New ReVolt used battery store in Sacramento!

Our latest addition to the family of Revolt Battery Exchange centers is now located in Sacramento California. Check them out at 1601 Fulton Avenue in Sacramento. 916-269-5044. If you ever met Alex when he was working here in Reno, you can see him again as one of the owners of the new Sacramento Store! We are excited for them. Watch them grow!

Alex & Reggie
Alex & Reggie

New ReVolt used battery store in Las Vegas, Nevada!

ReVolt Battery Exchange is happy to welcome our latest affiliate battery store in Las Vegas, Nevada, using our ReVolt battery recycling and reconditioning technology. Expected to open at the end of September, the ReVolt Battery Exchange store in Las Vegas is already generating customer interest with their doors still closed! Las Vegas customers will definitely enjoy this new addition to their list of essential businesses. Welcome aboard ReVolt Las Vegas, and best wishes in your new Revolt Battery venture!

Yes! ReVolt buys used batteries!

But we do have limits, based on our space available and processing backlog.

AS OF 04/15/2020:

For a limited time, ReVolt will pay between $8 (minimum) to $12 (maximum) for each used truck or car battery, dead or alive. To get more than $8 each, the battery must be newer than 3-years, and meet other criteria which we determine when we inspect the batteries.

For full price, batteries must be:

  • Car, Truck, Marine/RV deep-cycle, golf cart type lead-acid battery types.
  • Not cracked, leaking, or having any holes.
  • Not completely dried out, has all the battery filler caps.
  • We may offer a lower scrap price for batteries which do not meet these criteria. Six (6) or more batteries at one time may require a valid ID.

If you have any questions, please call us before arrival: 775-525-3003

Can I disconnect my battery while the car is running?

This is a common backyard mechanic technique to test if your alternator is working properly. In theory, if your alternator is providing adequate power to the car while charging the battery, then once the car is started, disconnecting the battery should not cause the engine to stop running. If it does, then there is a possibility that the alternator is not producing enough electricity, or a connection to it is either not working or it is only working intermittently. HOWEVER, be aware that this test is not without risk to damaged car electronics.

If your alternator is malfunctioning by over-charging your battery, disconnecting it may allow the alternator to provide an even higher voltage to the car electronics, and potentially damage those sensitive components. Also, if the alternator is providing power intermittently, it may cause the computer lock up and produce other problems. Therefore, this test is safest if not performed at all. You are better to use a voltmeter, and measure the voltage at the battery when the car is off and when it’s running. In simple terms, if the voltage is higher when the car is running, then the alternator is providing at least some energy back to the battery, but that doesn’t mean that it’s working optimally. Get it tested if you believe there is a problem.

New ReVolt Affiliate Store in San Jose California!***

Revolt Battery Exchange is proud to announce the opening of our new ReVolt Affiliate in San Jose. Discount Battery Center has just begun operations powered by our latest Battery Recycling machines and systems for restoring dead and weak automotive batteries back to good ones. Discount Battery Center is actually working within a smog check shop. This was a brilliant combinational idea by the owner. Having extra space in his shops was the perfect opportunity for the compactness and power of the ReVolt systems to demonstrate their effectiveness and money-making potential. So, if you’re looking for inexpensive reconditioned batteries in the San Jose area with the same quality and guarantee you’ve come to know from the ReVolt Battery Exchange here in Reno, try them out!  The Smog Check Plus and Discount Battery Center can be reached at 408-338-6650 (DiscountBatteryCenter.com) for great deals on reconditioned auto batteries as well as great deals on smog checks. Please tell your friends about them if they live in the San Jose, California area.

You can be an affiliate Store too, just contact us about opportunities!  Watch for more openings as we continue to grow!

We’ve processed over 12,000 car/truck batteries from the Reno area as of October 25th 2019!

That’s about 430,000 pounds of batteries with about 350,000 pounds of toxic Lead in them. And most of those batteries ended up getting successfully recovered and were sold again to be used by people needing working batteries, avoiding the extra pollution of destructive recycling and being able to save our customers LOTS of money!

