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Rec.Bicycles Frequently Asked Questions Posting Part 4/5
Section - 8g.2 Storing NiCad Batteries

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Date:    Tue, 23 Feb 1999 13:23:29 -0800

> Michael GWell, the days are getting longer, and I won't be needing my
> VistaLight 530 lights with a nicad battery for my nightly commute home until
> October or November.  My question is, what is the best way to prevent damage
> to the battery from discharging over the next 6 months?  Presumably, it will
> lose charge slowly while in storage, so I will have to recharge it every now
> and again.  But how often is that?  How can I be sure not to overcharge it
> without going to the hassle of letting it discharge until the lights begin
> to dim, then recharge it the 12-14 h stipulated in the manual?
> 

You definately do NOT want to store NiCads charged.  NiCads should be
stored discharged.

For more info, check out:
http://www.cadex.com/html/battery.htm
and especially check out:
http://www.verinet.com/~dlc/battery.htm
for NiCad storage info.

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