Tech Tuesday: Storing Your Lithium Battery

Posted November 04, 2019

Whether your off-season is winter or summer it is important to understand how to properly store your battery. Either way, there are zero challenges when it comes to prepping your lithium battery. Storing lithium batteries is simple and risk-free. Unlike lead-acid batteries, lithium can be stored in a wider range of temperatures and can be left in a partial state of charge without risking its health. Lead-acid batteries require more extensive preparation as their performance relies heavily on proper and consistent maintenance. As you can see, lithium batteries provide simple and easy solutions for both on and off-season use. Watch for more, as Simon provides all of the details on how to properly store your lithium battery.


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Hi, I'm Simon and welcome to another edition of Tech Tuesday. Our customers sometimes find themselves in off-seasons where they may not use their equipment and ths their lithium battery for extended periods of time. Whether your off-season is spring or summer it is important to understand how to properly store your LiFeP04 battery. The good news is storing lithium batteries is simple and risk-free. There are zero challenges when it comes to prepping your lithium battery for off-season storage. Simply charge your battery to 14.4V, disconnect the battery from your charger and your equipment then store in temperatures anywhere between 23 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're storing your battery for only three to six months then it's safe to store at a 50 percent state of charge. Unlike lead-acid batteries, a partial state of charge does not harm lithium batteries. Lead-acid batteries require more extensive preparation as their performance relies heavily on proper and consistent maintenance. Corrosion and acid residue must be cleaned off and water levels topped off with lead-acid. Plus, a full state of charge is necessary to prevent any damage and if they're stored below 32 degrees Fahrenheit without being fully charged they may sulfate freeze or possibly crack. On the flip side if they are stowed above 80 degrees Fahrenheit they will self-discharge and need periodic boost charging otherwise they will sulfate resulting in reduced capacity and life. As you can see lithium batteries provide simple and easy solutions for both on and off-season use. That's it for this week's Tech Tuesday thanks for watching. See you next time.


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