Reader Tips on Storing Battery-Operated Toys

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removing-batteriesWith all the Target toy clearance going on, some of you have really lucked out and have been able to gather gifts at a fraction of the cost for the upcoming Christmas holiday, Birthdays and more, I got a couple of e-mails with some good advice that I thought I would pass along.

Many of you may already do this- but Michelle wrote in a reminder that when it’s possible- it’s always a good idea to remove the batteries from toys that will be stored for an extended period of time. There’s nothing worse than discovering a toy doesn’t work and the culprit is corroded batteries- so better safe than sorry.

I also got this same mention about removing batteries from Tish- who also had a suggestion if you have ever discovered a corroded battery compartment… “while sometimes it’s a lost cause- when it is not that bad- I have found that I have been able to use a little witch hazel or rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip to clean out the compartment and get things working again. It’s worth a try anyway since these products are pretty inexpensive and something most people would have in the house already.”

-Thanks for your e-mails & suggestions to Michelle & Tish!

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  1. Hi Robin- If you can easily open the package and take out the batteries without destroying the box- yes I would do it. You can always replace them or just tuck them inside the box somewhere before you give your gift. There is no reason not to use the batteries found in the toys- they are fine- but left in a toy against metal springs & parts for a long period of time they can sometimes corrode. They could be perfectly fine too- but it’s a chance you may not want to take if you can easily remove them. I have a drawer I keep a battery rack in – it’s sort of battery organizer that actually has tester built into it. I can’t remember where I got it- it’s been so long but it comes in handy for storage and I believe you can pick them up on Amazon & elsewhere for around $15. But if you don’t think you would get enough use out of it you could always just store them in a container hth!

  2. Wow! I never knew that… All of the battery operated toys I purchased will not be used until January. They’re all gifts so I’m hesitant to remove the batteries… Should I remove them anyway? And how should I store the demo batteries (or do those get thrown out?)
    Thanks in advance !

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