InCharge Battery Station
The InCharge battery station brings the recharging station out from the garage workbench or from beneath the desk. It provides an elegant, easy to use, self-sorting solution which fits into the daily needs and pace of the user’s life.
Roughly three billion batteries are sold annually in the US alone with the average person disposing of eight household batteries per year. This means up to 2.5 billion batteries are making their way into landfill or incineration in the US alone.
When batteries are discarded into landfill, heavy metals can leach into soil, groundwater and surface water. When they are incinerated, some heavy metals may vaporize and escape into the air.
Rechargeable solutions for common battery sizes (AA, AAA, C, D) are widely available and yet do not make much of a dent into the sales of disposables. This is due, at least in part, to the fact that existing battery solutions do not fit seamlessly into people’s lives, habits, behaviors and needs. Current solutions often become power vampires after the batteries are charged. They make it difficult for users to keep track of which batteries are charged and which aren’t. They either need multiple chargers to fit different sizes or they require users to fiddle with adapters. In short, they do not provide the right size, charged battery at the ready, right when you need it. A solution needs to communicate how easy it is to use and how it integrates into a person’s daily life. The real impact of the device is in the behavioral change that it inspires.