Battery 101: Battery Care
Does storing a battery in the refrigerator help extend its life? Learn some helpful tips on the best way to store, handle and care for your batteries, whether at home or traveling.
Battery Do's and Don'ts
- DO join the Energizer and Safe Kids USA partnership to bring more awareness to the issue of child injestion of coin cell batteries and related injuries -
- DO read the instructions on your device before installing batteries. Only use the size and type of battery specified in the instructions.
- DO insert the batteries properly. Follow the symbols showing the correct way to position the positive (+) and negative (-) ends of the batteries.
- DO keep battery contact surfaces clean by gently rubbing with a clean pencil eraser or cloth.
- DO immediately remove exhausted batteries from your device and dispose of properly.
- DO remove all batteries from the device at the same time and replace them with new batteries of the same size and type.
- DO preserve battery life by switching off a device and removing the batteries when it is not being used, and is not expected to be used for extended periods of time.
- DO practice proper battery storage by keeping batteries in a cool, dry place at normal room temperature. It is not necessary to store batteries in a refrigerator.
- DON'T keep batteries, especially small and coin cell batteries, within reach of children. If swallowed, coin cell batteries can become lodged in the esophagus where they can cause serious injury or death in as little as two hours. Full Story
- IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD HAS SWALLOWED A BUTTON BATTERY - PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL BATTERY INJESTION HOTLINE/NATIONAL CAPITAL POISON CENTER:
- DON’T dispose of batteries in a fire — they may leak or rupture.
- DON’T disassemble, crush, puncture, or otherwise damage batteries. This can result in leakage or rupture.
- DON’T carry loose batteries in a pocket or purse with metal objects like coins, paper clips, etc. This can short-circuit the battery, leading to high heat or leakage.
- DON’T recharge a battery unless it is specifically marked "rechargeable." Attempting to recharge a non-rechargeable (primary) battery could result in leakage or rupture. Don't use rechargeable alkaline batteries in nickel metal hydride battery chargers.
- DON’T store batteries or battery-powered devices in hot places — elevated temperatures can lead to capacity loss, leakage or rupture.
- DON’T mix old and new batteries, or mix different types or makes of batteries. This can cause leakage or rupture, resulting in personal injury or property damage.
- DON’T give batteries to young children.
Click to view IEC Non-Rechargeable Battery Safety Precautions in PDF format.
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