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Junk Drawer Adventures: Batteries

Yesterday, I ventured cleaning out some of my junk drawers and containers that I have scattered around the house. We have at least one junk drawer in every room and some random containers where we throw things we find around the house. I've noticed that many of these continers have a two things in common. They contain batteries and pens. Whether they work or not is unknown.

The batteries in question were AA half the time and the other half were AAA. So I went about gathering them all into one container and testing them. Thank god for battery testers otherwise I would be stuck throwing them out. 1 out of all the batteries still held a charge.

I was bringing this up to a friend and she said they keep old batteries as well. I wonder how many people do this? Why do we do this? Do we honestly think they'll regain a charge sitting in a drawer with random items?

From now on, no more. If they die in the item, they get tossed out.

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VinceSummers wrote on January 5, 2015, 9:45 AM

Always toss them out and never leave a collection of batteries free to move about. Once I had a few batteries in my pocket, and suddenly I felt my skin get so hot I thought I would be burned. Batter terminals that come into contact with each other could, perhaps, cause burns or even a fire if fuel is present. At the moment this is just a statement by me, but I'd almost bet that if you search the web, you'll find what I am saying has, indeed, happened somewhere or other.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 5, 2015, 11:01 AM

I always throw them out. It is just easier than sorting them later.

beachchair wrote on January 5, 2015, 2:42 PM

I just found a whole bunch of batteries still sealed. Duracell and they said they are good until 2008. My husband was like just toss them. I hate to do that. I may see if they are still good. I hate clutter.

GayleStorm wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:09 PM

I used to be really good about this. I say used to because years ago I bought some rechargeable batteries. Now my problem is I don't know if they're charged or not. I suppose if it's not one thing, it's another.