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What is the Best Way to Store Batteries-Introduction, Time and Myth

What is the Best Way to Store Batteries-Introduction, Time and Myth

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Batteries bring a lot of productivity and functionality in our lives. It is because they have a lot of benefits for portable power delivery. With the reliability of batteries for portable power delivery systems, there is a problem as well. The problem is about the state when the batteries will be out of charge and they will not be able to provide power.

This is a situation that is not very good if you are away from any charging source. Due to this problem, most of the time people like to buy and use extra batteries where one battery is in usage and the other one is used as a backup for emergencies.

Although you can buy extra batteries, storing the batteries while keeping them healthy is a major concern. So, here we will discuss everything about storing batteries that you need to know.

What is the best way to keep batteries fresh?

The biggest concern for everyone while they are storing the batteries is to know how their stored battery stays fresh. It is because there are many examples where people tried to store their batteries for using them as a backup.

However, things never went the right way. It is because when the batteries were taken out from the storage area, they were not unable, or they were damaged. So, here we will discuss some of the things that you need to consider while storing the batteries.

Temperature Conditions.

The first and the most important thing that you need to consider while storing the batteries is the temperature of the storage area. It is important to note that the batteries are not made to handle extreme temperatures. So, they must not be put in a place with extreme hot or cold temperatures.

Humidity Conditions.

Humidity is another thing that kills the batteries. It is because when the humidity ratio is higher in the atmosphere, the battery chemicals tend to react with the humidity. This makes the batteries lose their life and performance.

Protection of the Batteries.

While you are storing the batteries anywhere, you must make sure of the following things.

  • The storage area has nothing that can physically damage the battery.
  • If the humidity ratio is not suitable for the batteries, make a proper ventilation system for the area.
  • You can protect the battery terminals by covering them or placing silica gel packs near them. This will help against corrosion due to reactions caused by humidity.

How long can you store batteries?

So, now that we know about the best way to store the batteries to keep them fresh, the next thing that we need to know is the time for how long you can store the batteries. So, here we will discuss the safe duration to store different types of batteries.

Batteries with Expiration Date

Some batteries have an expiration date on them. Mostly these are the non-rechargeable batteries. So, there are no issues with storing the batteries as long as they are not expired. It is because there is no point in storing a battery that is expired and that cannot be a reliable power backup source.

Batteries without Expiration Date

Some batteries do not have an expiration date on them. So, these batteries are mostly rechargeable, and you can store them depending on their type. Here is the information about some different types of batteries.

?Acid Batteries

If you are looking to store the acid batteries, you can store them for up to 2 years. However, this is not a safe thing to do because the battery will have an acid. This acid can release several harmful gases and if the battery is not stored in the right orientation, it might leak some acid that will be bad for the battery and the storage area as well.

So, it is a good practice to keep checking the batteries and keep them charged to preserve their life.

?Dry Batteries

Most of the dry batteries can be stored for a time of 2 to 10 years. One thing that you need to do is to keep the battery charged if that is a rechargeable battery because it will lose its life otherwise.

Can you store batteries in the freezer?

There are different myths about storing batteries. One of them is that you can store batteries in the freezer, and this will preserve the battery for a longer time. This is a wrong concept because most of the batteries are not made to handle the extreme hot and cold weather. Additionally, the temperature inside the freezer is extremely cold for the batteries.

So, it will cause different consequences for the battery. However, some alkaline batteries can be stored in the freezer but the thing to note is that even if you store those batteries in a freezer, there will be no significant benefits.

Consequences of storing the batteries in the freezer.

When you store the batteries in the freezing temperature conditions, you might have to face the following consequences. Here are some consequences.

  • Decrease in the performance of the batteries.

The batteries that are made in a compact shape and form like the mobile batteries might lose their performance capabilities. On the short term storage, you will not lose the battery. However, on long term storage, the battery might be losing its capacity to store charges.

  • Permanent damage to the internals.

The acid batteries can get permanently damaged. It is because these batteries are not made to be frozen. When the acid inside the battery freezes, this can cause permanent damage to the battery plates.

  • Dangerous for the freezer itself.

It is a property of water that expands when it is frozen. So, if you freeze the acid battery and due to the expansion of water present inside it, the case could crack because it will get brittle because of extreme temperature. Here the leaked battery fluid can be damaging for the freezer.

Conclusion

Storing batteries is a very critical thing for most people so here we discussed different factors about storing batteries. You can use these factors as a battery storing guide and store your batteries in the best conditions.

 

 

 

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