How To Charge A Lithium Ion Battery
To prolong the life of your battery pack, keep these tips in mind for proper lithium-ion battery care.
New Lithium Ion Batteries
On the contrary to popular belief, you do not need to prime a new lithium-ion battery. This means you don't have to fully discharge and charge the first cycle of the battery. Lithium-ion batteries have maximum capacity available from the beginning and the 1st charge is no different to the 10th charge.
What you need to do: Just top up the charge and you're ready to go.
The lifespan of your lithium-ion battery should last between 400-500 charge and discharge cycles. Depending on your usage, this usually amounts to 2-3 years. After that, your battery will have a reduced capacity charge and only hold 80% of a new cell. So in actual fact, your lithium-ion battery can last a good while longer than 3 years.
The surrounding temperature affects battery health quite significantly. To ensure maximum capacity, operate and store in cool dry temperatures. To prevent the risk of damaging your battery, use only the designated smart charger that is provided. Our smart chargers have built-in circuits that are specifically tailored to provide the correct voltage to our lithium-ion cells, which prevents overcharging.
Follow these steps to maintain the health of your battery pack.
What you need to do: Charge your battery as required. Don't worry about fully discharging - partial and random charges are completely fine.
What you need to do: For your own safety and the health of your battery, use only the designated smart charger.
What you need to do: Store in a cool dry place (25°C and below). Charge at room temperature 25°C. Never charge below 0°C or above 40°C.
Long Term Storage
There are times where you might not use your battery for a prolonged period of time. Here are tips to maintain the maximum battery capacity for long term storage.
What you need to do: Maintain 40% charge level before putting into storage.
What you need to do: Place the battery into an air-sealed container, in cool temperatures such as your fridge (0°C - 4°C), not the freezer.
Allow the battery to warm to ambient room temperature before charging again.
If these tips and instructions are not followed you may risk damaging your battery to the point where it is unusable. You may also endanger your own safety and that of others if the battery is not used properly. When paired with a mismatched charger, overheating or overcharging can occur and there is an inherent risk of combustion and fire.
What you can do: Observe any signs of physical damage to the battery. Do not use if battery is dented, ruptured or leaking.
What you can do: Observe signs of overcharging and overheating. Do not use or charge if you detect swelling, smoke or high temperatures.
If the above signs are detected, stop usage and store is a safe place away from flammible materials.
And.. that's it! Go play with your new lights!