My camera uses LI rechargeable batteries. I ordered a couple of new
ones, and in a moment of weakness read the instructions that came with
them. In a nutshell, they say they ship them uncharged, and for best
results I should fully charge them, then discharge them, and then fully
charge them. These instructions are consistent with other small
rechargeable batteries that have come into my life.
Charging them is no problem, as the camera has a built in charger.
Discharging them is not explained anywhere that I have found, other than
that they say don't short them out. I used to discharge them by taking
a lot of pictures, but recently the batteries have greater capacity, and
to discharge these, for example, I would have to take about 1000
pictures, and that would take a while.
So my question is how to safely but rapidly discharge these batteries,
especially as this initial conditioning will be more and more frequent
as devices move to the more modern battery technology? One article I
found said they will discharge themselves over a month or two, and
suggests setting a schedule to recharge them, but also warns against
recharging before the battery is substantially discharged (not for LI
but for other types of rechargeables) to avoid creating a memory in the
battery, so there must be some way to discharge these batteries other
than using them, or just letting them sit around.