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  • Do you need to do anything?  I've always got the spare battery on the van shelf and the other one sitting in a hedgecutter in the garage or the van if I'm going to be using it that day.  Never had a problem. 

  • If not being actively used, I think li-ion batteries store better by being kept fairly cool, and at about 25% charge level. I just charge up to full capacity the ones I anticipate I will be using over the next few days, and keep them at indoor temperatures where possible. Once they are loaded in the van in the daytime to go to jobs they are fine, it's being left in vehicles overnight which can lead to them being excessively chilled. With less urgent work on, and shorter working days, a lot of mine are sleeping at the moment though

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    I have eight Makita 18 volt batteries that usually spend some time each day on the front seat of the van, which is far from ideal.

    So last night I went on Ebay and ordered a Makita belt pouch which will hold two spare batteries and a Makita cool bag type tool storage bag which should hold some more spare batteries, but I’m not sure how many yet.

    They will explode with quite a force if mistreated, so it makes sense to look after them better than I have done at times in the past.

  • try a polistyrine box or line your bag with polistyrine sheets it might help 

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      I carry Ten batteries around in a Kosch canvas tool bag which zips up , I bring it in every night and just store  at room temperature out of direct sunlight during the summer ,away from radiatiors etc in Winter ,  A couple of batteries are 7 years old and still work to full capacity . 

      A tool guy once commented i could end up short circuiting the batteries with them all rattling around with terminals exposed but not encountered any problems . 

      Begining to despise the number of batteries and chargers i have to store to be honest . 

      A universal battery and charger would be good or just be able to charge the tool from the mains socket . 

      First electric cordless hedge trimmer i ever encountered was made by Kenwood , it plugged straight into the power socket , didn't have much run time though .

  • My Makita batteries go in the Makita duffel bag with the tools in the garage. My stihl batteries, I keep in a Stihl battery bag, which holds a charger and three batteries and I reckon I might be able to squeeze in a fourth. The bag goes back in the house every night. When not in use I store them in my garage.

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