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What kind of container would you need to store batteries in to keep them functional after an EMP hit?
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Lead-Acid or Alkaline batteries should be fine after an EMP. To the best of my knowledge though, Lithium-Ion rechargeables have a temperature regulating chip in them that could be blown from an EMP and render the battery useless.

So in general, AA, AAA, C and D batteries shouldn't have a problem from an EMP.

You need a Faraday cage to fully protect things from EMP, a quick google search will put you in the right direction as to what that is.
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The particular batteries I want to keep protected are for diabetic blood glucose monitors. They are small, flat and round and say the following on them:
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LITHIUM
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The CR2032 and like disc styoe batteries are indeed Lithium but do not have any chips in them, so they would be safe along with the Alkaline, NiMH, Nicad batteries.
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Most batteries will survive as will most permanent magnet motors. Storing some replacement diodes and voltage regulators would be a good idea.
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If you are diabetic I'm hoping you're thinking way past batteries. Like, a stable source of refrigeration to keep insulin cool.
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Batteries will not by effected by EMP since they rely on a chemical reaction.

Like others have said, being a diabetic you have way more to worry about than batteries.
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Batteries do not need to be protected from EMP.

At all.

Period.

End of discussion.
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Lead-Acid or Alkaline batteries should be fine after an EMP. To the best of my knowledge though, Lithium-Ion rechargeables have a temperature regulating chip in them that could be blown from an EMP and render the battery useless.

So in general, AA, AAA, C and D batteries shouldn't have a problem from an EMP.

You need a Faraday cage to fully protect things from EMP, a quick google search will put you in the right direction as to what that is.
He's right about the chip. That said, a GI ammo can inside a refrigerator ought to keep just about any assembly from getting fried.
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off topic on the batteries. The diabetic here at my shop can only get a 30 day supply of insulin at most. Is it the same for you? Sorry on the divert from batteries.
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For insulin look into extracting it from animals. I believe there's a way to harvest it from pigs, knowing how to before the SHTF could be literally priceless.
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