Batteries plus bulbs have been one of the fastest-growing franchises in the US over last few years but who are they, what makes them different, and how do you find a ‘Batteries Plus Bulbs store near you? Well, in this post, we’ll take you through the answers to all these questions and more to help you get better acquainted with the franchise that sells and recycles an incredible range of batteries (for best trolling motor battery and best marine battery) and bulbs (for the microwave to the parking lot).
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Check out our ‘batteries plus near me’ finder below to find your nearest batteries plus bulbs locations:
- Who is Batteries Plus Bulbs?
- What do Batteries + Bulbs sell?
- What recycling services do Batteries and Bulbs offer?
- Battery recycling services
- Lightbulb recycling services
- We Fix It repairs
- What time does batteries plus open?
- What time does batteries plus close?
Who is Batteries Plus Bulbs?
Batteries Plus Bulbs opened their first store way back in 1988 in a state famous for delicious cheese and being ahead of the game on abolishing prohibition in the US. Established in response to a battery market with growing replacement needs their first franchise store opened just 4 years later. Now boasting more than 700 stores nationwide each with access to a huge range of battery types, from the mundane to the specialty.
The company, which started out purely focused on batteries, has also grown in other ways. Since 2010, the business model adapted to include a growing product line of light bulbs with a particular focus on providing energy efficient light bulbs to save businesses money whilst also doing good for the environment. Whilst the 2014 foray into smartphone and tablet repairs has seen them fix more than 2,000,000 million devices that would have otherwise found their way into the trash and helped people stay connected with families, friends, and treasured photos
Given it is a franchise business model, answering the question of who owns batteries plus bulbs is a difficult one, as each store itself has its own owner. However, the franchising licensing was bought by the private equity firm known as Freeman Spogli in 2016 who bought it from the Roark Capital Group. Benjamin Geiger, the person overseeing this purchase, noted at the time that “the company has successfully established customer loyalty through its unmatched product offering and knowledgeable staff” and if you ever go to one of their stores you really will find this.
What do Batteries + Bulbs sell?
One of the major reasons Batteries Plus Bulbs have been so successful in recent years has been down to the support you get in-store from their trusted advisors. Their in-store staff are well trained, passionate, and exceptionally knowledgeable about the wide range of products on offer (more than 60,000 as it turns out). So whether you’re a car or boat enthusiast, need a camera battery replaced, or have a highly specialized battery need you’ll always find someone in-store whop is able to help.
As well as batteries, you’ll also find a growing range of energy-efficient CFL and LED lights as well as fluorescent and halogen options with top-tips on installation and energy-saving easy to come by. They also sell replacement car key fobs and offer this service for all the major car companies you can think of whether your car of choice is Chrysler, Ford, Honda or Chevrolet. Check out if your car is covered here.
What recycling services do Batteries and Bulbs offer?
Stated simply, Batteries Plus manage all your battery, lighting and repair needs. As mentioned above, this includes dealing with recycling the sort of products we don’t want to see getting into landfill or being disposed of regularly do to the contaminants contained within them and the fact they still have plenty of useful parts when they find their way into the right people’s hands.
Battery recycling services
One of the best great things about Batteries Plus is that they recycle most of the batteries that they sell in-store. Their expert staff also help to ensure that all their customers, be they businesses or walk-ins, know what they need to in order to comply with regulations that govern how batteries and certain electronics are disposed of and recycled. The major battery recycling services they offer include:
#1 Recycling Lead Acid or ‘Pb’ batteries:
This hazardous material is typically found in batteries of cars, trucks, and also lighting used in emergencies.
#2 Recycling Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries:
This is found in the batteries of things like cameras, camcorders, and also check out till barcode scanners.
#3 Recycling Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries:
These batteries are found in landline cordless phones, a variety of home tools, and also Two Way Radios.
#4 Recycling Lithium Ion (Li Ion) batteries:
These batteries have been growing in popularity for some time and started making their way into a whole range of products but the three most likely places you’ll find these batteries are in smartphones, tablets, and high-end laptops.
#4 Bespoke recycling services:
As well as these 4 major battery recycling services it is also possible for businesses to make bespoke recycling requests with discounts available for high-volume requests.
Lightbulb recycling services
Batteries Plus, long the industry leaders in the battery recycling game, have demonstrated that they are serious about taking environmental concerns seriously. This is highlighted by the fact that all of the halogen bulbs and LED lights that they sell do not contain mercury (a toxic substance that affects the immune system and damages the nervous system).
