Article ID : 00028774 / Last Modified : 02/17/2016

Can Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries be charged without first being discharged?

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If necessary, an NiMH battery can be recharged even if it still has some remaining charge capacity. Although NiMH battery is not as susceptible to memory effect as a Nickel Cadmium (NiCad®) battery, it is still recommended to discharge an NiMH battery prior to recharging if possible.