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ryangruhn
01-08-2007, 09:05 AM
1. Can batteries be stored touching eachother? For instance can I put ten batteries in a pouch of my camera bag together? If not, what is the best way to store many batteries? Are there cases? If I can store them touching, does it matter if it is side to side or top to bottom? Will storing them a certain way create a discharge?

2. Can I leave batteries in the charger (unplugged) or will the batteries loose charge? For instance, I have a travel charger that holds my batteries nicely and conserves space, can I leave them in there for long amounts of time until I need them?

3. Should I store batteries uncharged or charged?

Any help would be great!

Gruhn

canon_A620
01-09-2007, 06:11 PM
1. Can batteries be stored touching eachother? For instance can I put ten batteries in a pouch of my camera bag together? If not, what is the best way to store many batteries? Are there cases? If I can store them touching, does it matter if it is side to side or top to bottom? Will storing them a certain way create a discharge?

2. Can I leave batteries in the charger (unplugged) or will the batteries loose charge? For instance, I have a travel charger that holds my batteries nicely and conserves space, can I leave them in there for long amounts of time until I need them?

3. Should I store batteries uncharged or charged?

Any help would be great!

Gruhn
1. I store all my cells in cases where they can't come into contact with each other which leads to my suggestion below.

2. I don't know that it would increase the self-discharge rate. I suggest you purchase some inexpensive battery storage cases. I purchase mine from Thomas-Distributing (http://www.thomas-distributing.com/batteryholder-index.htm). I have the 2, 4, and 8 cell cases. You could also use the clear plastic cases that primaries AA cells come in, the ones that reseal. The Sanyo Eneloop packaging can be used as a storage case for the cells.

3. It is recommended to store NiMH cells @ 40% capacity. I store mine @ full capacity. The best place to store the cells is in a cool, dry place. I keep mine in their cases in zip lock bags in my refrigerator. Storing them at lower temperatures slows self-discharge and increases cell longevity. It is not recommended that you freeze your batteries. Also, avoid storing them in high temperature areas.

ryangruhn
01-09-2007, 06:18 PM
What about storing them in the charger?

Gruhn

canon_A620
01-09-2007, 06:34 PM
I personally wouldn't, but I don't know that it would either hurt the cells or increase the self-discharge rate.