What to Know about Using and Disposing of Batteries

When you go to the battery store in Sacramento, you want to be sure that you always get the right batteries. The wrong size or type will not do what you need it to do. You also need to know how to take care of your batteries when using them, and know how to properly dispose of them. Otherwise, you may end up dealing with unpleasant surprises or may even have some safety risks.

Using Batteries

Any device that you put batteries into should show the right size and type. Be sure to always buy the right one, or it will not fit and will not work. Always pay attention to how you put the batteries into the device as well. The area should indicate which side the positive side of the battery should be on, so match them up or it will not work. Every time you replace batteries in a device, keep the contact area clean by rubbing it with an eraser or something similar. This will help keep a good connection.

If you will not be using a device or it is powered for a while by your home electricity, remove the batteries from the device. As they sit there and are not used, batteries have been known to explode inside the device, which could ruin it forever or be very difficult to clean up. When you remove your batteries and are not using them, be sure to store them in a dry place at room temperature.

Disposing of Batteries

Normal, alkaline batteries can be thrown away with the rest of your household trash. Do not be concerned about the environmental impact or health issues to others; batteries are now made to be safely disposed of because they no longer have mercury in them. However, be sure to keep them away from fire or they can explode, which is dangerous. While you can throw batteries away in the trash, do not throw them away in large groups. A “dead” battery is not always completely dead. When thrown away all together, connections can be made, which is a safety risk for those nearby.

For other batteries, such as rechargeable ones, different action is required. The chemicals in these batteries require that they be recycled. You can speak to the person at your local battery store in Sacramento to find out where you can safely recycle your old batteries.

15 July

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