ZPower recently partnered with Oaktree Products to allow dispensing audiologists and hearing instrument specialists to purchase size 312 ZPower replacement hearing aid batteries for the ZPower Rechargeable System directly through Oaktree Products. The ZPower Rechargeable System (sold separately by hearing aid manufacturers) consists of two battery doors containing electronics, two rechargeable batteries, and a charger. The system allows certain hearing aid models to be made into rechargeable hearing aids by simply swapping out the battery doors. Hearing aid users can simply set their instruments on a charging stand overnight, eliminating the need to replace batteries every week or so. According to the manufacturer, one ZPower rechargeable battery will take the place of an estimated 100 zinc-air disposable batteries, saving the hearing aid user money while reducing disposable battery waste in the environment.
The size 312 ZPower replacement batteries available through Oaktree Products are shipped fully charged and ready to use out of the box so there is no need for “pre-charging”. Depending on how long a user wears their hearing aids and the type of streaming they utilize, on average, it will take up to 7 hours for a battery to fully recharge. In the event a user forgets to charge their batteries, traditional disposable zinc-air batteries can be used. It is important to note that active hearing aid dehumidifiers (e.g. Dry & Store Global) may have temperature ranges that exceed recommended rechargeable battery operating temperatures, which can reduce the life of the ZPower battery. As such, the manufacturer recommends removing the batteries from the hearing aids prior to drying. For this reason, a compatible ZPower hearing aid dehumidifier has been designed and will be available soon from Oaktree Products. For pricing, login to your Oaktree Products account and search item number ZPOWER312 or contact customer service toll free at 800.347.1960.