Battery Reconditioning- Battery maintenance tips on extending battery life

Battery Reconditioning- Battery maintenance tips on extending battery life

Battery reconditioning is prolonging your battery life or rebuilding your present battery. Knowing the proper battery maintenance and procedures for the reconditioning of your batteries you can have your laptop battery or camcorder battery lasting longer. Take the time to familiarize yourself with just a few tips about how a battery works and the proper care and storage of your rechargeable batteries.

Procedures on reconditioning batteries

Research has indicated if you don’t use your NiCd for three months or more, the crystals ingrain together making them a more solid structure and more difficult to break up. At this point it is no longer effective to restore a battery and reconditioning is required.

Battery reconditioning is the process of using a slow discharge to remove the remaining energy and bringing it below 1 V/cell. Allowing a full discharge once every three months should be the right thing to do for your NimH and Nicd batteries. With the Nimh battery having the shorter life, over exercising (charging and discharging) is not recommended.

Proper storage for batteries is very important

Battery reconditioning will be done through several cycles of charging and discharging over the life of the battery. Charging twelve hours before use will help you in power loss. Do not keep your battery in storage before use, as the latter loses power in storage and is not part of the battery maintenance and reconditioning system.

 For storage, especially if the batter is exhausted, charge the battery and turn off the power. Storing for several months or longer without charging can result in poor battery reconditioning. By following some of these battery maintenance reconditioning procedures, you can expect more life out of your digital camera, video camera, cellphone, mp3 players, and laptop batteries, or any other electronic device that uses batteries.

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