Charging Best Practices

Charging Best Practices2017-05-22T10:33:33+00:00

Tips to Maximize Battery Life

A: To maximize the usable life of a “Lithium-Ion battery pack” during long periods of inactivity, it is recommended that devices’ batteries be fully charged, disconnected from charging sources and stored in a cool, dry location during periods of inactivity. The batteries will slowly, slightly discharge during long periods of inactivity and once ready to be used again, any remaining partial charge in batteries should be fully depleted then fully recharged for maximum operational run time.

Note: To maximize a battery’s life, each charge cycle of the battery should be fully depleted and then fully recharged. Partial discharging and re-charging will shorten the battery’s run-time and usable life span faster.

Note: Carts should be unplugged or powered down via master power switch on rear of cart.

For additional information, refer to our FAQs on summer storage here.

A:  See above—This will shorten the battery’s usable life span. Full discharge and re-charge cycle is recommended.

Maximizing the Life of Lithium-ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are at least 30% lighter, and have at least 30% more capacity than their NiMH or NiCad counterparts.

Lithium-ion batteries require a special type of charging technique. They should ONLY be recharged with approved, dedicated Lithium-ion chargers.

A Lithium-Ion battery will accept a rapid charge, but must be slow-charged the last 15% of its charge cycle. They should be charged at a rate between conventional slow chargers and a rapid charge.

Lithium-ion has no memory effect and a long life cycle, with excellent discharge performance.

Lithium-ion battery life is based on the number of times it’s recharged, which is approximately 500 cycles (when properly recharged.)

The Lithium-ion batteries installed in our eBuddy semi-rugged laptops are either 6-cell or 9-cell configurations.

In order to maximize the life of these batteries, users should recharge batteries when the power indicator displays below 13% in the Windows Power Management Accessory located in the Control Panel. This ensures that the charge contained in each of the 6 cells has been nearly depleted prior to recharging.

Recyclable BatteryFor instance, if the batteries are recharged at 85% in a 6-cell Lithium-ion battery, only the first two cells will be recharged during this cycle, lowering the life of these cells. This creates a much shorter overall life cycle, since the first two cells have had their life expectancy shortened due to improper recharging.

CLICK HERE to find a recycling center in your area, or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE (1-877-273-2925)

Resources: Safe Disposal of Used Batteries

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
The RBRC educates the public about, and promotes the recycling of, rechargeable batteries found in power tools, cordless and cellular phones, camcorders, laptop computers, and digital cameras. Consumers, retail establishments, and public agencies can all play a role in significantly reducing the number of batteries entering our solid waste stream

Battery Council International
BCI actively educates state and federal officials about the battery manufacturing and recycling industries, in an effort to enact uniform battery recycling requirements. BCI also provides technical assistance to states implementing battery recycling programs.

Portable Rechargeable Battery Association
The mission of the Portable Rechargeable Battery Association is to provide leadership in obtaining consistent domestic and international solutions to environmental and other issues affecting the use, recycling, and disposal of small, sealed rechargeable batteries

CLICK HERE to find a recycling center in your area, or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE (1-877-273-2925)

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