Nickel Cadmium/Nickel Metal Hydride Battery Questions

  • What is the difference between a NiCd (nickel cadmium) battery and a NiMh (nickel metal hydride) battery?

    There are two main differences between the two. The NiMh battery offers a capacity that is almost twice that of the NiCd. This means longer run times without additional weight. NiMh batteries are less prone to develop a memory effect. In addition, NiMh batteries are environmentally friendlier than the NiCd since they do not contain heavy metals.

  • Can I substitute a NiMh battery for a NiCd battery?

    NiCd and NiMh batteries are different from one another and cannot be substituted unless your device has been pre-configured from the factory to accept more than one chemistry type.

  • Do NiCd and NiMh batteries self-discharge?

    Yes, these batteries will self-discharge a small amount each day. The amount of self-discharge depends on many factors including ambient temperature.

  • Must these batteries be recycled when they are no longer working?

    Yes. NiMh and NiCd batteries batteries must be recycled properly.