The Defib Store Battery Recycling Program

The Defib Store NZ are happy to announce that they are now accepting expired lithium Defib Batteries to send for recycling. You can drop in to our Auckland branch, or mail your battery to us and we will deal with the rest. 

Unit 5, 23B Westhaven Drive


 This only applies to batteries within New Zealand that can be sent via ground post service and not for batteries that would be shipped by air.

he life of a battery can vary depending on the manufacturer; most will need to be replaced every 2 – 5 years. It’s essential to know if your Defib battery replacement date is approaching so you can have a new battery before it expires.


A study published in 2011 found that almost one in four Defib failures was due to faulty batteries, which resulted in 1150 deaths over a 15 year period.


There are three types of dates commonly used on a battery:

  1. Manufactured Date

  2. Install By Date (shelf-life)

  3. Expiration Date

Manufactured Date: This represents the date in which the battery was produced. This is NOT an expiration date. Please note that some batteries require use within 5-7 years of production.


Install By Date: This date represents the shelf-life of a battery. To ensure the guaranteed life expectancy of a battery, you must install a replacement battery no later than this date. Life expectancy of batteries will vary between 2-7 years, depending on the manufacturer & model. An install by date is NOT an expiration date. The expiration date will be counted from the date the battery was installed into your device.


Expiration Date: If an expiration date is shown, you should install the replacement batteries no later than that printed date. 


Tips for replacing your Defib Battery

  • Track the date - If your Defib battery uses an “Install by” or “Manufactured Date”, mark the date you installed the battery on the battery itself.

  • Routine Checks – Check your Defib routinely as per manufacturer recommendations. This will help make sure the device is ready.

  • Recycle - Most Defib batteries are Lithium based and should be recycled. Lithium based batteries should never be placed in the trash.

  • Replace - Check out our Battery & Pads page to shop by brand to find the right replacement batteries for your Defib