We’ve talked before about storing batteries, and how to do it properly. We even showed you a little trick where you can use a Styrofoam cooler to keep the temperature in check.
However, this post is here to give you a more permanent solution to storing your batteries safely.
As we’ve said a million times in these posts, heat and batteries don’t mix. So, storing your batteries in the correct temperature and be everything. It is generally recommended that you keep batteries in a “cool, dry place”, which is generally considered to be 15 degrees Celsius. -40 to 50 degrees Celsius is the extreme allowable temperature.
In order to maintain the capacity of lead-acid batteries must be kept at full charge while being stored. Nickel-based and lithium batteries must be stored at around 40% state of charge, keeping the batteries operational and allowing self-discharge.
The recommended conditions to store any battery in is in a “cool, dry place. We’ve covered why it’s important to store in a cool place, but why a dry one?
Primarily to avoid the battery terminals from getting corroded from moisture. Moisture can ruin the quality of your batteries and result in irreparable damage.
A storage cupboard in your house or garage is an ideal place to store batteries.
So, there you have it. Three of the most important things you can do to ensure your battery lasts when you’re not using it. Don’t hesitate to leave any battery-related questions in the comments!