Caring for Your Lithium-ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are perhaps the most widespread power source. This popular product is used to power a number of gadgets around the home and office, including portable devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, handheld consoles and cordless power tools, thanks to its rechargeable components, high energy density and lasting battery life.

However, unbeknown to many, lithium-ion batteries require a certain degree of care to maintain their condition and longevity. Steatite Batteries offers their top tips for lithium-ion battery care so you can make the most of your favourite gadgets.

1. Do not discharge regularly

Whilst many battery products require complete discharge before there are recharged once more, the lithium-ion battery does not need to be discharged on a regular basis. Due to its sensitivity, lithium-ion batteries are prone to breakdown and aging meaning this battery product can only sustain a certain number of discharge cycles.

Using partial discharges at a depth of 10% to 25% reduces stress on the lithium-ion battery and prolongs service life.

2. Fine tune your battery’s calibration

Whilst partial discharges are recommended, running your battery down to between 5% and 10% every month can improve your battery’s calibration. Calibration ensures the power gauge of your device is as accurate as possible and the run time is precisely calculated.

3. Store in optimum conditions

Storing your battery in the correct conditions can have a significant impact on its service life, and whilst lithium-ion batteries are revered for their low maintenance, they must be stored using the following steps to limit degradation…

  • Store your battery at 40% charge
  • Ensure conditions are cool and dry
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight

If you are storing for a long period, then topping up your battery’s charge to the recommended 40% is advisable. The temperature in which your battery is stored is instrumental to its condition, storing at an extreme temperature of 60°C will cause major deterioration and permanent capacity loss. Keep your battery cool to ensure lower capacity loss and reduced aging.

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