Where lightbulbs do require mercury (do to the positive energy-saving effects), such as in their CFL’s, they take the recycling responsibility seriously to prevent environmental mercury exposure. They also recycle a range of lighting and bulb products which include:
#1 Lighting containing mercury:
If lighting that contains mercury is just thrown in a dumpster it will soon find its way into landfill or an incinerator. Unfortunately, some of the widest used commodities in commercial properties are the sorts of lightbulbs that contain mercury. Fortunately, the lighting that falls into this bracket (listed below) can all be recycled by batteries plus bulbs:
- Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL’s)
- Circular Fluorescent
- U Bend Fluorescent
- Fluorescent tubes
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Halogen (not all contain mercury)
- UV and Germicidal Lamps
- Spot/Flood Lamps
- Cold Cathode
- Metal Halide
- High Pressure Sodium
- Mercury Vapor
#2 Plastic Coated and Shatter Shield:
The plastic coating and shatter proofing layer on these light bulbs has to be removed before they can actually be recycled.
These do not contain hazardous materials so, although they can go in the trash in many states, it is better to recycle them if possible so that their materials can be reused rather than ending up in landfill.
#4 Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs):
Like incandescent bulbs, LEDs don’t usually contain mercury or any other dangerous chemicals. However, recycling them saves carbon emissions and defends against bad mining practices since almost all materials used to make LED lighting can be recycled.
We Fix It repairs
There are more than 600 stores with ‘We Fix It’ centers. These centers have tackled most problems a phone or tablet can come up against and given them new leases of life-saving people from the loss of data that previously we just had to accept when our phone suddenly decided not to turn on anymore. You can also have laptops, smartwatches, and MP3 players repaired here if you want to access a beloved playlist from the past or save the money and stress of picking a new device.
Here are 6 of our favorite services offered by the We Fix It team:
#1 Electronics repair:
Research has shown that the energy costs of buying a new smartphone are equal to using an old one for a decade. These findings are supported by other studies which have also shown that extending the lifespan of smartphones and other electronic devices by a single year can contribute to carbon savings equivalent to the removal of 2 million cars from the roads.
#2 Free diagnostics:
So often when a device breaks we just assume it is going to cost too much to fix it to even bother trying. That’s why this free diagnostic service form Batteries plus is such a good idea as it allows you to make an informed decision about the path you should take when your device stops working.
#3 Performance guarantee:
One reason we are so easily tempted by new devices when an old one breaks is based on the belief that if we fix something it is going to be defective in some way and will not work as good as it did in the past. However, Batteries Plus offer a performance guarantee on tablet, smartphone, and MP3 repair and give you a full 6-month warranty for the peace of mind that your repair will make your device work as good as new.
#4 Screen repairs:
Even with the best of intentions our phones can be dropped at the very moment we have them out of their protective case (the one we always intended to buy when the time was right), our tablet screens can be cracked by being placed right on the route a foot was determined to take, and our laptop can fall off the tower we had so carefully placed it upon. The We Fix It team have heard it all so don’t be embarrassed about how your screen broke and get down to your local store and you’ll soon get it fixed for a reasonable price.
#5 Everything is worth fixing:
Batteries Plus care about the environment and their We Fix It team is made up well trained and passionate staff that know their stuff. This means that, if you have an electronic device that’s broken and doesn’t feature in their ‘We Fix It’ services list, it doesn’t mean you should assume it can’t be fixed. Go down to your local store and tell them your problem and if they’re able they will take on your project and if they aren’t they will point you in the direction of somebody who is.
#6 Good advice:
When you don’t have the knowledge to know whether what someone says is true or not, it is hard to make informed decisions. The Batteries Plus team are so knowledgeable in their area and put honest advice at the heart of their business model. If they find a fix that won’t cost you a bomb, you can count on them to tell you there’s an easy fix you hadn’t noticed.
What time does batteries plus open?
As Batteries Plus is a franchise it’s a good idea to check specific opening times. You can find your nearest store using our ‘batteries plus near me’ tool above to find out what time your local Batteries Plus store opens. However, typical opening times Monday through Friday are from 8am, Saturday stores typically open at 9am, and Sunday you’ll usually be in look from 10am onwards.
What time does batteries plus close?
“But what time do they close?” I hear you calling. Well, again, make sure to check out the batteries near me tool above to find your local store and specific opening times. However, typically stores close Monday through Saturday at 8pm and on Sunday most stores will have closed their doors by 5pm or 6pm at the latest.
|Typical opening times of Batteries Plus Bulbs|
|Monday – Friday||8am – 8pm|
|Saturday||9am – 8pm|
|Sunday||10am – 5pm|
Batteries Plus Bulbs have been on the scene since the 1980s. First they led the way in battery recycling with their business model focusing on their one specialization of batteries. Fortunately, they have taken their expertise in one area and applied it successfully to a range of other areas including lightbulbs, repairs, and replacements, all the while making sure that their actions are environmentally sound and the advice they give comes from people who know what they are talking about.
So, whether you are someone who thinks it’s important to recycle, reuse, and restore, someone who needs to safely dispose of a huge number of hazardous light-bulbs, or just someone who needs and electronics device fixed and a new light-bulb, you check out where your nearest battery plus store is and get down there.