The correct handling and storing of a Battery is crucial for a long service life.

1. Remove the Battery from the tool. Check the state of charge before storage and make sure that 2 LEDs light up on your Battery. If necessary, remove any dirt from the Battery with a slightly damp cloth.

2. Store the battery in a closed Box to protect it from moisture and sun.

3. We recommend a frost-free but cool storage temperature - the garage or a well-insulated shed, for example.

4. Store your Batteries in a safe place away from where children can reach.

Should a battery be fully charged before storage?

In the past, Batteries had to be fully charged before they were stored. This was necessary because Batteries were susceptible to severe self-discharge. The result was irreversible damage, such as loss of capacity or even an unusable Battery. This is not the case with modern Lithium-ion Batteries as this technology has a negligible self-discharge.

We recommend that you store Batteries partially charged - with two illuminated LEDs displayed. This is because when the charge is very low or the Battery is fully charged, the cells are unnecessarily stressed.

By following this advice aging and self-discharge will be minimised. With this charge level, the Battery can be stored safely for two years.

Storing Batteries


When the battery is integrated such as with the tools in the STIHL Small Garden Range you cannot remove the battery for storage. We recommend the following steps:

1. Switch off the tool and remove the activation key.

2. Remove any dirt or grime from the tool with a damp cloth.

3. Store the tool in a dry safe place. Ensure the temperature is not too cold/hot, and the tool is away from direct sunlight.

4. If there are children in your household, keep the activation key separate from the tool. 

Storing Integrated Batteries