I have some questions about storing batteries.The information on the net isn`t clear.Everybody says something different and it gets confusing.
1. Why do experts recommend that you discharge NiCd batteries when you don`t use them for a long time,(eaven if you use it often)?
They don´t explain if you have to discharge them to zero or just to 0,9V.
2. Does charging a NiMh battery to 50% slows the self discharge rate compared to a full charge? If so.By how much?
3.When you buy a NiMh battery.They are supposed to come with an empty charge.Does the lifetime of the battery start counting from the first time you charge them?How many years can they be stored new without significant impact on its performance?
4.Is it better to charge a new pack only when needed?It`s the shelf life of a new empty battery the same as one that was charged and discharged just one time and put to rest?
Will I have to charge that battery like once per year so that it does´t get ruined or something?
5.There is a date code in my eneloop batteries.It says "06-08TB".Is the first number the year or the month it was made?
Is it me or a lot of eneloop batteries start with 06?