The Li-ion batteries’ second life after being recycled

XTAR Light

Apr 26, 2010
By reusing recycled Li-ion battery materials, it will reduce the demand for new resources, and minimize waste generation. It will also contribute to a more sustainable economy.

The battery recycling typically involves three main stages. The first stage is pretreatment, involving mechanical shredding, the separation of plastic fluff and non-ferrous materials. The secondary treatment phase focuses on separating the cathode from the aluminum collector foil using a chemical solvent. Lastly, the cathode materials are dissolved in either leaching chemicals or through heat and electrolytic reactions.

A Li-ion battery is primarily composed of some important minerals. They can be extracted and reused in new batteries' production. So it will lower manufacturing costs. The minerals within the battery account for almost half of the total cost of current lithium batteries. The costs of the three most expensive ingredients in the battery cathode include cobalt, nickel, and lithium. By recycling and recovering these valuable materials, it will reduce the potential quantity of material ending up in landfills from battery scraps.

Besides, the recovered metals from recycled Li-ion batteries can also be used in some industries. The refined metals are suitable for applications, such as in the production of stainless steel or other metal alloys. Some other recovered materials, such as copper and aluminum, they can be reused in the manufacturing of various electronic devices and consumer goods...

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Flashlight Enthusiast
Mar 12, 2011
Champlain Valley
Thank You for the efforts and information.
All lithium based cells should be recycled.
There are too many consumers who unknowingly discard lithium based devices and cells within regular trash,
which often ends up in land fills.

I own several Xtar chargers and do like them.

Can You comment on ways, or programs, that are or should be available in United States to get them properly
recycled? Does Xtar offer any recycling programs of primary and rechargeable lithium cells?

Do You have any recommendations on how to recycle the many devices containing lithium based cells
that many consumers normally have discarded without knowledge of proper disposal and the recovery of
the precious metals they contain?

The largest offender I know of is the e-cigarette industry and all the disposables that are sold.

Thank You