shelf life
  • The maximum length of time that a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, system, or material can be stored and still retain its performance characteristics. The light, temperature, moisture, electrical fields, magnetic fields, vibrations, and other surrounding conditions may affect this interval considerably. In the case of batteries, for instance, those with nickel cadmium cells can self-discharge in a few weeks, while alkaline batteries may retain most of their charge for several years.
  • A shelf life (1) as stated by a manufacturer.
  • synonym storage life

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