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How to Safely Store Batteries

Learn where you can (and can’t) safely store batteries, plus how to properly dispose of the old ones.

Mary Cornetta has been in the professional organizing industry for over 5 years. She knew she had a passion for decluttering and organization upon graduating Marist College in 2007, however, pursued it as a hobby instead of a career. All of that changed when Mary founded Sort and Sweet Inc on Long Island in 2017. Since then, she has worked hands-on and virtually with hundreds of clients to clear their clutter and create functional systems in their homes and offices. Mary runs the Sort and Sweet social media accounts, creating content and writing captions with organizing tips and inspiration for more than 12,000 followers. Recently relocated to Savannah, she continues to own and operate the business with the help of a talented team. Mary has been a weekly contributing writer for House Digest and has been interviewed as an expert by Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, and Health magazines. She is the owner of the blog, Organized Overall, in which she details how she creates organization in her home.

Batteries are often that one item that’s the most difficult to find at the very moment we need them most. The ones we throw in the junk drawer are more than likely dead, leading us to pull them out of the TV remote or anything else we can think of, even if only temporarily. This game of musical chairs—but with batteries in lieu of people, and electronics in place of seats—only leads to everyone in the house being frustrated when their things won’t power on.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this disorganization problem. There are easy ways to efficiently contain the batteries that are working while also getting rid of the ones that no longer do. We’ve rounded up the best ideas for how to store batteries so you can easily put a plan into action for your home.

Where Is the Best Place to Store Batteries?

Before you start organizing, there are a few safety tips you need to know about where batteries should or should not be placed.

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According to Energizer, batteries are best stored in a cool, dry place at normal room temperature. That means avoiding any and all areas of the house that are even remotely damp, hot, and humid. Despite the rumor that batteries can last longer if you place them in the refrigerator, Energizer explains that it’s not necessary to do so.

It’s also a good idea to keep them up and away from any children or pets in the home, especially small batteries that can easily fit in their mouths. If you plan to implement any of the following ideas, keep that in mind when thinking about placement.

Is Using a Battery Specific Organizer is Important?

The safest and most effective ways to store batteries is to use an organizer made specifically for them. Thankfully, as the home organization trend only seems to be increasing with time, more and more of these types of containers are seen popping up on the shelves.

Some organizers are larger and even include a battery tester, which can be helpful if you have a lot of batteries. If you don’t own a lot of batteries, consider opting for a smaller (and usually more aesthetic) option. Most battery organizers come with labeled compartments so you know exactly where to place your AA, AAA, D, and 9 volt batteries.

Having individual slots for each battery keeps them more protected as they can’t rub up against each other. According to Panasonic, If loose batteries contact each other, or if the terminals come into contact with other metal objects, this could cause short-circuit. This is why throwing individual batteries into a plastic bag or even lining them up neatly in a junk drawer as you may have seen a time or two on social media isn’t the best idea. The less of a chance they have to touch, the better.

Other than for safety reasons, using a battery specific organizer can also prevent a trail of them throughout the house. By dedicating a specific spot, whether in the kitchen, living room, or linen closet (so long as it’s not within a bathroom with high humidity) as the place where the battery organizer lives, you can prevent them from cluttering up every corner, crevice, or couch cushion you own. Knowing when it’s time to replace them is also a cinch because it’s obvious to tell by simply seeing the empty slots.

Consider Keeping Them in Their Packaging

If you’re itching to have every area of your home look like The Home Edit organizers had their hands in it themselves, you may be tempted to jump on the decanting trend (where you take everything out of its original packaging and put it into a different sort of container). The idea is that it should be easier to reach for when needed, and usually looks nicer than storing items in whatever type of package you bought it in.

However, storing batteries close together without a barrier could pose a safety issue—so it’s best to skip this trend when it comes to batteries unless you use a specific organizer that gives them room to breathe. Otherwise, experts recommend leaving them in their original packaging. Another way to incorporate a professional organizing effect for your batteries is to take the individual packages and line them up using dividers in a drawer.

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This Southern Fried Chicken Batter is easy to make, does not require any special equipment, and is even kid friendly. This means you can recruit them to help make the Chicken, especially if you have a lot to make.

This batter combines the perfect matchup of seasonings in a simple two-step process that will give you Southern Fried Chicken to rival the best restaurants.

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Why should I make this recipe?

If you love fried Chicken as much as I do, this is the recipe that is going to give you chicken that tastes even better than the Colonel’s Special Recipe! The recipe is easy to follow, takes just a few ingredients, is kid friendly, and tastes great! The chicken comes out super crispy, with tender and juicy meat.

Yes, there is a secret! It is the coating and the seasoning that is used. This blend of spices is going to enhance the flavor of the chicken, not cover it up.

Variations

You can add Cayenne Pepper to the flour to give the Southern Fried Chicken a kick of heat. You could also add different spices or herbs to the flour mix, such as Rosemary or Thyme. For a tangy twist, add a teaspoon or two of Apple Cider Vinegar to the egg mixture.

What is fried chicken batter made of? (ingredients)

Step 1. Add the flour, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, and salt and pepper to a Ziploc bag.

Close the bag and shake to combine well.

