All about silver button batteries.
Not all button batteries contain silver,actually there are three principal types of button batteries:Lithium,Manganase dioxide (MnO2) and Silver oxide (Ag2O) ,used all of themfor watches,hearing aids,digital thermometers,cameras,computers,calculators,keyless car devices,Ipods and so for.Once that they have finished their useful life you can get them inwatch repairing sotres,jeweleries,computer reparing stores and recover all value metals thatthey contain.Since spent batteries are not completely discharged they can short circuit and blow up if you storage them in an inaproppriate way.To avoid this risk put them in a layer over a plastic bag and continue making layers of batteries with plastic bags until you storage all of them.This is the safe way you can storage and transport spent batteries.Lithium batteries are easily recognized because they are very flat,just like a coin,and behind of these batteries are the letters “CR” followed by a serial of numbers,besides,theyhave the legend “LITHIUM 3V”.These batteries do not contain silver,but you can recover the lithium.(See U.S. Patent 549103,U.S. Patent 6120927,U.S. Patent 5888463,U.S. Patent20030180604 and U.S. Patent 20070292746).MnO2 and Ag2O button batteries at first look seem like the same but MnO2 batteries donot contain any silver,so our first task is to recognize Ag2O batteries.The trick is to take alook behind each button cell.All silver oxide batteries have a manufacturer´s name,anumber between 301 to 399 or the letters “SR” and a number between 43SW to1130W,with a little practice you will be an expert.Here is the list of button batteries thatcontain silver:
MANUFACTURER NUMBER CODE
RENATA From 301 to 399EVEREADY From 301 to 399VARTA From V301 to V399DURACELL From D301 to D399ETA From 301 to 399GP BATTERIES From GB301 to GP399PAKKO From 301 to 399SONY From SR43SW to SR1130WPANASONIC From SR43SW to SR1130WSEIZAIKEN From SR43SW to SR1130WSWISEBAUCHERS From SR43SW to SR1130WMAWELL From SR43SW to SR1130WMALAM From SR43SW to SR1130W