With so many devices in our homes and places of work that require battery power, it is always a wise strategy to stock up spares and to keep them handy when your current ones die. Even rechargeable batteries have a limited lifespan, so it is good to stock up on them as well. But when storing batteries for later use, it is essential that you take the right precautions in order to keep them protected, ensure that they get their full lifespan, and of course to make sure that they can be used safely in the future. So, to help you get the most out of your energy stockpile, here are some tips on how to store your batteries correctly, and how to dispose of them when they are done.
Keep Them Mint if You Can
A good start when storing batteries is to keep them in their original packaging wherever possible. This will keep them protected in accordance with manufacturer standards; essentially keeping heat and conductive materials out. They will also help you remember which of your batteries are new, and which ones will underperform.
Sorting for Storage
You may find that your battery storage is made up of units of varying age and condition, in which case it will make things easier on you to categorise them accordingly. This will allow you to go through the lesser quality ones before starting to deplete the new ones, which will help you get the most out of each unit’s lifespan.
Keep them Away from Heat and Humidity
Remember to store your batteries in a cool, dry place (as is often stated on the packaging). Keep them stored under room temperature of lower, and be sure that there is as little humidity in the area as possible. Furthermore, any conductive materials might lead to corrosion over time, so be sure to keep the storage area clear of them.
Disposing of Used Batteries
Once your batteries are done, it is your responsibility to the environment and to personal safety to make sure that they are disposed of properly. Batteries are made up of harmful materials, which makes this point all the more important.
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With alkaline batteries, it is generally okay to throw them away with your general household waste since they no longer contain mercury in them, and are therefore not toxic to dispose of in dumps. Many AA and AAA batteries on the other hand, such as lithium and nickel cadmium ones, contain high levels of toxic materials, and should therefor either be properly recycled or returned to the retailer to be properly disposed of.
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