In this post we go into much more depth explaining the reasons why it is important to care for your batteries. Not only will you stay safe, but your batteries will last longer, saving you money.
– Always buy from a reputable vendor that is proud of the quality of their goods.
A reputable vendor will not knowingly sell you faulty or poorly made goods. Their reputation depends upon offering reliable, excellent quality products, along with excellent customer service.
A fly by night operation will have the cheapest good possible, be of dubious quality and will be gone should any problems arise. Cheap always ends up being expensive when it comes to batteries, it could end up being harmful too.
– Check that the product or packaging displays the correct CE and ROHS safety markings and that the distributor can prove their authenticity.
CE and ROHS markings are there for a reason.
ROHS refers to Restriction of Hazardous Substances. This means there are minimal to none, known toxic materials in the products.
The CE marking stands for ‘Conformité Européenne’ which indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area. The manufacturer must comply with certain regulations in order to place the markings on their products. These markings can be traced back to the manufacturer should any issues arise. CE and ROHS are all about consumer, (i.e.YOUR) safety.
– Do not store, use or charge batteries in extremes of temperature, high or low. Only use charging equipment in good condition and specific to your battery type. Never mix batteries from one manufacturer with a charger from another without specific confirmation of compatibility.
Temperature affects performance. Batteries are electro-chemical devices and extreme changes in temperature, either way, inhibit and reduce their performance. Your e cigarette will not function as well as it should if your battery is going from hot to cold on a daily basis. i.e. don’t leave it in a freezing car overnight, it won’t work as well, and the battery will not last as long as it could.
Charging: Why can’t you mix and match?
Because you can damage your devices if you do. Electronic devices need the right amount of power, delivered the right way.
“To understand it helps to think of electricity as water flowing through a pipe. In this analogy, the voltage would be the water pressure. Current, as the term implies, refers to the flow rate. And resistance relates to the size of the pipe. Tweaking any of these three variables increases or decreases the amount of electrical power sent to your device. It’s important because too little power means your device won’t charge or operate correctly. Too much power generates excess heat, which is the bane of sensitive electronics.”
“The other important term to know is polarity. For direct currents, there is a positive pole (+) and a negative pole (-). For an adapter to work, the positive plug must mate with a negative receptacle or vice versa. Direct current, by nature, is a one-way street, and things just won’t work if you try to go up the downspout.”
Electrical devices have chargers designed for them, so the above elements work in harmony and effectively charge the device.
The linked article goes into much more depth and is very well worth your time to read. You certainly won’t mix and match ever again.
The basic message is ONLY use the correct charger to keep your device functioning properly, and keep both you and your device safe.
– Always charge batteries specifically as directed in the product instruction manual.
Why? Because by following the instructions you will be maintaining, and in some cases prolonging your battery life.
– Do not leave charging batteries unattended, and always charge batteries away from flammable materials.
This is common sense. When we re charge our devices, how often do we notice that they are a little too warm? Keeping an eye on them will prevent problems getting out of hand. We have all read about batteries exploding.
– Transport loose batteries properly separated in non-conductive (e.g. plastic) containers, and never where they can come into contact with metal items that can cause a short circuit (e.g. pockets full of loose change or keys).
Batteries short if they come into contact with the metal contents of your pocket. This video graphically demonstrates an 18650 battery venting, and then exploding after a controlled experiment using a tiny amount of metal.
You do not want this happening in your pocket or purse.
Carry your batteries separately, or have a dedicated plastic carry case.
– Do not use batteries with visible leaking or mechanical damage to the case, insulation or terminals.
This indicates they are broken, and should not be used as they could malfunction, over heat or even explode.
– Do not continue to use batteries that have ceased to function normally.
Again, this indicates they are broken or at the end of their life and they could malfunction.
– Do not submerge batteries in water.
Water and electricity do not mix. Neither do batteries and water. They malfunction, vent and explode, as shown in this video.
– Batteries should be disposed of and recycled in accordance with your country’s appropriate legislation.
As we have learnt, batteries contain chemicals and can malfunction if not treated with respect. Throwing away batteries in the regular trash can cause environmental damage, (leaking chemicals). Each and every state has its own battery safety disposal regulations, many provide dedicated battery collection areas. Please be responsible and use yours!