Top 10 Lithium Ion Battery Storage & Safety Tips

This year, the Power Tool Institute is encouraging you to Take Charge Of Your Battery through proper battery selection, usage, transportation, storage and disposal – regardless of your DEWALT cordless power tool platform.

Here are our top ten tips for getting the most out of you Lithium Ion batteries, helping to maximize performance and runtime:

  • Use only authentic DEWALT batteries for best performance and safe compatibility with DEWALT tools and chargers.
  • Store and charge batteries in a cool, dry location.
  • Avoid exposing batteries to liquids, oils, or extreme temperatures.
  • Clean batteries with a clean, slightly damp cloth; do not use solvents.
  • If your battery no longer holds a charge, take them to a DEWALT Service Center near you for fast, free, and safe disposal.
  • Follow proper transportation guidelines. For instance, engage the red transport cap when shipping FLEXVOLT batteries.
  • Disengage battery from tool before placing into storage for extended periods.
  • Fully charge battery before storing for extended periods (longer than 6 months).
  • Do not use batteries with visible damage or cracks.
  • Visit a DEWALT Service Center for help with your battery. Do not attempt repair or service.

Ready to dispose of your batteries? Find a service center near you for safe Lithium Ion battery disposal – regardless of manufacturer.

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