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Cordless battery tips

Simple Guidelines for Charging Lithium-based Batteries

  • A portable device should be turned off while charging. This allows the battery to reach the threshold voltage unhindered and reflects the correct saturation current responsible to terminate the charge.
    A parasitic load confuses the charger.
     
  • Charge at a moderate temperature. Do not charge below freezing.
     
  • Lithium-ion does not need to be fully charged; a partial charge is better.
     
  • Chargers use different methods for “ready” indication. The light signal may not
    always indicate a full charge.
     
  • Discontinue using charger and/or battery if the battery gets excessively warm.
     
  • Before prolonged storage, apply some charge to bring the pack to about half charge.
     
  • Over-discharged batteries can be “boosted” to life again. Discard pack if the voltage
    does not rise to a normal level within a minute while on boost. 
     
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