Wednesday, June 19, 2019

ReVolt revives dead car and truck batteries


What happens to your old car battery when it goes kaput? The repair shop that sells you a new battery will tell you that it gets recycled and that’s probably true.

But the recycling likely takes place in Mexico or some other country where environmental protection laws are not as strict as those in the US.

Thomas Hoops has a better idea. The inventor and entrepreneur has developed a device that brings dead car and truck batteries back to life.

At his ReVolt Battery Exchange store in Reno, NV, Hoops says he has revived more than 10,000 batteries - including one that was 26 years old - and he resells them, most for about $25.

Now Hoops wants to expand the reach of the ReVolt technology by making his device available to people who would open their own stores as well as to anyone who has to deal with more than a few dead batteries.

I want farmers, ranchers, people in remote areas, villagers, people who live on boats, motorhomes, car lots, auto shops, fleet owners, school districts and more to have a tool like we're using in my business today that will recover their dead batteries as well as add many more years of life to their working ones.

To finance his goal, Hoops launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo where he hopes to raise $5,000 over the next 3 to 4 weeks. The money would be used to build the ReVolt Pro-S1 device that brings old batteries back to life.

On his Indiegogo page, Hoops said the funding will allow his to commit to producing between 1,000 and 2,000 units in the first year and as many as 4,000 the following year.

Those who back the project by contributing $625 can choose a Pro-S1 unit from the first production run, shipping this summer, or from the second run that will ship in the fall.

To get more details about the ReVolt project, check out the video below and visit the Indiegogo page or the ReVolt Battery Exchange website. The site includes Hoops'  blog where he offers advice about batter care and and usage and tips for dealing with boat and RV batteries.


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