Batteries

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  • Rechargable Batteries - Wrap an elastic band around any charged batteries : usually you can't insert them complete with band into a device, so thus you know that if you find a battery with a band on, it's charged... --Ajt 18:33, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • Invest in a charger that can charge single cells. --AP 22:10, 15 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Put spent rechargeables in your travel charger, ready to charge when you get the chance. --AP 22:10, 15 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • Saving Batteries - If you have a device that uses batteries but you don't use it regularly and it seems like the batteries are always drained when you need it because it got turned on in your bag: Fold a 2" piece of scotch tape in half to get a piece of unsticky tape. Push the piece between the battery and the spring. That way the device cannot be turned on by mistake. --Victor 10:53, 23 Mar 2005 (EST), edit: --Calle 14:05, 18 May 2005 (EDT)
    • Alternatively, fold a small scrap of paper over the end of one battery to prevent electrical contact from being made.
    • Trying to get the last bit of energy out of your batteries when you really, really need another 20 seconds for the cam? Put your batteries on the heating or, if there's no heating, hold it in your hand to make it warmer. This will give you some time... --tarion
      • Also good: if your device has run out of juice, but you have a set of new batteries, you can often times put in one spent/one new battery and get the last bit of juice from the old batteries. --Mark 17:30, 13 February 2006 (EST)
  • Mixing New and Dead Batteries: when a battery dies, take it out and throw it out immediately. You'll never have to wonder if the batteries are good or not. Also: don't try to reuse old batteries in low wattage equipment: the mixups aren't worth it.
    • Why not mark used batteries by wrapping a piece of tape around them? --Random832 16:48, 4 May 2006 (EDT)
  • Unused Equipment: remove batteries from equipment that gets used very little or not for a very long time. Otherwise, there is a good chance the batteries may leak after a period of time.

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