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Choose The Right Batteries And Minimize The Effect Of Batteries On The Environment

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October 28th, 2011   Although many electrical items these days feature inbuilt rechargeable lithium batteries, many of the items we use such as flashlights still need to use standard 9v batteries. Children’s toys in particular seem to go through an alarming volume of batteries. There is no excuse these days.  However, having said that for not using 9v rechargeable batteries. Not only does it make sense from a financial standpoint but also from an environmental one. It normally requires a large quantity of energy to manufacture batteries in large volumes, meaning the burning of fossil fuels. The burning of such...

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Wireless Mic Batteries – How to avoid the expense

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July 20th, 2011 Contrary to what many sound techs (and battery companies) will tell you, there are rechargeable batteries that can be used as microphone batteries. The main thing to know is what your run-time requirements are for your wireless mics. Instead of using a disposable battery alkaline battery one-time and throwing it a way, you can use  pro-audio batteries to power your wireless mics with no compromise in performance. Why use a battery once when you can use a rechargeable battery as a wireless mic batteries up to 1000 times?

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A New Way of Doing Batteries

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June 11, 2011 The Horizon Group launched the country’s Smart Battery Club this week. This is a program meant to alleviate the requirement for families to shell out money on batteries annually. It is not your typcial “switch to rechargeable battery” idea that so many of us have seriously considered, maybe tried previously, and said “forget it.”  Why is this idea so inviting is threefold: First, Smart Battery Club capitalizes on cutting edge ZeroWatt Rechargeable Technology. Unlike traditional battery chargers, Zerowatt chargers disconnect from the power source when the batteries are charged. This eliminates stand-by power consumption and saves you...

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Stewardship and Rechargeable Batteries

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Equipment Planning and Purchasing Balancing the desire to make wise decisions with the need to save money. by Jim Kumorek Any technical ministry leadership role includes planning for equipment purchases. For the typical church tech, this can be a daunting task—there are so many options, and the desire to make wise decisions can be overwhelming. Here’s what some of the experts have to say about different aspects of planning your acquisitions. Long-Term Planning It’s important to consider the long-range goals of your ministry when adding equipment. Donnie Haulk, President of Audio Ethics in Charlotte, N.C., promotes the Technology Master Plan...

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Shrink your energy footprint

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For the gear you have: Even when they’re not in use, many house-hold appliances suck up juice. Pull the plug on wasteful habits and save. By Alex Pham Los Angeles Times Staff Writer February 24, 2008 The average American home contains 25 consumer electronics devices. So to go green, start with what you’ve got. First, get a handle on your current electricity usage. A device called Kill A Watt, from P3 International Corp., makes for a nifty parlor game of Guess Watt with anything that plugs into a socket. One surprise might be how much energy some devices use even...

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