Charge Into The New Year With Tips For Everyday Battery Needs
If there’s one thing we learnt from the last few years it’s being prepared for anything. This means nailing the small things like checking your car battery regularly, ensuring you are equipped with the right tools before you head off on a big road trip, but most importantly, stocking up on the essentials, or what Battery World likes to call – the everyday battery.
To ensure all your essentials are working around the home, here are a few items and batteries that need to be top of mind as you charge into the new year.
Handheld Devices and Safety
Portable speakers, radios, wearable devices and fan remotes to name a few, all require a 9 Volt battery. One of the most important essentials also requiring a 9 Volt battery is a smoke alarm. It is crucial that you replace its batteries at least once a year. With the beginning of a new year, why not check if off the list early!
Home, Office and Security
You’ll be surprised to know how many essentials in your home and office require either AA or AAA batteries. Whether they’re powering children’s toys, remote controls, vacuums, or even salt and pepper grinders, we’ve all experienced the frustration of our small batteries failing. A few tips:
- Avoid mixing old and new batteries as the varying levels of charge can lead to leakage, potentially destroying the batteries and device.
- Immediately remove exhausted batteries from your device and dispose of properly. You can do so by heading to your local Battery World store and putting the old batteries in a designated recycling bin. Read more about the battery recycling here.
- Preserve battery life by switching off a device and removing the batteries when it’s not being used.
- It’s not necessary to store batteries in the refrigerator, as long as they’re dry and kept at room temperature.
- Ensure you insert your batteries properly. Follow the symbols showing the correct way to position the positive (+) and negative (-) ends of the batteries.
- Always remember to check the batteries in your safety devices; smoke alarms, burglar detectors and other safety devices used around the home
Tools For Around The House and On The Run
All electric tools require lithium-ion batteries, or Li-ion for short. Power tools work under battery power which means that if you forget to put them on charge overnight, you can’t use them! None of us like to wait, so instead of getting impatient, invest in a second battery – that way you can finish your work faster and more efficiently. Don’t forget that all power banks also use lithium-ion batteries so if you’re running late and your phone is on 5% charge, be sure to have a spare Li-ion battery handy. Fun fact: Li-ion batteries are lightweight and can be made smaller than other battery types which makes them convenient to carry around.