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How to Better Buy, Store and Use Batteries?

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How to distinguish between alkaline batteries and carbon batteries, which are more commonly used in dry batteries? Store them? Can you mix and match? Here are some guidelines for everyone, I hope it can be helpful to you.

#1-When Buying a Battery, It Will Generally Be Displayed on the Battery Packaging.

the battery pack

Literally, alkaline and zinc carbon can be distinguished. Some carbon batteries have heavy duty instead of zinc carbon. If this is displayed, you can also see if it is marked with L. The label with L is alkaline, such as LR6. LR03, LR14, LR20, etc. are alkaline batteries, while R6, R03, R14, R20, etc. are carbon batteries.

Generally, alkaline batteries of the same type are 3-7 times the power of ordinary carbon batteries, and the difference in low-temperature performance between the two is even greater. Alkaline batteries are more suitable for high-current continuous discharge and high-voltage applications., Especially suitable for cameras, flashlights, razors, electric toys, CD players, high-power remote controls, wireless mice, keyboards, etc.

You can choose different batteries according to the needs of your electrical appliances.

#2-Is It Better to Buy Batteries in Bulk or in Small Quantities as Needed?

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When buying batteries, there are large packages and small packages. Compared with large packaging and small packaging, large packaging is more cost-effective. Shouldn’t I just buy the big package? This should be purchased according to demand. Although the battery has a relatively long validity period, the battery has self-discharge. The battery you buy is not used. Put it there. According to the IEC60086, the allowable decline rate for alkaline batteries is 10% per year. The battery is 20%, so when you buy, you should decide the number of purchases based on your own usage.

#3-How to Store Alkaline and Carbon Batteries?

store alkaline and carbon batteries

All disposable dry batteries have an expiration date. We will see printed batteries with different expiration dates in the market. Some batteries are printed with a limited period of 5 years, some are 8 years, and some are even 10 years. In fact, this is not the main indicator to measure the quality of the battery. First of all, the batteries we bought can’t be stored for that long. Generally, they must be used up for up to 2 years. Disposable batteries have a self-discharge rate, and their power will decrease year by year with storage time. If you buy a battery and use it for 5 years, the power is only about 50%, or even lower. There is a risk of liquid leakage after long storage.

If you buy batteries in bulk, as long as you store them in a cool and dry place, they can work normally within the time recommended by the manufacturer. The shelf life of MICROPOWER alkaline batteries is 5 years. When properly stored, they can last up to ten years, so when you need to change the battery in your camera, remote control, or your child’s favorite toy, you can change it at will. But please pay attention when replacing, to choose the same brand, the same or relatively close to the production date of the battery.

When storing used batteries and new batteries, you can put a sticker to distinguish them. So as not to mix old and new batteries. In this way, during use, some voltages are high and some voltages are low, which will affect the normal discharge of new batteries. It is also not conducive to the performance of the new battery.

Should alkaline batteries be stored in the refrigerator?

It is not recommended to store alkaline batteries in the refrigerator unless the indoor temperature in your area is kept above 50 degrees Celsius for a long time. Normal room temperature, such as 10 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius, is a good temperature for storing batteries. Extreme heat and cold will prevent the battery from working properly.

#4-How to Make the Battery More Durable?

make the battery more durable

①Buying high-power alkaline batteries.

Our MICROPOWER brand batteries are very suitable for high-power consumption electronic products. Alkaline batteries are more powerful than carbon batteries and are bettery for the overall environment. They contain no lead, no mercury or cadmium. They can also be used to work at extreme temperatures, such as minus 5 degrees Celsius.

②The correct storage method can prevent the battery from corroding.

First, prevent short-circuit when storing, especially the battery that has been opened. Try not to contact with metal or put it in a metal box, because it is easy to short-circuit. Once short-circuited, the battery will be scrapped, which will cause serious leakage.

If the temperature in the place where you live exceeds 50 degrees Celsius for a long time, it is recommended to put it in a plastic box and then put it in the refrigerator. At the same time, it is recommended that you buy batteries in small packages when you buy batteries, so that you can buy the latest batteries and reduce your storage troubles.

Carl Zhang

Carl Zhang

I am a senior sales with 15 years in the battery industry and a bachelor's degree in economics.
I will be sharing some of my expertise on batteries and my insights into the battery industry in my blog, which should help you with your purchases in China.

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