Step 2. Place the chicken in the bag and shake to coat.

Step 3. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and soy sauce.

Step 4. Remove the chicken from the Ziploc bag, and dip it into the egg mixture.

Then place it back into the bag to coat it once again.

Step 5. Heat a few inches of cooking oil in a deep-sided skillet over medium-high heat on the stove.

Step 6. Add the chicken to the heated skillet and fry evenly on both sides until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.

Step 7. Let the chicken drain on a paper towel-lined plate before serving.

How good is the audio performance of Bose Sport Earbuds?

Bose Sport Earbuds achieve high standards of audio performance at every volume level. A combination of technologies makes this possible. A patented acoustic port design combined with premium, high-efficiency drivers ensures immersive sound and deep lows from a small acoustic package. Volume-optimized Active EQ enhances clarity throughout the entire spectrum of sound for lifelike audio reproduction.

These earbuds are comfortable enough to be worn for extended periods of time, and stable enough to stay firmly in place no matter how vigorously you move. The eartips have an extended flexible wing that spreads pressure evenly across the ridge of your ear. This unique design provides excellent stability without sacrificing comfort. In fact, the soft material and rounded profile allows the tip to sit comfortably in the bowl of the ear for long-term wear.

Are Bose Sport Earbuds sweat resistant?

Yes. Bose Sport Earbuds have passed IPX4 testing, which means they are protected against sweat and splashing water from any angle. The interior of the charging case is also resistant to water or sweat that may remain on the buds when they are placed inside for charging; however, it is not recommended that the outside of the case be exposed to water.

No. Bose Sport Earbuds are designed to withstand sweat and weather but they are not intended to be submerged underwater.

Can Bose Sport Earbuds be used with the Bose Music app?

Yes. The Bose Music app makes controlling the earbuds and switching between multiple Bluetooth® devices easier than ever with a graphical interface. It also allows you to personalize your Sport Earbuds and access software updates and new features in the future.

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The Bose Music app also contains many useful features. You can monitor power usage, customize your VPA preferences, and create a custom Shortcut.

Please note that the Sport Earbuds cannot connect to other apps from Bose, like Bose Connect, Bose Hear, or Bose SoundTouch.

Can Bose Sport Earbuds take calls?

Yes. Bose Sport Earbuds have an integrated dual-microphone array located in the right earbud to use them during calls. The earbuds must be connected to a smartphone that supports the Bluetooth HFP profile. Call audio will be heard from both the right and left earbuds. In addition to traditional calls, the earbuds will work with many apps that use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), such as Skype or FaceTime.

When the Bose Sport Earbuds charging case is opened for the first time, the buds will automatically enter discoverable mode and Status Lights will pulse blue. The earbuds can then be detected by your mobile device. To connect a device and learn about more features, you should download the Bose Music app to finish the connecting process. If you don’t have the Bose Music app, you can follow the directions within your smartphone’s Bluetooth menu to connect the earbuds. Once the connection is made, the Status Light on both earbuds will turn solid blue. To connect additional devices, you can press and hold the Bluetooth button located on the charging case until you see the Bluetooth Status Light slowly pulse blue or hear the “ready to connect” voice prompt spoken in the earbuds. Then, just follow the directions within the Bose Music app or the Bluetooth device menu to finish pairing.

NOTE: You can connect and play audio from only one device at a time.

References

[1] Courtesy of Cadex [2] Source: Choi et al. (2002) [3] B. Xu, A. Oudalov, A. Ulbig, G. Andersson and D. Kirschen, Modeling of Lithium-Ion Battery Degradation for Cell Life Assessment, June 2016. [Online]. Available: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303890624_Modeling_of_Lithium-Ion_Battery_Degradation_for_Cell_Life_Assessment. [4] Source: Technische Universität München (TUM) [5] With permission to use. Interpolation/extrapolation by OriginLab.

The material on Battery University is based on the indispensable new 4th edition of Batteries in a Portable World. A Handbook on Rechargeable Batteries for Non-Engineers which is available for order through Amazon.com.

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Hello, first thabks a lot for the very valable information you gather here and make very easy to understand. However, I m building a battery pack for ebike and wondering if it makes sense having a standard BMS that will balance at full charge 4,2V probably and a charger set to 90% so 4,0V ? So I wont have a balanced pack over the time. My main concern is to have a long life cycle battery. I ll use Sanyo NCR18650GA fin a 10.5ah 36V pack. I know of Smart BMS that can set balancing voltage, but they are expensive and I heard their bluetooth consume extra battery. Thanks ahead for your help

After charging my lithium battery. would it be beneficial to store the battery in the refrigerator at 4 c ?

After charging my lithium battery. would it be beneficial to store the battery in the refrigerator at 4 c ?

