Re: NTLK Batts in the freezer

From: Ben Doughney (
Date: Tue Jul 04 2000 - 19:26:45 CDT

on 4/7/00 6:58 PM, Gruendel, Frank 3837 PPE-WT at wrote:

> I'd advise against the freezer. Whatever I put in *my* freezer, no matter
> whether
> there's a bag around it or not, eventually gets coated with a thin crust of
> ice.
> I'd think this would eventually lead to corrosion. Apart from that, slowing
> down chemical processes works too ways. Self discharge is one, but
> unfortunately normal discharge is one, too. Usually I want my rechargeables
> do their job at once, not after de-freezing them. And a frozen battery, just
> as the one outside in your car, has way less capacity than one that has
> room temperature. Also it can deliver way less current. Of course the same
> is
> true for rechargeables that were in a fridge, but to a lesser extent as the
> difference to room temperature is smaller and the time to reach it is
> shorter.
> Thus it is certainly a good idea to take them out of the freezer the night
> before.
> As to the zip lock bag: I think that's not a good idea. I've never tried it
> with
> films or batts, but I would think there might occur some kind of
> condensation that
> would result in humidity inside the bag. I'd just put them into a cardboard
> box
> and try to find a place that's pretty much at the top of the fridge (as
> leaking
> milk usually leaks downwards...)

I was told by someone that you can get rid of the NiCad memory by putting
batteries in the freezer. Is this true?

Ben Doughney

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