How do you keep your rechargeable batteries in good health?

How do you keep your rechargeable batteries in good health?

Antipova Antipova
I've always been a dildo girl, and the one vibrator I've had for a while takes regular batteries, which I can remove for storage. But as I just got my first rechargeable vibrator, and I want to treat its battery right, I thought I'd ask you experts. Some of you advanced reviewers must have 20+ rechargeable toys, so surely some of them are in storage some of the time.

Do you let your toys drain fully before they charge them, like we had to do with old cell phones?

Do you store your toys on a full charge, half charge, or discharged?

Do you take them out of storage every few months to drain and recharge the battery?

I saw this thread, but I'm curious how most of you actually do things, as well as the recommendations from the manufacturers. Give me your thoughts, as well as the poll answers!
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I charge my toys...
married with children , agf , Shellz31 , liilii080 , Hadespark , ToyGurl , potstickers , sarki , MaryExy , AlianneCimorene , ToyTimeTim , Badass , Airen Wolf , giftdgecko , Princess Zelda
15
(1) when I'm done using them, no matter how full the battery is.
Coralbell , liilii080 , Hadespark , Wyo Daisy , potstickers , MaryExy , Layenna , Airen Wolf , solitudinarian
9
(2) only when the battery is fully drained.
Antipova , DeliciousSurprise , sexyk515 , married with children , Coralbell , phunkyphreak , Lio , A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) , Shellz31 , w-o-name , Drifter86 , SamsDelight , alliegator , nicole07 , Adam02viper , Ms. Spice , miss-miss , The Curious Couple , ToyGurl , sarki , MaryExy , dv8 , LilLostLenore , ginainohio , AlianneCimorene , Itsnotabanana , Internet Brat , Badass , Girly Juice , mrs.mckrakn , ArmyWife4311 , giftdgecko , BurntToast , Princess Zelda , LavenderSkies
35
For long term storage, I make sure my toy is...
Ms. Spice , ToyGurl , potstickers , sarki , Badass , Princess Zelda
6
(A) fully charged.
Antipova , Ms. Spice , potstickers , Layenna , Airen Wolf , ArmyWife4311 , solitudinarian
7
(B) fully discharged.
ToyGurl
1
(C) halfway charged
(D) Actually, I don't think about it, I just store them as is.
DeliciousSurprise , Coralbell , Lio , A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) , Shellz31 , liilii080 , SamsDelight , alliegator , Adam02viper , link82 , Hadespark , Wyo Daisy , miss-miss , sarki , MaryExy , dv8 , AlianneCimorene , Badass , Girly Juice , BurntToast , Princess Zelda
21
When my toys are in long term storage (of a month or more)...
Shellz31 , potstickers , sarki , MaryExy , Sinfully , Airen Wolf , Princess Zelda
7
(I) I take them out every three months to discharge and (recharge to my preference).
(II) I take them out to discharge and recharge whenever I remember to think about them.
(III) I keep my toys on a schedule.
(IV) they stay in long term storage until I'm ready to play with them again.
DeliciousSurprise , Coralbell , Lio , A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) , Shellz31 , liilii080 , SamsDelight , alliegator , Adam02viper , miss-miss , ToyGurl , potstickers , sarki , MaryExy , Sinfully , AlianneCimorene , Layenna , Girly Juice , Airen Wolf , ArmyWife4311 , solitudinarian , BurntToast , Princess Zelda
23
I have other thoughts!
DeliciousSurprise , Eucaly , ToyGurl , ichwillwaffels , AlianneCimorene , ToyTimeTim
6
Total votes: 130 (48 voters)
Poll is closed
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ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
You first need to figure out what kind of rechargeable you have. They are basically split up into two different categories, Lithium-Ion (LI-ion) and NiCad (nickel-cadmium) or NMiH (Nickel-metal hydride)

If they are the new Li-ion type, then it is best to not let them drain much. As soon as you notice any drop in power, charge them back up. These are lighter in weight and provide more power but are typically more expensive. Furthermore, most of the time they are not replaceable, like the Jopen line of toys.


The NiCad and NMiH types should be fully drained before charging or at least pretty close. These types of batteries will develop a "Memory" so by draining them you help to stop that from forming. These are cheaper and heavier that the Li-ion batteries.

