What do you want most in the world? Global peace? Tons of money? How about a kill-two-birds tip that solves everyday problems easily and inexpensively? One that you can get started on right this minute? Yeah, now we're talking! Post-It flags have come to the rescue, solving two big rechargeable battery storage woes.
Rechargeable batteries offer tons of advantages over their single-use counterparts. But one thing they fall short on is ease of storage.
Single-use batteries are easy; store 'em, use 'em up, then recycle 'em. But with a full deck of rechargeables on hand to power up all your home tech (plus any spare camera or laptop Li-Ions you're stocking), you're looking at a junk drawer mess of is-it-or-isn't-it-charged confusion.
We love this tip from a DIY Photography reader: Stick green Post-It flags on each battery when you charge it, indicating to your future self which ones are good to go. It also has the added benefit of making batteries easy to remove from tight-fitting cases or connections by just pulling on the flag.
You could take this tip one step further and color code empty or half-full batteries with different colored flags and tabs. A red tab signals that the battery needs a recharge, while a yellow one indicates one that has a little juice left.