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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Storing And Organizing Batteries

Batteries are one of those small items that everyone has to have in today's world. But because they are small, they can get lost easily. If you don't keep them corralled you end up losing the batteries, buying more batteries because you can't find them or getting them mixed up with dead batteries. It's pretty easy to organize batteries. I did a Google image search looking for ideas to store and organize your batteries. There are a lot of handy-dandy caddies for batteries out there. They aren't that expensive. I have one. Google "battery storage" and you will find them everywhere from Amazon to Lowes or Home Depot. Some of the ideas for battery storage were from recycled items which is always a great idea. Then there are those smart people who re-purpose things for their specific needs. For instance using plastic shoe boxes for storing batteries! And then those handy people who make their own caddies. Anyway, I tried to pick out photos of different ideas for storing your batteries. Let them inspire you to tackle your battery storage. Oh, wait a minute, that's an idea! Use a tackle box for battery storage?

For some people it makes sense to keep all your household batteries in one place. I do. But for others they like to have batteries in each room. For instance keeping AA or AAA batteries in a box or drawer in the living room for the remote controls but keeping C's or D's in the utility room where you keep your flashlights. Whatever makes sense to you is how you should do it. It has to work for you. But if it's not working for you or your family, then re-think and re-organize.

Battery care:
Use the correct size and type of battery specified by the manufacturer of your device.
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 household (AC) current.
Make sure that you insert batteries into your device properly, with the + (plus) and – (minus) terminals aligned correctly. CAUTION: Some equipment using more than three batteries may appear to work properly even if one battery is inserted incorrectly.
Store batteries in a dry place at normal room temperature. Do not refrigerate batteries; this will not make them last longer. Extreme temperatures reduce battery performance. Avoid putting battery-powered devices in very warm places. Some dead batteries and batteries that are exposed to extremely high temperatures may leak. A crystalline structure may begin to form on the outside of the battery.
Do not attempt to recharge a battery unless the battery specifically is marked “rechargeable.”

Alkaline Battery Disposal:
Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Never dispose of batteries in fire because they could explode. It is important not to dispose of large numbers of alkaline batteries in a group. Used batteries are often not completely dead. Grouping used batteries together can bring these live batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks.

Rechargeable Battery Disposal:
Due to the chemicals in them, you should recycle rechargeable, lithium, lithium ion, and zinc air batteries.
Rechargeable batteries like the ones found in everyday household items such as cameras, cell phones, laptops, and power tools should also be recycled. Look for the battery recycling seals on rechargeable batteries.

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