Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 8th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
In Portland, we're fortunate to have many local businesses and organizations that support bicycling. Free Geek, a non-profit based in Southeast Portland that recycles and sells used computers and parts, makes biking easier by selling a few accessories in their Thrift Store.
One of the items they sell is a bike light (the Knog Beetle 2). Today, an alert reader informed me that Free Geek will give everyone who buys one of them free batteries for life.
The Knog light is powered by watch (button-type) batteries, which Free Geek says can be quite expensive. Well, it just so happens that Free Geek has an abundant supply of those batteries. Here's how they put it on a story posted to their blog:
"...as luck would have it, Free Geek is swimming in these things, since they’re the same button batteries that run the system clock on almost every computer we recycle."
Anyone that buys one of the bike lights from Free Geek (they're $15 each) will get a laminated card that allows you to exchange old batteries for new ones with "plenty of life left".
Here is the fine print on the card:
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The bearer of this card is entitled to exchange up to 5 dead 3.0v, wafer batteries (a.k.a. 2032s) for working ones each day in the Free Geek Thrift Store. This offer will remain valid as long as we are able to meet the demand. Barring plague, pestilence, Zombie Apolcalypse, the imposition of martial law, or the Earth’s sun experiencing a supernova event, we see no reason we will not be swimming in these things for a long, long time; we can’t legally use the F-word, so let’s just call it “Phorever.”