How to Take Care of Your Batteries

Batteries have become indispensable to our daily lives. Practical, they allow us to use all the nomadic equipment that makes our life easier. To understand how they work, how to get the most out of them and choose between rechargeable batteries and disposable batteries, discover all their secrets.

Here are tips on how to clean the battery compartment without damaging the device

  • First, check the type of batteries (alkaline or acidic):
    • For alkaline batteries, take lemon juice.
    • For acid batteries and batteries, use baking soda dissolved in water.
  • Clean the battery marks with one of these products and the cotton discs (wrung well to avoid putting them everywhere and to avoid damaging the appliance). Finish rubbing with cotton swabs to go to the small corners.
  • To prevent this from happening again, always store your devices without their batteries to avoid damaging them.
  • When you receive your new lithium ion or lithium polymer battery, it is never 100% charged. There is simply a control charge that is performed before leaving the manufacturing plant.
  • To maximize the battery life and to indicate its minimum and maximum, you must cycle it. The first thing to do is to charge your battery 100%, count on average 2 to 3 hours of charge. After doing this first operation, you can insert your battery into the device to take your shots. Normally use your device until the “low battery” alert is displayed, depending on the device, around 15%.
  • Preferably, do not push the discharge of your battery beyond these indications, because you would put in deep state your batteries. This particularly affects the life of your battery if the operation is repeated. Moreover, in some cases, the chargers are not powerful enough to restart the battery. Then, put your battery to charge up to 100% again. The idea is to repeat these actions two to three times to get the maximum performance.

·A battery, regardless of its technology (lithium-ion, lithium-polymer, etc.) always discharges a bit when it is not used. This is called “self-discharge.” To overcome this physical phenomenon, I advise you to store your batteries charged. If you do not use your device regularly, charge it every 2 to 3 months maximum. And remember that a battery that does not serve wears faster than a battery that serves every day and that is why we recommend Lifepak 10 batteries for sustainability and durability.