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Our everyday life with battery-powered devices

It’s Monday morning. As you wake up, you realize that your first meeting at the office is about to start. The battery in your alarm clock has probably died. You quickly call your boss to say you’ll be coming in later. It would be quite unfortunate if the battery in your smartphone were now to give up the ghost as well. If you take the bus, train or car, you’re sure to get stuck in traffic and risk even more delay. If you’re lucky and don’t live far from work, the best thing to do is hop on the bicycle.
This is certainly the easiest solution in the summer. In the fall, though, when it is often still dark in the morning, you can only hope that your bicycle light works. Without batteries, you find yourself in a fix: not only do you risk receiving a fine for riding your bike without a functioning light, but it is also unsafe. You finally reach the office and have to quickly finish your presentation before the meeting. A terrible time for the wireless mouse to give out because the batteries have been in use for too long... Somehow you manage to get through the day, since at least the coffee machine was working.
You now leave the stress of work behind and make your way to the birthday of your godchild. The fire truck with the flashing blue lights and a siren is certain to be a hit with the tyke. Sure enough, his eyes grow wide as he tears open the wrapping paper. But he lets out a scream when he goes to turn on the flashing blue light − the battery was not included. After cake and lemonade, the mood is finally festive enough again to take a parting picture with all of the guests at the party. But at the exact moment you want to press the button to release the shutter, the battery of the photoflash dies.
The battery – our everyday companion

What a day! It just goes to show the important role that batteries play in everyday life − even if we aren’t always aware of it because the cells are hidden in devices or tucked away in drawers. And even if just one of these many incidents occur, it is always annoying.

To prevent situations like these, it is useful to keep a small supply of batteries at home. Here are a few storage tips for you:

  • It is best to add AA and AAA batteries to your supply, which are used in every household for wall clocks, alarm clocks and remote controls. You also need button cells, such as the CR2032, for kitchen and bathroom scales. Don’t forget the 9V batteries, either − they are very important for your smoke detectors.
  • You should store your batteries in a cool, dry place (ideally at around 20°C) and not in your refrigerator. Ensure as well that the batteries are kept out of reach and sight of children.
  • Batteries should also always be stored in their original packaging to prevent short circuits from direct contact with other batteries or metallic objects.
Did you know that VARTA batteries keep their charge for ten years? You therefore no longer need to worry about the storage time of your supply of batteries in the future.

VARTA has the right battery for each of the devices mentioned above. The icons on the packaging let you know which one is the right fit. For example, the long-life batteries are the most reliable choice for alarm clocks and TV remote controls, while the high-energy batteries are especially suitable for toys, computer accessories and flashlights. Visit our homepage to find out in detail which batteries are the best fit with which products and why.