When you purchase a cellular telephone, chances are that you'll be able to choose between purchasing a Nickel Cadmium battery or a Nickel Metal Hydride battery. Nickel Metal Hydride or NiMH batteries are newer technology and worth the additional expense because unlike Nickel Cadmium or NiCAD batteries, they don't have to be completely drained before recharging and can be recharged anytime. Old-fashioned NiCAD batteries are still the most commonly used, and need to be completely drained before recharging, which should be done about once a week. If they're not completely drained, they'll build up memory which means they'll act as if they're fully charged when they're not. Over time, your battery will hold less and less charge until you have to replace it. You can drain your battery simply by leaving your phone switched on overnight, or slightly longer, until the message recharge battery is displayed and the phone switches off. There are also conditioning battery chargers available that have a discharge feature. When not in use, batteries should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place, uncharged. A fully charged battery will discharge itself over time. For more information on batteries or cellular phones, please contact your local cellular phone dealer.
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