battery advice for safety & long life

battery advice for safety & long life

Store batteries in a dry place at normal room temperature. Do not refrigerate batteries. This will not make them last longer. Most batteries will provide dependable long life even after five years of storage in normal conditions.

Extreme temperatures reduce battery performance. Avoid putting battery-powered devices in very warm places. High temperatures can lead to power loss, leakage or rupture.

Extreme heat is worse than extreme cold. If you live in a very warm area and your home is going to be unoccupied for an extended period without air conditioning, you may want to consider storing batteries in your refrigerator. If so, it is very important that they be put in a tightly-sealed container to lock out moisture.

Never freeze batteries.

Keep battery contact surfaces and battery compartment contacts clean by rubbing them with a clean pencil eraser or a rough cloth each time you replace batteries.

Remove batteries from a device when it is not expected to be in use for several months.

Remove batteries from equipment while it is being powered by AC power.

Make sure that you insert batteries into your device properly, with the (+) and (-) terminals aligned correctly. CAUTION: Some equipment using more than three batteries may appear to work properly even if one battery is inserted incorrectly.

Don't dispose of batteries in a fire they may leak or rupture.

Don't disassemble, crush, puncture, or otherwise damage batteries.  This can result in leakage or rupture.

Don't carry loose batteries in a pocket or purse with metal objects like coins, keys, paper clips, etc. They can short-circuit the battery, leading to high heat or leakage.

Don't recharge a battery unless it is specifically marked "rechargeable." Attempting to recharge a non-rechargeable (primary) battery could result in leakage or rupture. Don't use rechargeable alkaline batteries in nickel metal hydride battery chargers.

Don't mix old and new batteries, or mix different types or makes of batteries. This can cause leakage or rupture, resulting in personal injury or property damage.

Don't give batteries to young children. They are not toys or lollypops.

Don't leave batteries, in or out of their packages, where Golden Retrievers or Labrador Retrievers can grab them. You may never get them back.