Tips to Maximize Rechargeable Battery Life

December 17th 2009
Tips to Maximize Rechargeable Battery Life

Power tools and portable electronics are the most popular gifts for the Christmas season most of which come with a rechargeable battery. Depending on the frequency of use and how well it is handled, a rechargeable battery can last for up to five years - which means less consumption and less household waste production. The rechargeable batteries in cordless drills, digital cameras, mp3 players, portable DVD players laptop computers, PDAs and handheld gaming devices should be properly charged in order to maximize the battery life of the device and ensure that they are used to their full potential lifetime.

Rechargeable Battery Tips:

Follow these tips to help maximize the life of rechargeable batteries:

  • Always follow the charging guidelines provided by the manufacturer. There are specific recommended charging times for each individual product that should be followed before the product is used for the first time.

  • Never return a fully-charged battery to the charger for an extra boost. This will shorten the life of the battery.

  • Never place a non-rechargeable battery in a battery charger.

  • Do not leave a rechargeable battery in the charger when it is not charging. Let a discharged battery cool to room temperature before recharging.
  • Recharge batteries only when they are close to being fully discharged.

Rechargeable batteries are an environmentally-friendly power source that offer consumers up to 1,000 charges before they need to be replaced. The battery life of these devices can be maximized by properly caring for and charging the rechargeable batteries, but when they eventually lose their charge, consumers should properly dispose of them by recycling. When rechargeable batteries no longer hold a charge, Call2Recycle, Administered by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), offers free and easy locations through retailers to recycle old cell phones and used rechargeable batteries found in cordless electronic products, such as laptop computers, digital cameras, PDAs, cordless power tools, two-way radios, mp3 players and camcorders. For more information and to find local drop-off locations, visit or call toll-free 877-2-RECYCLE.