5 Easy Tips To Prolong The Life Of Rechargeable Batteries At Home

Home/Renewable Energy/5 Easy Tips To Prolong The Life Of Rechargeable Batteries At Home

5 Easy Tips To Prolong The Life Of Rechargeable Batteries At Home

How many rechargeable batteries do you use at home? We use rechargeable batteries in most of our electrical devices such as cordless phone, MP3 player, remote control, digital cameras etc because it is much cheap to use compared to regular batteries.

Cost wise, rechargeable batteries are definitely much more expensive. It makes sense to take care of the batteries so it will last for a long time.

The following is a list of 5 easy tips you can use to extend the life of NiCd or NiMh batteries.

1) Do not overcharge.

This is a very important point. Do not leave the battery in the charger for more than a day after it has been fully charged. Remove the battery when you see the “Full” indicator on the charger.

Even when the charger has an automatic cut off feature, do not leave it in the charging unit. Overcharging is very bad for your battery’s longevity.

2) Regular full discharge cycle.

When possible, discharge the battery fully at least once a month. You can do this by running the battery down in the equipment until it is dead.

The reason for the full discharge is to prevent thememory effect of the battery.

3) Do not discharge before recharge.

The older type of rechargeable batteries need to be discharged fully every time before recharge. Do not do this with the current type of rechargeable batteries.

Constant discharging will put undue stress on the battery which will reduce its lifespan.

4) Keep the battery cool.

Do not let the battery to be too hot when charging. When charging, it should raise the temperature of the battery a little and them it should cool off when fully charged.

Charge the battery around room temperature. Excessive heat may cause the battery to explore!

5) Use quality charger.

Finally, it pays to use a high quality battery charger. A battery charger should be able to charge AA and AAA batteries simultaneously. Preferably, choose a model with heat monitor to prevent overcharging.

A good battery charger recommended is the La Crosse Technology BC-9009 AlphaPower.

Rechargeable Battery Reconditioning Guide

Are there any ways to bring a dead rechargeable battery back to life? Some batteries can be reconditioned to bring it back to service.

For a step by step battery reconditioning guide, check out the DIY Recondition Battery Guide at www.reconditionbattery.com. The information in the manual will save you hundreds of dollar on rechargeable batteries.

==> Click here to visit Battery Recondition Guide now!

Related web page:

1) Solar Panel Battery Charger For Sale at Amazon.com

By | 2012-07-29T15:45:45+00:00 December 21st, 2009|Renewable Energy|6 Comments

About the Author:


  1. Steven Kellett December 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Great advise. Another thing to be carefull of is do not replace Ni-CD batteries that are in many solar lights with Ni-MH batteries as they are not suitable in Ni-Cd only chargers.

  2. […] ← 5 Easy Tips To Prolong The Life Of Rechargeable Batteries At Home […]

  3. […] have been reading a lot lately on rechargeable battery. I started my research since I had to buy a new battery for my laptop. The battery is really […]

  4. […] many rechargeable batteries do you use at home? On my last count, I think I have more than 9 currently in use. The rechargeable […]

  5. Will February 8, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Hi Kerry,

    You can check out the link below for different battery inter-connectors.


  6. Nathan February 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Three types of rechargeable batteries used for outdoor solar products include, nickel cadmium (NICD,Ni-CD or Ni-CAD), Nickel Metal Hydride(NIMH or NiMH) and Lithium Lon(Li-ion or Li-ion). These three types have different technical features which are not discussed here.

    Instead, the explanation here is about the basic characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of the three types mentioned. NiCD batteries, these are one of the first types of batteries used for solar lighting. Though an older one in design, these are not inferior products but something considerable to buy.

Leave A Comment