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Old 01-30-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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How long will water and batteries keep for without being useless? This month is battery and water month and I want to do it right. Ill take all the suggestions I can get.

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Old 01-30-2012, 02:20 PM   #2
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Water lasts forever man.

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Water lasts forever man.
And it will be safe to drink even if in plastic bottles?
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buy it already bottled up , dont try to fill your old milk jugs and do it that way .
just keep it in a cool ,dark place

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buy it already bottled up , dont try to fill your old milk jugs and do it that way .
just keep it in a cool ,dark place
Ok thanks. And what about batteries?
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Batteries stored in a COOL place are typically good about a year.

As said, keep the plastic water bottles cool, out of sunlight. Water does not "go bad". If you think about it, ALL of the water on earth is a couple of billion years old.......

Best buy on water- hit the grocery store. 1 gallon jugs. Usually sell them in a 3 pack cardboard box.

I also take rinsed out 2 liter soda bottles, fill 4/5 full, and fill empty space in deep freeze. Will help keep frozen stuff cold a couple of days with no power, can take out, let thaw, drink or wash. Do not fill to top- expansion.

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Water lasts essentially forever. However, the potability of the water depends on the container and the environment it's stored in. To maximize your storage, use commercially bottled water and store it in a cool, dark place. Ideally, the water should be rotated out now and then, perhaps a replacement cycle of two years or so. Keeping some water purification provisions around is helpful, just in case you open a bottle and it smells or tastes bad. Ceramic based filters with activated carbon inside last a long time, whereas tablets and liquids don't last much past a year.

Battery life in storage will depend on the type of battery, and it varies considerably. The following Energizer web site shows Lithium batteries can be stored 10-15 years. http://www.energizer.com/learning-center/Pages/battery-comparison.aspx

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Water stored yourself should have a few drops of bleach added IMO.

I have a set of batteries in my small emergency world-band radio that are supposed to keep 60-80% of their power after a year. That is unique and not sure they perform that well. Rely on small rechargeable batteries for some things? Buy a small solar panel to recharge them... < $100.

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Water stored yourself should have a few drops of bleach added IMO.

I have a set of batteries in my small emergency world-band radio that are supposed to keep 60-80% of their power after a year. That is unique and not sure they perform that well. Rely on small rechargeable batteries for some things? Buy a small solar panel to recharge them... < $100.
Thanks. I have seen those before but didnt know if it would be a good shtf item. Ill look into it.
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Thank God I have a pond in my back yard, an isolated lake 1/4 a mile in the woods, 3 streams on my property, and it's always raining or snowing on the coast. Not to mention I have a well. Water is not high on my list, only filtering/boiling it.

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