Zinc-carbon batteries do indeed last longer if stored at between 40 to 50°F. You don’t see these so often these days, as most have been replaced by Alkaline batteries. Alkaline, unlike the Zinc-carbon option, shows almost no improvement in self-discharge when chilled or frozen. That said, research into lithium-ion batteries (introduced in the 1990s and rapidly replacing Alkaline in many applications) found that they, like Zinc-carbon, also benefits from cold storage. Their self-discharge could be reduced from 4% per month to 2% per month if stored close to 32°F.
Again, not one-size-fits-all and your mileage may vary.
Hey @ExtraMedium Wait. What? You are going to insert actual facts into our discussion of batteries? And refrigerators? What has the world come to?
I think originally the joke started when some years ago meh sold something like a zillion alkaline batteries that no one without 47 children could have possible used up prior to the good by/use by - or whatever it’s called - date. Then the now infamously wise @shahnm posted in that discussion a fridge full of batteries (or something along that line).
And so we can not let the hallowed traditions of the meh community expire wither on the vine of batteries in cold climates.
@awk a lot of funny replies but I had the same question. Well except For 32650’s. This is pretty cool though, first thing I’ve been tempted on in a long time. I think thought that see through would be better. Hmmm.
I am terrible at organization, anyone have serious suggestions? Serious takes only! I have 4 fridges, 2 of those are full of meat and discount bread, one is full of food, and the other is full of random crap like glue and paint but it’s definitely not for batteries.
@jwoody27 That’s what I did last time these came up here. I filled them with my electronics tools since I don’t have a dedicated work bench. My daughter begged me for some so I ordered a set from sidedeal on 8/26, which haven’t shipped yet.
@shahnm Well La-Di-Da! Pardon me while I store my batteries in my posh refrigerator bin before I go have tea with the Queen!
We had to store our batteries in a hollow log in the swamp. And we could only hope some rabid badger didn’t come along and make its nest in it.
But try to tell that to the kids these days and they won’t believe you!
I bought these during a recent mehrathon thinking I might ditch the inserts and use them just for the cases and be damned if I don’t like them quite a bit. I was able to take all the random battery packs in the junk drawer and organize them into a neat little case. I used the mesh pockets to hold packs of watch batteries that don’t have slots. I even snuck a few batteries into the smaller case to put in my office so the kid’s toys can’t rob me of all the batteries in the house.
The included analog battery tester is about the cheapest thing in the world but it does differentiate between dead and fresh.
It’s worth the price of admission not to have to go spelunking in the junk drawer when I need a 9 volt.
@brennyn, controllers, toys, flashlights, door locks and i have a bunch of 18650 because I wanted to have them for a project and they were on super duper discount. ( I don’t actually have a project for them but if I ever do, I’m ready). I live in the country so we lose power a good bit.
Also I have a lot of kids, more than my 2.1 allotment at least, and they like to eat through these. Their favorite are c132a, high explosive lithium energy density and bite sized, perfect with ketchup for breakfast. “No Johnny , you may not have another button cell until you finish your c132a!”
/giphy energizer bunny
@brennyn I’ve bought a couple bundles of Energizer AA and AAA on Woot that had 40-60 of each. I don’t use a ton of batteries, but it’s nice to know they’re there when I need them, and the bundle is a fair amount cheaper per battery than at the store.
I’ve had one of these https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GNNBNDV for a decade or so (and love its digital tester). Curious – are y’all transporting your batteries a lot? I ask because my organizer sits on my home-office shelf until I need a battery or two; I can’t recall when I needed to move the entire collection to a specific location…
@andymand I have an organizer like that in a kitchen drawer. I’m buying this to help with the infrequent, but very much more frequent than I’d like, times when something gets spilled in or around that drawer.
@detailer@shahnm It’s not dividing, it’s organizing and arranging according to arbitrary stereotypes that do not necessarily reflect the actual identities of those being rearranged and slotted into ill-fitting pigeonholes!
We now keep all our batteries in a medium-size cardboard box in our guest room closet. It is clearly marked “Battery Aziz,” a reference to a very funny scene in the movie True Lies. Makes us chuckle every time we need a fresh battery, Aziz.
@KSchweitz These cases have a fabric lining, and the foam is not closed-cell, so leakers could be problematic.The whole foam slab easily comes out to check for that, though. Maybe add a plastic liner under it if the battery brand you prefer has issues?
I bought these during the last mehrathon and the zippers are garbage. Both cases are almost impossible to unzip because the zipper keeps trying to tear holes in the fabric. I have to zip it back up and slowly unzip to try and get it to slide past the parts where it’s nearly ripped the fabric in past unzipping attempts. The cases themselves are great. But I’m about ready to throw these things away because they are such a pain to open.
@werehatrack Yes. The fabric part of the zipper gets caught every time when I unzip it. Zipping is not usually a problem because the leading part of the zipper is rounded. It’s the pointed corners of the zipper that always get caught when unzipping.
I keep my batteries on a shelf in a closet, so I was thinking black might not be the best color when the power goes out and your flashlight is dead. Of course, said flashlight is also black, and the power almost never goes out here, so