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Rechargeable Batteries: A Little TLC goes a long way
You probably know that rechargeable batteries don’t last forever, but a little TLC and smart usage can extend the life and performance of your trusty tool batteries.
1. Stay charged.
Draining batteries isn’t healthy. Charge them before they drop below a 20% charge, but DO NOT make it a habit to recharge your batteries after every short use.
2. Use it or lose it.
Batteries don’t like to sit. Keep those electrons moving and be sure to store the batteries properly after each use. (See #4).
3. Fully charge.
Most batteries perform best when they always stay charged. Li-ion batteries do prefer partial charges but it’s OK to fully charge them for big projects.
4. Baby that battery.
High temperatures, moisture and shock can damage Li-ion batteries. Keep them cool, dry – and don’t drop them!
5. Don’t drain it.
If your tool starts to falter, charge it or use a backup battery. Try not to deep discharge your battery when you can avoid it.
6. Go low.
Many tools have different speed and power settings. Get longer use time by choosing a lower setting if it can do the same job.
7. Don't overcharge.
Many tools have built-in protection against overcharging, which harms the battery and reduces its life. If yours does not, promptly remove from the charger.
8. Choose quality.
All batteries are not alike. Interstate’s high-quality tool batteries deliver long-lasting performance for all of your power tools and lawn and garden equipment.