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Keeping batteries inside your truck/van

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  • #681043

    Miamicuse
    Pro
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    How many of you keep some of your cordless power tools (especially the ones you use EVERY DAY) inside your truck or van ALL DAY ALL NIGHT? If so does it mean you keep your batteries in with them too? Down here in South Florida it can get really hot in a locked vehicle and that’s not good for the batteries but it’s a real hassle to have to move so many things in and out all the time. I don’t know about cold weather but I suspect it’s bad for batteries to be left overnight in the freezing winter right?

    #681054

    Sorpa
    Pro
    Pierrefonds, Qc

    I keep them in the truck all the time but the winter. And we have a long winter here.
    Cold weather drains them very fast.

    #681056

    BeardedCarpenter
    Pro
    Winsted, CT

    I don’t know the science of batteries and extreme weather, but I leave my batteries in my vehicle year-round. They seem to run just fine. But where I live extreme cold is more an issue than extreme heat. Bringing your batteries inside everyday sounds like a recipe for forgetting them and not having them at the job.

    #681057

    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Pro
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    They do make an insulated battery storage bag for keeping batteries in a vehicle. It will keep them a little warmer or cooler that the temp in the vehicle.

    A good cooler would do the same keeping some of the heat or cold away from the batteries for a period of time.

    We do not have a lot of problem here in Minnesota other than the cold. I have had to keep batteries and chargers in my truck to keep them warm enough to charge when working outside with them in the winter.

    This winter we will be building a hot box to keep batteries and caulk warm in the trailer. It does not take a lot of heat just to keep them 40 or 50 degrees.

    #681061

    kswiss
    Pro
    edmonton, AB

    I think cold weather is probably worse for the batteries

    #681080

    Sorpa
    Pro
    Pierrefonds, Qc

    …. for forgetting them and not having them at the job.

    Never happened so far.
    Probably because I take my pills in the morning.
    Memory pills that is.

    #681081

    brianpeters
    Pro
    Murray, KY

    Mine stay in the truck all the time, I probably should have taken them inside last winter when it was down around 0, but I didn’t.

    #681086

    roninohio
    Pro
    New Franklin, OH

    Mine stay in the truck. Never had any problems. I will say that my impact driver makes some weird sounds when cold in the mornings.

    #681131

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    How many of you keep some of your cordless power tools (especially the ones you use EVERY DAY) inside your truck or van ALL DAY ALL NIGHT? If so does it mean you keep your batteries in with them too? Down here in South Florida it can get really hot in a locked vehicle and that’s not good for the batteries but it’s a real hassle to have to move so many things in and out all the time. I don’t know about cold weather but I suspect it’s bad for batteries to be left overnight in the freezing winter right?

    I store my batteries in my van all the time but it doesn’t get south Fla. hot.. The H311 with that 97º and 75% humidity,,,,and the afternoon thunder storms. We only get about 90º on the hottest days of summer.. we are still in the low 80s here and low 70s at night. I see a lot of guy put the solar fans in the top of the vans.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #681138

    CB
    Pro

    I bought a service/utility body truck with the idea of keep tools in it all the time. But around here temperature isn’t so much of a problem as the thieves. They use the battery operated tools stolen from the previous victim to cut, grind, or drill into the next victim. So I haul a lot of stuff in and out. Yes it gets old. I just got done unloading the tools out of the truck at 9 pm… about an hour ago. And in about 7 hours from now, I’ll be loading them back in again.

    #681146

    TopNotch
    Pro
    elmwood park, NJ

    I believe that the NiCads do well in cold weather whereas the lithium are sluggish until put under use for a bit. I suspect direct sunlight and heat are bad for Lithium Ion so I try to avoid that.
    I never bothered to take these tools out of the truck on a daily basis. Like I said other than my Lithium being sluggish in the cold I have never an issue

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #681148

    Doobie
    Pro

    There’s a whole bunch of battery knowledge here for those interested…..

    http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/

    #681157

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    There’s a whole bunch of battery knowledge here for those interested…..

    Good info Kevin Thank you for posting.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #681177

    RonW
    Pro
    Holladay, Tn

    I keep them in my vehicle year round. Can’t say that I have ever had a battery go bad because of the weather. We get hot but not nearly as cold as you up north.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #681192

    I would worry about heat, most likely being in direct sunlight. Otherwise I do not worry about cold. Never noticed a problem with that.

    #681193

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    I haven’t noticed any prolonged issues, but they do seem to be less than 100% every now and then. I’ll push the batter meter button and find they have lost one bar if they are kept in my hot truck.

    I try to park in shaded areas and crack the windows when it’s really hot…seems to help.

    Jon P.
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    #681223

    Clev08
    Pro

    I will bring them inside during the winter if my hands aren’t full, but I don’t make a huge deal of it. I try to let them warm up in the case when I bring them into a jobsite though, just so they have less condensation on them as them warm up. I feel like the water inside the electronics might negatively effect the tools more than the cold weather itself.

    #681690

    jkirk
    Moderator
    halifax, nova scotia

    i leave my batteries in teh truck all the time too, other than charging them…

    i have a ton of batteries but i dont carry a charger, i charge dead batteries at home overnight.. ones that are still charged stay on teh tools in the truck

    heres a tip, dont fart in a space suit

    #681694

    kswiss
    Pro
    edmonton, AB

    There’s a whole bunch of battery knowledge here for those interested…..

    http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/

    Lots of information there for sure, thanks for sharing

    #681695

    There’s a whole bunch of battery knowledge here for those interested…..
    http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/

    Thanks for sharing the link Doobie. Appreciate it.

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