Q: Like lots of readers here, I help out at my church on Sunday with the Audio.
Recently I was reading ProSoundWeb and saw a TechTip where someone asked if storing used batteries in a refrigerator really makes them last longer.
Now, I can’t for the life of me believe that this can remotely work, even if science is slightly on the Tech Director’s side.
However, after reading all that I got to thinking about the batteries we use at church.
How long can I store batteries (the normal way, thank you)? Do they lose power?
A: Most battery types lose up to 8-20% of their charge per year, depending on the temperature they are stored at and the battery type.
This is due to non-electricity producing chemical “side” reactions that take place within the battery’s cells over time.
As you mentioned, it is possible to extend the life of alkaline batteries by up to 5% through an alternative storage method.
However, no matter how you chose to store your batteries, it might be wise to take the advice of church blogger Gary Zandstra and invest in a battery tester which can help you prevent the preventable.
As always, we welcome input from the PSW community and would love to know your thoughts on battery storage and life. Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
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