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Battery Care Guidelines

Charge, Maintain, Rebuild, Recycle.

About Recycling

Improper disposal of batteries can lead to contamination of soil and ground water. Recycling transforms the harmful elements from landfills into new products, ranging from wheel weights to chrome vehicle bumpers.

Batteries Plus Bulbs participates in EPA-approved methods for recycling, which brings our customers in full compliance with all federal, state, municipal, EPA and DOT regulations governing disposal of lead acid, Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion).

Cordless Tools

Charging
Charge the battery when you feel a slight decrease in power. Draining the battery down to the point where it no longer runs can damage the battery. Periodically charge the battery overnight to achieve optimum run time and battery life.

Maintaining
Store the battery in a cool dry place. Exposure to high temperatures and direct sunlight may reduce the life of the battery.

Rebuilding
Don’t throw that old battery away. If the original battery is no longer manufactured, our store locations can rebuild most cordless tool batteries in our on-site tech centers.

Recycling
NiCd, NiMH, & Li-Ion batteries are 100 percent recyclable.


Cell Phone

Charging
Activate your new battery with an initial charge of four to six hours before use. Maximum run time will not be achieved until the battery has been cycled (charged/discharged) three to six times. Continuous charging of the battery with your vehicle charger will reduce the life of the battery. Remove the battery from the charger when charging is complete.

Maintaining
The term “memory” only applies to Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries. Recognize the chemistry of your battery for proper care. All current cell phone battery models are Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) or Lithium Polymer (Li-Poly). These chemistries do not exhibit any “memory”. Store the battery in a dry place at or below room temperature without exposure to direct sunlight.

Recycling
Li-Ion & Li-Poly batteries are 100 percent recyclable.

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Power Sport

Charging
Proper charging with a two-Amp (or less) unit will extend service life. Initial charge should be for four to six hours.

Maintaining
If your battery has removable vent caps, regularly check the electrolyte level and add distilled water. If battery will not be used for extended periods, disconnect cables, fully charge and store in a cool, dry place. A topping charge should be applied every four to six months.

Recycling
Xtreme® batteries are 100 percent recyclable.

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Digital Cameras / Camcorders

Charging
Activate your new NiCd or NiMH battery with an initial charge of 12-16 hours before use. Li-Ion and Li-Polymer batteries only need four to six hours of charging. Maximum run time will not be achieved until the battery has been cycled (charged/discharged) three to six times. Do not store the battery on the charger. Overcharging will reduce the service life of the battery.

Maintaining
The term “memory” only applies to Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries. For those digital cameras or camcorders using NiCd batteries, prevent the “memory” effect by storing the device off of the base unit/charger until the “low battery” signal is indicated. When storing the battery, store in a dry place at or below room temperature or below, without exposure to direct sunlight.

Recycling
NiCd, NiMH, Li-Ion batteries and & Li-Polymer are 100 percent recyclable.

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Cars / Trucks

Charging
If your vehicle is not routinely used, charging your battery may be necessary. An unused battery will self-discharge over time, depending on the type of battery and various temperatures. Undercharged batteries may suffer permanent damage and premature failure. Click here to see our selection of chargers.

Maintaining
Loose or corroded terminals will lead to weak starts and poor battery charging. Clean posts and connectors with a wire brush for best connection. Remove dirt from case using a 50/50 solution of baking soda and water. Dry the battery completely.

Recycling
Werker® batteries are 100 percent recyclable.

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Wheelchairs and Mobility Applications

Charging
Charge the battery after every use. Consistently running this type of battery down completely decreases the total amount of charge/discharge cycles that the battery can provide. Use the charger specifically designed for your type of battery. Do not use an automotive or wet-type charger on sealed gel batteries.

Maintaining
Always store your battery fully charged. A topping charge should be applied every four to six months to help keep the voltage from dropping. It is best to store the battery in a cool, dry place and disconnected when not in use. Avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures when storing.

Recycling
Werker SLA batteries are 100 percent recyclable.

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Laptops and Computers

Charging
Activate your new laptop battery with an initial charge of four to six hours before use. Your battery will need to be fully charged and discharged up to five times before it will perform at full capacity. Do not leave batteries discharged but discharge the battery periodically until the laptop displays the low battery warning, then recharge. This will maintain accuracy of the battery’s state of charge indicator or fuel gauge. Charge after every use but then disconnect AC charger whenever practical. Leaving a charger connected with the battery installed for long periods can shorten the battery life.

Maintaining
If battery life is poor after periods of low usage, let it charge and discharge three to four times to restore the charge. Turning off accessories that are not in use, such as Bluetooth® or your wireless modem, will contribute to much longer battery run time.

Recycling
Li-Ion & Li-Polymer batteries are 100 percent recyclable.

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Marine

Charging
Whether docked or in off-season storage, marine batteries may need charging before use. An unused battery will self-discharge over time depending on the type of battery and various temperatures. Undercharged batteries may suffer permanent damage and premature failure.

Maintaining
Loose or corroded terminals will lead to weak starts and poor battery charging. If your battery has removable vent caps, regularly check the electrolyte level and add distilled water, if low. It is best to store the battery in a cool, dry place and disconnected when not in use. A topping charge should be applied every four to six months to help keep the voltage from dropping. Avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures when storing.

Recycling
Werker batteries are 100 percent recyclable.

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Cordless Phones

Charging
Activate your cordless phone battery with an initial charge of 12-16 hours before use for NiCd and NiMH, four to six hours for Li-Ion. Maximum run time will not be achieved until the battery has been cycled (charged/discharged) three to six times. Continuous charging of the battery with your unit/base charger will reduce the life of the battery. Remove the battery from the charger when charging is complete.

Maintaining
The term “memory” only applies to Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries. For phones using NiCd batteries you can prevent the “memory” effect by storing the phone off of its base unit/charger until the “low battery” light is indicated. When storing the battery, store in a dry place at or below room temperature, without exposure to direct sunlight.

Recycling
NiCd, NiMH, & Li-Ion batteries are 100 percent recyclable.

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Questions? Contact us or visit your nearest store.