Rechargeable Battery Tips
- Read and follow the charging instructions provided with your product. Each charger utilizes a specific strategy to charge the battery.
- Charge your new battery overnight (14-16 hours) before using it for the first time. This is called “initializing” and will enable you to obtain maximum battery capacity.
- Let your battery cool to room temperature before recharging. The charge efficiency of most batteries is greatly reduced at elevated temperatures.
- Recharge batteries only when they are near to fully discharged. You can tell that a battery is discharged by a sharp drop in power or speed of the equipment it energizes.
- When your rechargeable battery can no longer hold a charge… RECYCLE IT! Recycling rechargeable batteries is simple and easy and can be done at local Radio Shacks, Circuit City, and Midland Tool Specialty.
- The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) recycles the following portable rechargeable battery chemistries:
- Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
- Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
- Lithium-Ion (Li-ion)
- Small Sealed Lead (Pb)*
- Weighing less than 2 lbs./1kg.
- These batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys.
- Return a fully-charged battery to the charger for an “extra boost.” This will overcharge the cells and shorten the life of the battery.
- Leave your cellular phone, camcorder, etc. in the charger when not charging (unless approved by the manufacturer’s instructions). Don’t use your charger as a stand. Continuous charging will shorten battery life.
For more information, please visit the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation website at www.rbrc.org.