I have two queries: 1.) In Table 2, where you have shown Discharge cycles against a DoD. Does this ‘discharge cycle’ in each row denote the same complete 1 Cycle(100% amount discharged and charged, not necessarily in one go) as we understand in battery terminology. Does this one ‘discharge cycle’ imply the same amount for all the rows in the table. Or does it derive its meaning from the respective DoD. For e.g. does each discharge cycle at 80% DoD mean the same ‘100% Discharge/Charge Cycle’ as what is there for 60% DoD? If not, then one discharge cycle at 80% DoD would quantify for 80 units of charging/discharging and one discharge cycle at 60% DoD would mean 60 units. This would mean that 400 Discharge Cycles at 80% DoD, would have delivered 40080 = 32000 Units. 600 Discharge cycles at 60% DoD would deliver 60060 = 36000 Units. And both, as the table suggested, would be left with 70% Capacity.Still pretty good, even if discharge cycle mean different amount of cycle for two different DoD %. But if ‘discharge cycle’ mean the same amount, then it would be even more compelling. 400100 = 40000 units vs 600100= 60000 units delivered with 70% Capacity remaining.

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2.) Similarly,Figure 6 should be interpreted wrt context.

Consider two extremes cycles: 75–65%. Black Line 100–25%. Orange Line

After, 400 DST cycles of 100-25% cycle it would have delivered 30000 Units(75400) and would be left with ~92%(from the figure) capacity. For 75–65% cycle, it would have to complete 3000 DST cycles to deliver same amount of units (103000) and it would be left with ~95% capacity. So, 75-65% is actually 3% better than 100-25% when both have gone through same amount of discharging/charging units. No two cycles should be compared for retention capacity on the same vertical line of DST cycles since by that time they have gone through amounts of charge/discharge units. Still, I think as mentioned in my previous point, even for the same amount of units delivered, narrow charge-discharge bandwidth would leave you with more capacity.

Figure 6 is informative, but there is not enough information (at least on this page) to conclude how exactly low voltage affects battery cycles as opposed to high voltage. Does charging from 0-75% have the same effect as 25%-100%? What about 0-85% compared to 15-100%? It is stated in several places that fully discharging is bad for a battery, but is it really? Or is it a myth, given how damaging charging to 100% SoC is?

Alex, Accubattery analyzed figure 6 and found that 75-65% wears 17.5% in 1000 cycles, 75-45% 8.8% and 75-25% 6.5% so that means the depth of discharge does not wear. it’s ok to use up to 0%. link:https://accubattery.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360016286793-Re-Modeling-of-Lithium-Ion-Battery-Degradation-for-Cell-Life-Assessment

The thing is, the smaller the SoC, the high the cycles. I have an always on tablet. I did some testing and my results conclude the SoC has very little effect on capacity retention given this relationship:

SOC 25-85 25-75 45-75 65-75 Hours for SoC Cycle (including charging) 24 20 8 4 Cycles (1Y) 365 438 1095 2190 Cycles (5Y) 1825 2190 5475 10950 Cycles (10Y) 3650 4380 10950 21900 % Retention 5 Years ~91 ~91 ~89 ~87 % Retention 10 Years ~87 ~88 ~86 ~84

According to SOK battery tech support, this information does not apply to their LiFePo4 batteries or that chemistry in general. Biggest issue would be lack of top balancing unless you have external balancer. I’ll still check around to see what can make these last longer. Their recommendation was to lower the usable capacity on the bottom end to extend lifetime (increased charge cycles but lower usable capacity).

Just a Normal Trail Day

Without the heat and humidity to whine about, I focused on hiking. Let’s see… no big climbs today, no trailside delis, no big landmarks, no ridiculous PUD’s, and no silly rock face climbs. Just a quiet walk through woods and alongside bogs, lakes, little flowing streams, and fern-covered glades. And I didn’t see a single hiker before noon. On a weekend? Did I leave New York?

I walked by several tents though. Once, I was fiddling with my phone and didn’t see a brown tent set up a few feet from the trail. All of a sudden, I heard the crash of broken glass right next to me. I jumped to the side before realizing the tenter must have been playing Hearts on their phone with the sound effects on.

Friends From Home

I hiked into the Canopus Lake parking area about 11:15 a.m. and met Northstar and her friends Kerry and Laura from Phoenix. They’d come east to watch Laura’s son Brantley play baseball for the Long Island Ducks and drove up to the trail to celebrate Northstar’s birthday. They strong-armed me to into a late morning brunch before returning me to the trail for the last few miles over to Long Hill Road.

Even with the break, I was finished by 2:30. Since the weather was ideal and I felt great, I briefly contemplated adding another five miles. But we had a sweet parking spot in the woods with good cell reception. Why mess with success?

So, we spent a quiet Sunday afternoon recharging our batteries. Northstar took Gus for a little road walk and came back with pictures of a deer and a huge hornet’s nest hanging over their path. I’d seen one of those myself along the trail this morning and had jogged past as fast as I could.

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All in all, a lovely day with near perfect weather. What a difference a day makes.

Daily Stats:

  • Start: Graymoor Spiritual Retreat Center (Mile 1,416.9)
  • End: Long Hill Road (Mile 1,433.4)
  • Weather: Cool, sunny, puffy clouds, with a breeze!
  • Earworm: Wrapped Around Your Finger (The Police). Again.
  • Meditation: Lk 7:35
  • Plant of the Day: Large-leafed Aster
  • Best Thing: Cool weather
  • Worst Thing (besides the humidity): Mosquitos

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