It is important to remember to remove the batteries from your precious toys before storing. It is recommended to remove the batteries before storing for the simple fact that batteries can and will explode without warning. I personally have been there and done that I was pissed, I thought I had ruined my Silly Rabbit because I left the batteries in it with the cradle inside. I was cleaning out my toys an going through them checking to see what had batteries in them so I could replace or remove them. Yeah I was too late on him 2 out of the 3 batteries had exploded!! I was so made luckily the inside of the battery compartment was easy to clean with no issues but the battery cradle was RUINED which meant the toy way too. I got to thinking I KNEW I had to have a toy from CalExtoic that I didn't like or use that had the same battery cradle in it. I did it was in my Wall Bangers Deluxe Rabbit Pearl, I no longer use this toy since it is made of jelly!! Score I was able to bring my Silly Rabbit back to life!
That experience brings me to this post!!!!! There are a few ways you can store the batteries without mixing partially used batteries with your new batteries and without having to leave them in the toy. With this storage deal you will also see aside from warranty reasoning on why I keep my original toy packaging.
I have some pictures here that show a few ways to store the batteries inside of the toy packaging. These ways still will NOT ruin your toys if the batteries happen to explode, unless it eats through the plastic. You can see in the photo to the left that there are batteries inside the packages. While they are inside of the packages they aren't touching the actual toy. These toys are from Blush Novelties the Coconut Splash, has a piece of plastic that goes over the vibrator itself leaving empty spaces behind it. I tossed the batteries in there before replacing the cardboard insert as well. The batteries aren't touch the Coconut Splash at all! In the other two photos shown is the Nimbus, you can see the single battery that powers it on the top of toy. This isn't touching Nimbus as there is a plastic piece that goes over the tip and the battery fits in there easily.
In the photos to the right you will find Maia Toys pictured. As you can see in each case every toy is in a plastic cradle that holds it when it arrives. When a toy has a plastic cradle you can always store the batteries or battery cradle in the back in the openings. Yes the can slide around but they are unlikely to come in contact with the actual toy. You can also see with these particular toys the papers that are in the bad those to are laying in the back of the plastic cradle that is how they came so why not toss the batteries back there too? With the Maia Toys they come with toy pouches, if you choose to store your toys in the toy pouch provided or any toy pouch for that matter you could always slip the batteries in a snack size Ziploc bag to keep them separate from the toys themselves.
While all of this sounds like a huge pain in the ass and a lot of work it will be worth it so you don't go to change out batteries to find your favorite toy is ruined!! Plus it is also said that if batteries are left inside and not being used it can also drained them quicker! That is why when you get toys that have the little button style batteries inside they have a plastic barrier in between the battery and the connector to preserve your battery's life before it gets to you. Let's all face it we don't want our toys ruined or our battery's life to be shortened.
Proper toy storage and toy care can make your toys last for many years if cared for properly.