With any type of rechargeable battery, make sure you keep a eye on them while they are charging, check them once in awhile to make sure they are not getting hot. DO NOT trust the charger to turn off by itself! They may get warm, just like they do during use, but they should not get "Hot". If they do, disconnect them from the charger and place them outside on a non-burnable surface. This is especially true for the Li-ion batteries. Wait for it to cool and then see if it still works. If it does not work, do not try and recharge it as it may start to leak battery acid or possibly worse. Take it to a battery recycling place. This may involve some "Surgery" to get the battery out of the toy.

Hope that helps a bit. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions or concerns.
04/02/2011
sexyk515 sexyk515
i don't know lol
04/02/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
You first need to figure out what kind of rechargeable you have. They are basically split up into two different categories, Lithium-Ion (LI-ion) and NiCad (nickel-cadmium) or NMiH (Nickel-metal hydride)



If they are the new Li-ion type, ...
I'm really glad this is the top comment. Thanks for the information! I had thought that all rechargeable batteries needed to be treated equally. I'm glad I know I should treat my vibrator differently than my ancient Nokia.
04/02/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
I charge most of my toys when they die, or are about to die if they they have warning lights. I leave my Form 2 on it's base all the time though, so it is constantly being recharged. I don't think about putting my toys into storage, I just don't end up using them for a while sometimes, so I don't do anything special in that situation.
04/02/2011
agf agf
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
You first need to figure out what kind of rechargeable you have. They are basically split up into two different categories, Lithium-Ion (LI-ion) and NiCad (nickel-cadmium) or NMiH (Nickel-metal hydride)



If they are the new Li-ion type, ...
great post! thanks
04/02/2011
A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople)
I haven't had a rechargeable toy for more than 3 months yet, but I think I will discharge and recharge them.
04/03/2011
agf agf
some toys can get damaged if you wait to fully discharge the battery to recharge it again
04/03/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I only charge my toys (even the Delight) when it starts to indicate that the battery is getting low. Some toys don't get used for ages if I'm on a roll with another toy. I just leave til I'm ready to use it again.
04/03/2011
liilii080 liilii080
I leave my Jimmyjane toys on the charger all the time because it doesn't damage the battery and I use them most. I store the rest as is and recharge before I use them.
04/03/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by liilii080
I leave my Jimmyjane toys on the charger all the time because it doesn't damage the battery and I use them most. I store the rest as is and recharge before I use them.
Li-ion batteries are impressive.
04/04/2011
SamsDelight SamsDelight
I am bad to wait until the battery is going dead before I charge them. Lots of kids running around so try to not have a child running around the house asking "What is this".
04/04/2011
nicole07 nicole07
I wait until its dead that way there is no risk of over charging
04/04/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
I've always been a dildo girl, and the one vibrator I've had for a while takes regular batteries, which I can remove for storage. But as I just got my first rechargeable vibrator, and I want to treat its battery right, I thought I'd ask ...
i usually remove the batteries and put them in other toys i want to use
05/21/2011
sarki sarki
I store the toy as is and charge when flat
06/13/2011
AlianneCimorene AlianneCimorene
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
I've always been a dildo girl, and the one vibrator I've had for a while takes regular batteries, which I can remove for storage. But as I just got my first rechargeable vibrator, and I want to treat its battery right, I thought I'd ask ...
I only have one rechargeable toy right now, and I haven't really played with it much. So take my votes with a grain of salt
In general (based on what my tech nerd of a brother has explained to me), you need to know what kind of battery it is. How you treat each depends on the type of battery. Some are supposed to be left on the charger, and for others that kind of treatment is a death sentence.
07/31/2012
Itsnotabanana Itsnotabanana
only when drained
07/31/2012
Badass Badass
I generally only charge them when they are drained. If I'm storing it long term, I don't care how charged it is.
07/31/2012
Girly Juice Girly Juice
I don't put a lot of thought into it. I just store them when I'm not using them and charge them when they need it.
08/01/2012
mrs.mckrakn mrs.mckrakn
I dont do anything special. I just charge them when theyre fully drained
08/01/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
You first need to figure out what kind of rechargeable you have. They are basically split up into two different categories, Lithium-Ion (LI-ion) and NiCad (nickel-cadmium) or NMiH (Nickel-metal hydride)



If they are the new Li-ion type, ...
Thanks so much Tim! Now I know how to be nice to my rechargeable toys
08/01/2012
giftdgecko giftdgecko
I always make it a point to wait until it's just about drained because I was told after charging it weakens the next charge. And from the little I know about circuits I think it's true
08/01/2012
Total posts: 22
Unique posters: 19