8 Things to Keep in Mind about Batteries
- Batteries are like bread, you want the freshest ones you can find. Learn how to read and understand labels and the date code on batteries.
- Storing batteries in the hot sun can shorten their expected battery life.
- The ideal recommended storage temperature for the most common types of batteries is 59°F.
- Excessive moisture is not good for batteries as the moisture increases the rate of corrosion.
- To help prolong the life of a battery, remove it from equipment or devices if you expect a delay in using them. For example a cell phone (even when turned off) will continue to suck power from the battery.
- The five most common types of batteries are: Lead, Alkaline, Lithium, Non-Lithium and Nickel.
- A great alternative to disposable batteries is rechargeable batteries.
- Remember, many rechargeable batteries also have a shelf-life and are only good for certain number of recharges before replacement.
Make a list of the things you use on an everyday basis such as auto, garage door opener, cell phone or laptop and list the types ofbatteries these items require. Then make a list of other things you occasionally use such as boat, tractor or specific tools and the type of battery these items use. Think about future purchases of battery operated items. If it takes hard-to-find batteries you might want to rethink your purchase. Instead, opt for a similar item which operates off of run-of-the-mill types of batteries.
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Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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