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#1 J. Søren Viuf

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 09:48 AM

A long time ago, I heard that it was bad to charge batteries on the ground (for some cockamamie reason.) Was wondering if there was any truth to it.

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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 10:29 PM

A long time ago, I heard that it was bad to charge batteries on the ground (for some cockamamie reason.) Was wondering if there was any truth to it.

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Not true at all, assuming the ground is dry and not cold. Either wetness or cold are generally not good for batteries.
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#3 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 06:26 AM

A long time ago, I heard that it was bad to charge batteries on the ground (for some cockamamie reason.) Was wondering if there was any truth to it.

J. Soren Viuf

I sure hope not! I have two chargers full of batteries charging right next to me on the ground right now!
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#4 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 11:58 PM

That's a strange myth. I guess so long as the chargers are out of the way where nobody can trip or stomp on them ;)
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#5 Johnathan Holmes

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 01:07 AM

Provided the batteries have good ventilation, and are being charged in a dry indoor spot at a reasonable temperature, there's nothing wrong with having them on the ground. If you had batteries charging on a cold grassy field in the middle of winter, that would be dangerous - but also against all common sense.
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#6 Bruce Taylor

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 03:36 PM

Actually, I think this "cockamamie" story came from the automotive trade. It is in fact true in the following situation: If placed on damp ground or concrete, a dirty lead acid battery case (like from a car or truck) can literally leak voltage from the terminals to the "ground"- both physical and potentially electrical. Other than the temprature issue I don't see how this could affect any batteries used for cameras.

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