There are often wild claims about how to take care of your batteries and the best way to store them when not in use. As battery technology moves on and becomes more advanced, we learn to separate the truth from the old wives’ tales. There is often a lot of information on various sites offering advice on how to look after batteries; sometimes it can be difficult to know what is right!
With so many different questions regarding how to store your batteries, BuyaBattery offer some advice to help you get the most out of your batteries, as well as staying safe when handling them too. So, if you’ve always wondered the best way to store your batteries, hopefully the following information should give you a better insight.
Storing your batteries in the freezer
Many people have wondered whether storing batteries in a fridge or freezer can lengthen the battery life and ensure they remain in good condition. While this might have been something that worked years ago, it is not a recommended practice today.
Most rechargeable batteries manufactured today have low self-discharge rates which means they only lose a very small percentage of their charge each year. This impressive low self-discharge rate of today’s rechargeable batteries means that storing them in a cold environment, like a fridge or freezer, is no longer necessary.
Alkaline batteries have also improved over the years. New battery technology means that batteries often come with 10-year life, so again it seems pointless storing them in a very cold environment. Alkaline batteries stored at room temperature will self-discharge a tiny amount each year.
Most manufacturers recommend storing your batteries at normal room temperature in a dry area and do not refrigerate. Storing them in a fridge or freezer can often damage batteries if condensation leads corroded contacts or seal damage. Equally storing batteries or battery powered devices in hot places will lead to capacity loss and possible leakage.
Knowing when to remove batteries from a device
There are occasions when it is advised to remove the batteries from a device, for safety reasons. Always remove exhausted batteries from your device. You should also remove the batteries and store them correctly if the device isn’t going to be in use for an extended period of time. Likewise, you should store your batteries when the device is being powered by the mains.
Batteries can last for months, and even years, if they are stored outside of a device, so they’ll be in good condition to use again when you’re ready.
You should also remember that it could be dangerous to carry batteries around with you once they have been removed from a device. If you carry loose batteries in your pocket or purse, they may come into contact with metal objects such as coins or paper clips. This could result in short-circuiting, which can lead to high heat or even leakage.
Keeping away from children
It’s very important when storing batteries that you do so in a safe place. There have been many cases of small children finding batteries and swallowing them, mistaking them for sweets. In any case, swallowed batteries can cause serious damage and may even be fatal.
If you are planning on storing your batteries in the house, make sure they are in a high positioned cupboard and out of sight of children!