nitroglycerin wrote:Lower temperatures reduces the rate of the discharge reaction whether "experts" "believe" it or not.
Please read my post carefully before developing an attitude. I never said that COOLer temperatures aren't better. I said that experts differ on whether FREEZING is effective. Energizer, for example, recommends a storage temperature of 41F to 50F for their heavy duty batteries. Anything lower has no advantages and can even be harmful because a frozen battery has internal moisture condensation when taken out of the freezer, which is destructive. All that moisture can't be too good for your equipment either.
Since alkalines lose less than 2% of their capacity at room temperature, the effects of freezing is negligible -- and not recommended given the risk of internal condensation. At most, you can store them in the fridge.
Here is what Duracell and Energizer say about their alkaline batteries, courtesy of Snopes.
Question: Should I store my batteries in the refrigerator or freezer?
"We recommend storing batteries at room temperature in a dry environment. Extreme heat or cold reduces battery performance. You'll want to avoid putting battery-powered devices in very warm places. In addition, refrigeration is not necessary or recommended."
"No, storage in a refrigerator or freezer is not required or recommended for batteries produced today. Cold temperature storage can in fact harm batteries if condensation results in corroded contacts or label or seal damage due to extreme temperature storage. To maximize performance and shelf life, store batteries at normal room temperatures (68°F to 78°F or 20°C to 25°C) with moderated humidity levels (35 to 65% RH)."
It's a shame that you didn't read carefully or do your research before replying with an attitude. Of course, it's your choice whether to believe these EXPERTS.