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HOW TO STORE BATTERIES SAFELY

If you want to keep your possessions in good condition and maximize their lifespan, the way you store them matters. This is especially true of batteries. Tossing them in a drawer and hoping for the best, unfortunately, doesn’t cut it. Here’s what you should know.

  • Pack them carefully
    Whenever possible, store your batteries in their original packaging. If you’ve already tossed the packaging, be sure to store them with all the positive ends pointing in the same direction. You should also avoid letting them come into contact with anything made of metal, like paper clips or spare change, since this could cause your batteries to short-circuit.
  • Sort them by age and type
    Another perk of holding on to the original packaging is that it ensures that your batteries stay separated by age and type. This will make your life easier, since most appliances require multiple of the same kind of battery and it’s always better to use batteries of about the same age in each device. It’ll also keep your batteries in good condition, since contact between used and new batteries can cause them to react and short circuit.
  • Charge rechargeable batteries first
    Rechargeable batteries should never be put into storage with their charge completely drained. Ideally, pack them away at about 40% capacity and then charge them back up to 100% capacity before using them again. 
  • Take precautions with car batteries
    If you’ve got a car in storage, the best thing you can do for the battery is to take the vehicle out for a spin every once in a while. If you’re not able to drive the car, the battery should be removed and cleaned thoroughly before being put into storage. While it’s being stored, you may want to hook the battery up to a trickle charger, which provides the battery with a charge that makes up for the power it loses while sitting unused. 
  • Consider temperature control
    If you want your batteries to survive their time in storage, be careful about where you store them. Heat and direct sunlight will quickly decrease the lifespan of your batteries, so they should always be stored at room temperature or below, with 15 degrees Celsius being ideal. High humidity can cause batteries to corrode and leak, so be sure that your batteries are stored in a dry environment.

 

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