It’s that time of year again – you’re getting up early to scrape ice off the car, office small-talk is 90% about the cold weather and you’re debating the most appropriate time to start listening to Christmas music.
That’s right, winter is almost upon us.
But while the chilly weather signifies the run up to Christmas and the joy it entails (All. The. Mince. Pies), the temperature drop can have a negative impact, especially on batteries.
Many of us will not give our battery-operated garden products a second thought during winter – until spring rolls around and we find our batteries are dead as dodos. The solution? Correct storage.
Storing your garden tools and batteries
At the heart of all Gtech products is a powerful Lithium-ion battery, and these should be stored at room temperature, but not in direct sunlight. Keeping them in a dry area is also very important.
We recommend that your batteries are charged to a minimum of 30% (two green lights on LED display) prior to winter storage, and checked every two-three months during storage time. If the state of charge falls below 25%, the battery should be recharged to prolong its life and prevent over-discharge.
So, why do batteries discharge quickly in cold weather?
The electric current from a battery is generated when positive and negative terminals are connected. This initiates a chemical reaction that generates electrons to produce a charge to those terminals.
At lower temperatures, the battery’s chemical reaction is slowed and its ability to provide sufficient power is diminished. An unused battery also deteriorates at a faster rate than one that is used and recharged regularly, as the chemical reaction inside cause it to self-discharge.
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