If possible, save unused batteries in their original package. Batteries should be stored loose in a plastic battery box. Keep the batteries at room temperature in a dry, dark place. Do not expose them to heat or moisture.
Batteries can be disposed of in accordance with local laws and regulations. Often, they can be put into the trash. Sometimes, they are taken to recycling facilities. Recycling saves energy and reduces our dependence on fossil fuels.
To properly store your batteries, keep them in their original packing or in a plastic container—never put batteries inside equipment. Keep your batteries in a cool, dry place with minimal humidity, and ensure sure they are all pointing in the same direction. The number next to your battery indicates how many milliamps it can deliver for one hour. Batteries should never be stored for long periods outside of their packaging.
Your phone needs more than just voice service to run. It also needs electricity to light up the screen, play music, and use other features such as GPS. All this activity uses up battery power, so even if your phone has more than enough charge to make a call, it will only stay alive as long as any other active functions on the device. If you don't turn off these features, your phone will drain its battery faster than it charges itself.
Batteries lose capacity over time due to oxidation and corrosion of their electrodes. This means that they will eventually need to be replaced. Batteries that are exposed to heat, heavy metals, or acid may deteriorate more quickly. Your best bet is to replace your batteries every year or two based on the number of hours they last.
Separate your used and new batteries in separate containers or plastic bags and label them with the date you purchased them. Batteries of various sorts should also be kept apart from one another. If they are stored together, they may react, resulting in a short-circuit. This can happen with any type of battery, but especially those containing mercury.
Storing batteries in their original packaging ensures that you will be able to give them back to their manufacturers for recycling should you ever need to do so.
However, if you have discarded old batteries, then there is no need to keep them in their original packaging. Batteries should not be thrown away in landfill sites as they could leak toxic substances into the soil and water supply. Instead, recycle them where possible.
Batteries should be stored in a dry atmosphere at ambient temperature or slightly colder. Batteries should not be stored in severe temperatures ranging from hot to below freezing. Cooler temperatures may extend the life of some batteries, but this isn't essential for common home batteries. Sealed lead acid batteries are sensitive to moisture and should not be exposed to excessive humidity or water damage.
Batteries that are not used regularly should be removed from use for an extended period of time to allow them to recover their full capacity. Disposing of batteries properly is very important to prevent hazardous materials from leaking into the environment. Follow all labels instructions when disposing of batteries safely.
If possible, keep single-use batteries in their original container to avoid interaction with other batteries. If the original packaging is missing, arrange like-batteries in a container with all positive ends facing the same way. Batteries should not be stored with their opposed ends touching. This can lead to overheating and accelerated aging of the battery.
Store rechargeable batteries in a dry, dark place. Do not leave them in the car on hot days or in the sun. Temperatures over 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) will damage batteries if they are left in the car for an extended period of time. The best way to protect your investment is to take good care of it. Battery check-ups are recommended at least once a year. Regular testing of your battery's voltage will help you identify problems before they occur. If you notice any changes in behavior, such as shorter bursts of speed or power when driving down the road, bring your car in for inspection by a professional technician.
Batteries must be taken out of use mode before they can be recharged. Disconnecting the battery will prevent accidental discharge. Allow batteries to cool completely before putting them back into storage.
Keep your batteries in a tightly sealed container or bag. This will keep moisture out, which could damage or shorten the life of your battery. Keep your battery cool by storing it in the refrigerator. A cool location is ideal for storing cell phone batteries. If you need to transport your battery, put it in a plastic bag or wrap it in a sheet of paper towel and place it in a storage box.