How to prevent a battery leak

In rare cases, it is possible that due to overdischarge, passing of the expiry date, misuse or other causes, batteries may leak. But there are things you can do to prevent a battery leak. Find them below and keep them in mind to increase the lifespan of your batteries. 

Remove your battery if you won't be using your appliance for some time

Are you sure you won't need to use your appliance for a certain period of time? In that case, it's better to just remove your battery. Especially in toys and similar appliances, we tend to let the battery sit in the battery holder for a long time, even when the kids are not playing with them. The longer the battery stays in the toy without it being used, the more it can discharge, a lot more than it should. Worst case scenario? It can cause the battery to overdischarge, which can result in the battery to expand, leak and possibly destroy the appliance. The simplest way to prevent this from happening, is to remove the batteries from the appliance in time. 

Turn off your device after use

We often forget to turn off our device when we aren't using it. Those devices will just keep working ... until the battery is empty. This discharge, while it is still in the switched on device, could lead to a battery leak in the longer run.

Avoid mixed use

Did you know you should always avoid using older batteries together with newer, more recent batteries? If you combine batteries that are partially discharged with batteries with full power, the latter could discharge the former so much that they can be discharged until under the security level. Possible result? Yes, leakage. Label the containers of your batteries to keep them separate from one another. Read our other storage tips here. 

Read the instruction manual of your device

You can't use any battery you want in any device. Be sure to read the instruction manual of the device, then buy the type of batteries you need. Using the advised batteries will prevent problems with the batteries and of course with your device. 

Insert your batteries correctly

Be aware that you put the + (plus) and – (minus) terminals correctly in your device. Incorrect insertion can lead to a battery leak. Your batteries could also begin to turn warm, possibly resulting in rupture or even personal injury. 

Keep them safe

If your batteries come into contact with other metal objects or batteries, they could be shortcircuited. The result? Strong discharge, turning warm and possibly leakage. Also be sure to prevent scratches on the batteries. If the label is damaged, there's a higher chance of shortcircuit, higher, possibly dangerous temperatures and leakage. You will increase the chance of this happening if you're putting loose batteries in your purse or bag. Keep them safe, in an appropriate container, and the risk of damage and leakage will be much lower. 

In this post, you will find some tips how to prevent a battery leak while storing your batteries.