for the comment. Your mom may have had something there! I think I may take to my store of old electronics and give them another thinning out, I'm still pulling data off my last computer, so it will be last on my list.

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      mtsi1098 6 years ago

      hi earnestshub - get technology involved and everything gets ruined - my mom used to say. After having worked with technology for more than 25 years I have an entire closet full of gadgets (some that work and some that do not). I have another gym bag full of all the chords and power units so I can understand the problems. I can only say that it is a good thing your computer can still connect to hubpages for writing :) Good luck

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Hello, hello. I just had to put one of my chargers down. I hope it gets a good next life at the recyclers.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      What a love and cute hub. You do have a caring heart.

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Moira, I have the same thing going on in my car.

      I noticed the local car shop is selling cigar lighter extensions that have 6 plugins for chargers and other gadgets in the car. It's getting a bit crazy!

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Nice hub earnestshub! I love my electronic gadgets too and I have all these chargers all over the place. Of course, each one has to have its equivalent car charger too because any of my gadgets going "flatline" is equivalent to a disaster for me.

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      invitationwrite 6 years ago

      I don't know the answer,can you tell me more about it??

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Jama I still have a solar operated calculator I bought in the late seventies. It does not need direct sunlight to run and operates of the light that is in the room.

      I used it today in fact. :)

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Hi Keith. It's surprising how much electricity the chargers burn when left plugged in.

      There are 16 batteries in our Wii alone, and with the kids using it right through the holidays, the controls are constantly in their charger.

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      At the risk of dating myself, I do remember solar-powered calculators, and wonder why we haven't adapted that to run cell phones and other portable electronic devices. Or at least come up with batteries that could be re-charged in daylight or the light from a table lamp, in a sense making them self-charging. ;D

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      HI ern, it's a bit scary when you add them all up and the power they use adds up too. We bought two new TVs recently, but they are different makes, with different remotes. It's hard to remember all the functions, especially when you don't use them that often. Oh well, i've got to perform in the kitchen as Lynn is exercising. cheers mate.

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I'm waiting for them to invent a battery that charges itself.

      I am moving office and have so many chargers to take with me they will occupy a big packing box on their own.

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      Gustave Kilthau 6 years ago from USA

      Howdy Ernie - It is tough to see old friends go ampereless, but that they do in time. I use lots of rechargeable batteries and even the rechargers croak after a while, unable to suck up any more zap. Used to be that those NICADS were all you could get in the way of rechargeables. They were sneaky things. If you let them discharge all the way, you could not bring them back to life again. Same-O if you kept recharging them all the time before they ran down enough - they would crater earlier in life - much like killing little kids I used to think. Now I am onto Nickle-Metal-Hydrides. They can only take "so many" recharges before their muscles atrophy. I personally recharge with coffee and ice cream, plus a bit of yogurt now and then. I can see where that is going to go after a while, too.

      Gus :-)))

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Hi Friend Prasetio! Funny you should say your mobile is not mobie.... mine has never run on battery or ever been used other than on my office desk with extra screen, keyboard and mouse attached!

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      earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Hi JamaGenee! The GPS was invented for people like me, and as far as all these battery munchers, they do save hours every day I suppose.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My laptop batteries was broken, so I change this with UPS. My laptop isn't for mobile now, but it looks like a personal computer which can't go anywhere. Thanks for share about what happened in your gadget. I hope the best for us. Cheers...


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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Earnest, thanks for reminding me to plug my cell phone into its house charger, because I've never been sure the car charger actually works! I do somehow manage, though, to get myself to places I need to go without a GPS, but how in the world did we ever survive without all these electronic battery eaters??? ;D


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