Thanks for helping us help you and help our local environment. That’s 12,000 fewer batteries that might otherwise be seen sitting on the ground in someone’s yard or a field or dumped near our river or other places in the Truckee Meadows. We are happy to keep serving our great customers and doing our small part to help keep the area clean from wasted batteries.

It’s boat and RV season – check your batteries!

Boat and RV batteries deserve special concern. Here’s what you should know and do before you depend on them for fun.

#1 Thing to know: Used batteries are not as reliable or as performant as new batteries.

#2 Thing to know: If your battery is more than 3 months old, you have a used battery. That’s right. Your battery is sort of like a tire. It can go bad from wear (used up), age (deteriorates over time) or abuse (poor or faulty charging systems, left to discharge too long).

So, understanding that, and given that most outings might involve you being in a situation by yourself or far from help, what can you do?  Simple.  Test.

If you think your RV batteries are good to go for your planned trip.  Use test them ahead time. This doesn’t mean depending on someone’s battery meter. Why? Because believe it or not, other things can fail that may seem like that battery is the issue. But replacing your battery won’t fix that.

So, a week or two ahead of time. Pull your RV out and actually pretend to use it as you plan too (at least as far as your batteries are concerned). If you have a fridge, a microwave, entertainment, lights, etc, use them for the same period and way as you would intend to. If you don’t get the usage out of them in your parked location, you can’t expect things to magically get better when you use them in the wild. This should confirm that your batteries are holding to your needs and that your charging systems are working.

If it’s a boat, well you can’t run the motor like like you would in the water easily. But you can use the boat like you would when your motor is off (lights, entertainment or other electronics). If you can put water headphones on your test to at least run the motor for a short period, you can confirm that the charging system is working by measuring the voltage at the battery while the motor is running.  If all is good, it should be between 13.8 and 14.8 volts.

If you have a boat or RV that does not have a way to charge your batteries without a motor running, then the best thing you can do when it’s going to sit for more than a month unused, is to remove the battery, bring it into your garage or a covered area when you have a battery charger/maintainer and keep it there until it’s ready to use.

The more real you make your tests, the more real your answers will be. Play safe, have fun and remember Revolt Battery Exchange for your affordable recycled and new power needs.

How do we recover dead batteries?

Good question.  I’m sure you’ve seen lots of tricks on the internet.  Epson salt, aspirin, jumping the battery, using baking soda??, rinsing out the acid and replacing with fresh acid, cutting open the batteries and re-welding in plates, using various battery chargers, etc.

If we could find something better than what we currently use we would! Because the faster we can recover dead batteries and sell them, the better it makes our business.  But alas, we’ve not found anything even close to the effectiveness of what we use. So it is the best solution we know of at this time.

We also happen to be in a retail zoned area so anything industrial or hazardous wouldn’t be permitted here. If the battery has caps, we will top it off with distilled water. But after that, we hook them up to our machines and they do all the work electrically. We don’t cut open the batteries or add chemicals or rinse or any such thing.

“Really, some magic machine does this???” – yes. But of course, it’s not magic. It was developed over the course of many years by reviving almost 10,000 car and truck batteries.

We have many commercial grade ReVolt battery machines that work on the dead or weak batteries that our customers bring us and simply tell us when the batteries are ready to test or if the battery cannot be fixed.  If the batteries pass our tests then the batteries are graded and sold. Typically they can repair 65 to 80 percent of the batteries we feed them. For more information check here: revoltresearch.com

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26 Year-old battery revived by Revolt Battery Exchange!

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In April 2018, Interstate Batteries of the Sierra’s based in Carson City, Nevada, brought in a battery they claimed was 26 years old.  It came from a customer of theirs who turned it in for scrap.  Of course, it was completely dead.  In fact, it read -0.3 volts (slightly reversed). They were hoping we could revive it.  We did.

Here is a video of the amazing recovery and subsequent testing. The battery has been returned to Interstate Batteries.  Special thanks to Gary Krupp and Don Ornbaum of Interstate for giving us this challenge and their great support and products.

Short 2.5-minute version

15-minute version for non-believers.