How to Store Batteries

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In this topic we will go over the best way to store your battery supply you’ve stockpiled. Almost all common electronics from your flashlights, radios, watches use some type of battery that you want to have extra quantities of on hand.

One of the best suggestions for the quantity of batteries you should keep on hand is 50 AA and AAA and 25 of the less common batteries such as C’s, D’s, and 9V. Another system to use is that for each item that requires batteries keep an extra 10 batteries per device.

Now we come to the actual storing of your batteries once you collect them. My suggestion is either an ammo can or a well sealed bag or box. Ammo cans have a rubber gasket sealing the box tightly and keeping moisture outside. Keeping this box in a room temperature or slightly cooler is ideal for maximizing the life of your batteries. You do not have to refrigerate batteries to maximize their life.

There are two primary battery types that are most common: lithium and alkaline. Lithium batteries have a great reputation for long shelf life and lasting the longest especially in colder weather. Fairly recently the alkaline batteries have had a great increase in quality making them as good as most lithium batteries when you consider the high cost of lithium batteries. The bottom line is that both styles of batteries require the same type of storage conditions.

The brand of battery does make a good bit of difference in terms of quality. Energizer and Duracell are both well known and reputable brands that work well. Picking a battery with good quality is very important because depending on the situation you may be depending on it in an emergency or immediate threat.

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My selection for my battery storage container is a slightly smaller than common ammo box, plastic container with a gasket inside. I chose this simply because it will not corrode and is also cheaper but has a positive lock up and seals tight. I also put a simple silicon pack, one that comes in most packaging of items and some foods, to help absorb any moisture that might be inside the box prolonging the life of the battery. The main battery I have chosen to use in my most important gear (flashlights, optics, and my predator calls and equipment which all have to go through significant temperature fluctuations) are the Duracell Quantums. I have used Energizer lithium batteries and they do work well and I put them in my predator calls when I am going out in temperatures under 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Even if you are not prepping for an apocalypse having a good battery selection and stockpile will be practical and useful as you probably already have a need for them in your household. Storing them is the same regardless of how many you have. Make sure not to mix old batteries with new to help keep the integrity to your stockpile. Thanks for reading and check back for more content.

Garrett W.

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