The right care for rechargeable batterys
Rechargeable batteries can be charged many times and replace a large quantity of primary batteries. This is only true when they are properly stored, used and recharged. This reuse makes rechargeable batteries an ecologically sound alternative to primary batteries.
Battery manufacturers claim 500 to 1000 charging cycles for their batteries, but this can only be achieved by proper use, which is dependant on the user.
Avoid User errors:
Rechargeable batteries discharge during storage much faster than primary batteries. If you let a charged battery sit around, the voltage drops. Good chargers have a so called maintainance charging function that maintains a charged battery at full power until it is used. This means that that the charger always needs power, and the power used can be higher that that needed when the battery was first charged.
Use a good charger:
To achieve the optimum discharge point between deep discharge and memory effect you have to use a smart charger. It discharges the batteries until the optimum voltage point is reached before it recharges the batteries. This is important to achieve maximum charging cycles. Good chargers and proper use help to keep your rechargeable batteries usable for a long time. Some chargers are even able to refurbish defective batteries that are suffering from memory effect. These batteries can be brought back to life by multiple controlled discharge/charge cycles.
The charger’s owners manuals describe how to use the chargers properly. Chargers that are designed to charge rechargeable batteries should never be used to recharge primary batteries since this can result in uncontrolled heating fire and explosion. Choosing the right charger and using it properly is a timeconsuming step that is essential for the satisfactory and ecological use of rechargeable batteries.