Rechargeable batteries are fast becoming the dominant type of battery thanks to their eco-friendly reusability, significant cost savings over repeated use, safety and reliability. As saving the environment becomes an ever more urgent issue, their popularity is only set to increase—and with all the technological strides made in rechargeable batteries in recent years, there’s no reason not to make the switch.
Modern rechargeables combine optimised performance, smart features and high capacity into a single package that can help you save money and reduce waste almost immediately. Keep reading for some of the major benefits
Rechargeables are highly effective in reducing your carbon footprint, as one rechargeable battery can replace thousands of single-use batteries. GP ReCyko rechargeable batteries go one step further by using more than 10%+ recycled materials in their construction, while over 94% of the entire battery pack, including the box, can be recycled. Find out more about GP’s efforts towards sustainability.
As well as preventing thousands of single-use batteries from ending up in the landfill, rechargeables greatly reduce the money spent on batteries thanks to the ability to use them over and over again. By using and charging rechargeables in a proper manner, you can prolong the battery life, saving even more money in the long run.
Simply having two sets of rechargeable batteries means you always have a spare set ready to use, so you never run out of power. GP battery chargers are available in a variety of designs for multiple practical uses. Due to the handy USB plug, rechargeable batteries can be also be easily recharged in cars and with computers.
Like any battery, knowing how to use rechargeables correctly is the key to prolonging the battery’s life and maximizing its efficiency.
Here, you will learn how to properly use, charge and store rechargeable batteries.
How to use rechargeable batteries
In most cases, rechargeable batteries can be used in the same manner as any other alkaline battery. Just pop them into the battery compartment of your device to get powered up right away! Do avoid leaving a rechargeable battery in a device that is turned on after the battery is completely run down, as continued drain on a discharged battery can cause the battery to reverse polarity and stop working.
How to charge rechargeable batteries
Correctly charging your batteries can greatly prolong their use. We recommend using a smart charger that automatically switches off after a full charge to avoid battery damage. Always choose the right charger for your batteries, according to their chemistry and voltage. When charging batteries in pairs, the two batteries must be of same capacity and charge level to allow effective charging. Finally, wipe your battery compartment occasionally with a rough cloth to keep them dust-free.
How to store rechargeable batteries
All GP ReCyko charger units double as storage for rechargeable batteries. Combined with a low self discharge rate, they can retain up to 80% charge after one year for instant usability. However, avoid leaving batteries in a fully discharged state for long periods, as this may reduce their capacity. Lastly, avoid placing batteries in direct sunlight or in the refrigerator. Take proper care of your rechargeables, and you’ll be rewarded with years of use to come.
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Though rechargeables offer a plethora of functional, environmental and cost-saving advantages over single-use batteries, there are still some instances where the latter are the preferred option. Thanks to their much longer shelf life, in some cases up to a decade, single-use batteries are more suitable for devices such as torches or radios in disaster preparedness kits. They’re also great for situations where it’s difficult to charge electronic devices, as you’ll have a better idea of how much charge they have.
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