How to Maximize Your Rechargeable Batteries

To make summer vacations as enjoyable as possible, portable electronics such as digital cameras, mp3 players, portable DVD players, laptop computers, PDAs, and handheld gaming devices are among the necessary items to pack.

The rechargeable batteries in these products should be properly charged to maximize the battery life of the device and ensure that no moment of summer fun is missed.

Rechargeable batteries offer consumers up to 1,000 charges before they need to be replaced. Depending on the frequency of use and how well it is handled, a rechargeable battery can last for up to five years—which means less consumption and less household waste production.

Call2Recycle offers consumers the following simple tips to help maximize the life of rechargeable batteries in portable electronics:

  • Always follow the charging guidelines provided by the manufacturer. There are specific recommended charging times for each individual product that should be followed before the product is used for the first time.
  • Never return a fully-charged battery to the charger for an extra boost. This will shorten the life of the battery.
  • Never place a non-rechargeable battery in a battery charger.
  • Do not leave a rechargeable battery in the charger when it is not charging.
  • Let a discharged battery cool to room temperature before recharging.
  • Recharge batteries only when they are close to being fully discharged.

"Gadgets and portable electronics help us stay connected when on the road, provide entertainment, and capture the special moments of a vacation," says Carl Smith, chief executive officer, Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC). "The battery life of these devices can be maximized by properly caring for and charging the rechargeable batteries, but when they eventually lose their charge, consumers should properly dispose of them by recycling."

When rechargeable batteries no longer hold a charge, Call2Recycle® provides a free and convenient way to properly dispose of them.