Save Money And Get Longer Life Out Of Your Batteries

Every clever and crafty tinkerer knows that sometimes there is just the right trick to make something work. When one of our reliable and necessary devices all of a sudden lets us down – the battery goes bad, the on/off toggle stops working, the bulb is out – it seems that there is always one little change that a master handyman can do to get it going again. When it comes to batteries, in particular, there are a few tricks that you may not know that will help you to become an expert fixer-upper in the case of a bad battery or mysterious malfunctioning.

Batteries are notorious for being a pain to deal with, but whether we like it or not, a good deal of the devices in our lives depend on battery power to function properly. Our mobile phones, laptops, radios, vacuum cleaners and even cars depend on full charge to perform at their best. Unfortunately for us, batteries are sensitive to light, heat, water, motion, and age, so there is bound to come a time when your battery is not doing what it is supposed to. Thankfully there are a few tricks that you ought to have up your sleeves in times like those so that you will save money and time on battery replacement and problem diagnosis.

Heating and Cooling: Restoring Batteries from the Dead

If a battery in one of your household devices is all of a sudden not holding a charge like it used to, not powering your item correctly, or otherwise malfunctioning, an age old method of boosting it back up to full speed again is chilling it for 24-48 hours. You can do this by removing the battery from your device, wrapping it in plastic wrap, putting it into a closed bag and placing it into your freezer for a day or two. This chilling method will work on rechargeable batteries, such as those you might have in your mobile phone, flashlight or camera. The cold air gives the battery enough juice to come back up to full power when it is removed from the freezer and charged. Be sure to run down your battery to a low or fully dead level before placing it in the freezer.

Did water damage get the best of you after you sent your mobile phone or MP3 music device sailing into the depths of the washer or toilet? If there is any hope at all for your device, it will probably come from drying the battery out immediately in a warm oven. If your battery has sustained contact with the water, remove it and place it on a baking sheet in an oven at a very low temperature for up to several hours, as if you were dehydrating something. When you remove it from the oven, try then placing it into a bag of rice or other solid grain that will work to intake the moisture from the battery (or even the whole device) even more, and leave it there for 1-3 days. These two methods will likely prevent you from having to purchase a brand new battery, or even a brand new device altogether.

Finally, if you are struggling with batteries holding their charge and want to ensure a long life for your rechargeable batteries, make sure that you let your batteries run down to almost empty or empty on a regular basis. This practice is far better for your batteries than having them be fully charged all of the time. You will save big on battery replacement and get more use out of all your battery powered devices if you let them run down at least once a month. If you find you do have to replace your batteries but are short on cash, turn to for help.

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