Batteries are sturdy little critters, but you should follow some simple guidelines when using them. You’ll find that your batteries will last much longer, and you’ll save yourself some money.
- Avoid using or storing batteries in temperatures above 85°F. The life of the battery will be severely shortened otherwise. Using a battery above 100°F to 125°F causes rapid deterioration.
- Never short out the terminals of a battery. Besides possibly igniting fumes exhausted by the battery, the sudden and intense current output can produce intense heat. It also shortens the life of the cell considerably.
- Keep rechargeable batteries charged. Make a note when the battery was last charged.
- Try to fully discharge NiCds before charging them again. This prevents memory effect, should the battery be susceptible to it. Other rechargeable battery types don’t exhibit this problem and can be recharged at your convenience.