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How to Store Batteries for Long Term-Usage and Time

How to Store Batteries for Long Term-Usage and Time

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  Batteries can be stored for many years before being used for the first time, without sustaining major damage. Proper storage prolongs the life of the batteries and stops them from becoming a safety risk, allowing you to find them easily when you want to use them. Before we explain how to store batteries for a long time, let's take a quick look at what a battery is, and the different types of batteries that exist.

  Batteries are a set of one or more cells whose chemical reactions produce a flow of electrons in a circuit. They come in many sizes, shapes, types, and applications. The different types of batteries are alkaline, Salines, hydrogen, and lithium batteries. Alkaline and lithium batteries are the most frequently used in everyday life, the AAA and AA, which come in a stick shape and are necessary for most everyday objects that run on batteries such as remote control and toys for children.

  The two main categories are disposable batteries and rechargeable batteries. The disposable are mostly alkaline or lithium batteries, which are single-use and doomed to be disposed of once they are exhausted. Rechargeable batteries, also known as accumulators, consist of lead-acid, nickel and lithium, and are designed to be used several times by recharging the batteries; they are much more expensive than buying disposable batteries.

  How to Store Rechargeable Batteries Long Term

  When storing batteries, make sure you choose a cool and dry place. The best temperature range for storing rechargeable batteries is between ?20° C and +45° C. The way you store, maintain and recharge your batteries can have a drastic effect on the battery's long-term viability. Make sure you choose a cool and dry place to store your battery.

  In fact, the main criteria you can use to increase the life of your batteries are the heat and humidity of the place where you store them. They can, of course, withstand extreme temperatures from time to time if necessary, but, exposing them to heat above 30 ° C, will make their natural self-discharge accelerate significantly, especially for alkaline or lithium batteries. They can simply explode if they are subjected to too high temperatures, so you might as well avoid taking any risks. Rechargeable batteries will also be severely damaged in the event of high heat nearby. The possibility of leaks is also increased above 60 ° C, and if you leave a battery in a 40 ° C environment for 5 years, it will have lost up to 25 percent of its original charge capacity.

  The best is to store your batteries in a room below 30 ° C, especially in countries where the climate is very hot or in periods of very hot weather, you can also use air condition to maintain ideal room temperature. Low temperature slows down the self-discharge process of the batteries and therefore increases their longevity. However, be careful with too much cold for alkaline batteries, which cannot withstand too low temperatures, unlike lithium batteries which do not have a negative effect.

  How do you preserve batteries when not in use?

  On many occasions, we buy batteries more than the number we need to use, especially since it's cheaper that way. But once the packaging is opened, the batteries that you are not going to use should be stored so they aren't at the mercy of changes in temperature and humidity. To preserve your battery life, the following are some tips that will help you preserve the lifespan of your battery.

  One of the best ways to preserve your battery life is to wrap them in a sheet of newspaper and place them in a drawer away from heat and light. Avoid extreme temperatures, both high and low, when storing your batteries. High temperatures can speed up the degradation of almost all battery components and can create significant safety hazards, which include fire or explosion.

  If the batteries are for digital or video cameras, do not get rid of the old ones, they are still used for alarm clocks, remote controls, kitchen clocks, and even for a doll. If you no longer have use for them, don’t throw them away, they are extremely polluting. Look for battery containers in your area of residence and dispose of them properly. Some organizations where they sell batteries have them.

  Keep unused batteries kept in their original packaging, if possible. Spare batteries should be stored in a plastic battery box. Store the batteries at room temperature in a dry, dark place. Additionally, you can preserve battery life by turning off the device and removing the batteries when not in use and should not be used for long periods of time.

  How long can you store batteries?

  The quality of new batteries varies depending on the producer of the batteries, how long they were made, and the battery content. Many factors affect the lifespan of a battery. For example, vehicle batteries will last about four years under normal conditions. Many vehicle batteries may last many years beyond that.

  Alkaline battery lifespan is about 7 years when stored at 20°C - to 80 percent of the initial capacity. Lithium battery lifespan up to 10 years when stored at 20°C - to 80 percent of the initial capacity. And Lithium-ion battery can be Store in a dry spot at a temperature if possible not exceeding 30°C. Keep the battery in the percent state of charge for long-term storage,

  Proper battery storage not only prolongs the battery life, but it helps you find them when you need them. Batteries can become very dangerous if not stored properly and can cause a fire. The unstable nature of batteries requires special attention, particularly when stored for a long period of time. Storing them in a cool, dry place, preferably in separate plastic containers, can go a long way in minimizing the loss of storage capacity so that you can update them as usual when their hibernation period is over.

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