Do Rechargeable Batteries Still Lose Power When They Aren't Being Used?

13 June 2017, 17:53

Ever wondered why your devices lose power so quickly?

Rechargeable batteries
Rechargeable batteries. Picture: LBC

Mystery Hour Question

Do rechargeable batteries lose power even when they aren't in use?

Lucy, Plumstead


Name: Chris

Qualifications: Inquisitive Mind

Answer: Depends on what kind of rechargeable battery it is, if it is a battery that is alkaline then they hold they charge for a lot longer. If it’s a nickel metal hydrate battery it will self-discharge anyway. If you continuously recharge a rechargeable battery you will kill cells.