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Batteries

General Battery Safety - VERY IMPORTANT

Batteries are part of modern everyday life and we take them for granted - but all batteries can be very dangerous if proper precautions are not observed.

Use The Correct Battery

Be sure to use the recommended battery for your device. Don't assume that just because a battery fits, it's okay to use. Check with the manufacturer or supplier.

Storing Batteries

Store in a cool place, avoiding direct sunlight. For example, it may sound obvious, but do not leave batteries or electronic cigarettes on the windowsill, fireplace, oven, radiator or car dashboard!
Loose batteries should have their contacts protected by storing in original packaging.

Charging Batteries

  1. Always use the correct charger for the battery you are charging - ALWAYS!
  2. NEVER use an iPhone or other charger - they may output too much current and cause batteries to overheat or explode. USB 3 ports (as found on video consoles and newer PCs and laptops) should NOT BE USED as they have at least double the output of a standard USB port. If in doubt, do not use!
  3. When charging, place batteries on a hard surface such as a kitchen worktop, NOT on the carpet or other combustible surface.
  4. Avoid leaving batteries unattended whilst charging, keep an eye on them and cease charging before retiring to bed.
  5. Do not try to charge damaged batteries.
  6. If charging high drain unprotected batteries, be sure to use a suitable charger with auto cut off.
  7. Do not over charge or over discharge batteries - cease charging as soon as they are fully charged and charge before empty.
  8. If a battery becomes hot during charging - STOP CHARGING and allow to cool down before handling further.
  9. Rest after charging - let them cool fully before using, ideally for a few hours.

Disposing of Batteries

Please do not simply throw dead or damaged batteries in the waste bin - dispose of batteries carefully, by taking to one of the following locations:
  1. Local authority recycling plant or 'tip' - UK recycle centres near you - http://local.direct.gov.uk/
  2. Often local supermarkets offer a battery disposal point.
  3. Other designated battery disposal point.
BE BATTERY SAFE!