Prolonging the life of consumer batteries
Tuesday February 6, 2018
How long can I store batteries?
If stored at room temperature, cylindrical alkaline batteries have a shelf life of approximately five years. Cylinder carbon batteries last about two years. Lithium cylinder types can be stored between 10-15 years. Prolonged storage at elevated temperatures will shorten the battery’s life.
What are the different types of batteries and how should they be used?
The two main types of batteries are lithium and alkaline.
1. Lithium batteries are high-performing batteries that can be used to power game remote controllers and other devices that are constantly in use. You can also purchase rechargeable lithium batteries that can be used multiple times, which makes them a more eco-friendly choice.
2. Alkaline batteries are the most common batteries used by consumers. They are often used to power toys and TV remote controls and are also a more economical choice than lithium batteries.
How do I keep my batteries clean?
Some may think it is not important to keep batteries clean. However, a dirty battery can cause a bad connection between the battery and the device it is powering. We suggest that you clean battery contacts with a cotton swab. Dry the battery completely before use.
How do I recycle my batteries?
Once batteries have reached the end of their lifespan, it’s important to remember not to just throw them away, but to recycle them. The website Earth911 will conduct a search on your behalf of all the local recycling centers in your area. All you need to do is enter the type of battery you wish to dispose of and your zip code.
How do I store my batteries when not in use?
One good practice for proper battery storage is to keep them in their original package if possible. This will reduce the chance of the batteries creating an electric charge when mixing with other metal materials that may also be inhabiting your junk drawer. It also ensures you don’t confuse fully-charged batteries with those that are not (we all have those in the junk drawer!). Try to keep your batteries at room temperature and try to avoid areas with high humidity, which can increase the risk of leakage or the battery not performing to its maximum capacity.
Does putting batteries in the freezer or refrigerator really make them last longer?
Many of us have heard that placing a battery in the refrigerator or freezer makes the battery last longer. This myth is exactly that, a myth. This type of cold storage can actually harm the battery if condensation results in corroded contacts or label or seal damage due to extreme temperature storage. For more information on the do’s and don’ts of battery care or additional battery-related questions, please visit www.upgi.com. We enjoy hearing feedback from our customers and want to answer any questions you may have about our products.