Storing assorted types of batteries for the long term is a part of survival and preparedness that’s just as necessary as stockpiling food, water and gasoline.
But storing batteries won’t do you any good if you don’t store them properly. If you know what you’re doing, though, your batteries such as alkaline and lithium can be stored for up to 10 years, if not more.
Here are the straightforward do’s and don’ts of storing batteries …
1. Store batteries at moderate room temperatures. The minimum and maximum temperatures that batteries can be stored at are –40 degrees Fahrenheit and 120 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively. If you can keep your batteries stored at around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, you will be safe.
2. Keep them in the original packaging if possible. This extends their live and ensures you won’t confuse them with used batteries.
3. Diversify the types of batteries you store. You never know what kinds of battery-powered devices you’ll find in the future during a power outage or grid-down scenarios.
4. Keep your lithium batteries stored around a 40 percent state of charge. This will keep your batteries operational while minimizing the capacity they lose over time.
5. Store your batteries in dry location.
6. Store your batteries outside of their intended equipment. Otherwise, they’ll discharge slowly.
7. Dispose of any used batteries. You should only store batteries for the long term that have never been used.
8. Label your batteries when you store them. Part of this is simply for organization purposes to keep things more efficient, but it’s also so you don’t accidentally recharge non-rechargeable batteries, which could ruin them.
9. Research as to whether you should store them in the refrigerator. Manufacturer recommendations vary depending on the type of battery.
1. Freeze your batteries for storage. They will lose capacity.
2. Dispose of batteries in a fire. It could explode, and it will result in the batteries leaking.
3. Store your batteries within reach of small children, which if swallowed can cause serious injury or even death. Play it safe and keep batteries stored out of reach of children in general.
4. Store damaged batteries. While it may make sense to make the best use out of what resources you have, damaged batteries may be punctured or disassembled, resulting in leaking and rupturing.
5. Store your batteries next to other metal. Your batteries will short circuit, resulting in leakage.
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