SOURCE: Black & Decker

November 29, 2010 08:00 ET

Battery Basics

What Homeowners Need to Know About Rechargeable Batteries

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - November 29, 2010) - (Family Features) If you have a cell phone, laptop or cordless power tool, chances are, your products are being powered by a lithium-ion battery power. With the growing demand for more efficient technologies, convenience and cost effectiveness, consumers should know some background behind what is powering the products that simplify their lives.

These tips will help you make a smart purchase and give your batteries a longer life.

Battery Types
With proven power since the 1970s, lithium ion batteries began as a reliable power source for professional industries -- now they're a household mainstay. In fact, today
lithium-ion (Li-ion) are among the most common types of rechargeable batteries consumers use, lending power to portable electronics such as cell phones, laptops and cordless tools.

Lithium-ion is fast-becoming a popular form of portable power because:

  • They're generally much lighter than other types of rechargeable batteries of the same size and power.
  • Once charged, it holds the charge longer before running down.
  • Although lithium is more expensive than other battery ingredients, its increased use has resulted in increased production, thereby dropping the costs to consumers.

"Lithium-ion power is revolutionizing consumer technology," says Keith McQuaid, consumer power tool product development manager for Black & Decker. "And we are utilizing this power to develop new products such as the compact and lightweight 12V MAX Lithium Drill/Driver. Lithium offers consumers lighter-weight tools with longer lasting battery power, year after year -- ultimately saving users time and money, simplifying household projects."

Stay Powered Longer
Specifically, with power tools, there are some best practices to keep in mind while using your lithium-ion power products:

  • Avoid running the battery down to zero power. The battery should also be partially charged during storage and returned to the charger after use.
  • Store batteries in cool temperatures (between 40-70 degrees). Avoid hot conditions like attics, cars, sheds and direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
  • This technology provides extra power, so now you can complete household drilling and screwing tasks like hanging photos, installing closet organizers and assembling furniture with ease.

Recycle
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation's (RBRC) Call2Recycle program makes it easy to recycle your rechargeable batteries. Just return them to participating national retailers. For the closest location, or for information on how you can serve as a collection point, visit www.rbrc.org, or call 1-800-8-Battery.

For more information, visit www.blackanddecker.com.

Photo caption: Products like the 12V Max Lithium Drill/Driver are lightweight and simplify household projects.