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when to charge
hello just wonderd what is best for care of batteries, is it better to fully deplete a battery or charge it when it first shows signs of a power drop i.e.  when the light on my device goes to amber, personally i am using 18650 batteries and does  this apply to all types of rechargeables
30-03-2015 05:05 PM
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RE: when to charge
I usually wait until they are very low, then put them on the charger overnight. Been using the same batteries for almost 2 years. I have 2 purple eFest batteries that are about 18 months old, and a black Orbtronic IMR battery that I've had for almost 2 years. I use the black at night, and in the morning before work. I put in one of the purples before going to work, and change out halfway through the night (Approximately 6 hours, give or take)
30-03-2015 05:23 PM
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RE: when to charge
Best to charge them when required. I'd charge them as soon as you feel the power dropping off. Just keep the cells for immediate use fully charged.


But don't store them fully charged, discharge to 3.6-3.7V for storage

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30-03-2015 05:52 PM
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RE: when to charge
thanks for the info , was there ever such a thing as battery memory in older type batterys, where if charged at half or lower ,than fully depleted it would affect the storage capacity of the battery ...
30-03-2015 09:53 PM
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RE: when to charge
That was recorded once in a computer controlled charger for a satellite using NiCd cells. Battery memory is mostly a myth. See Dan Rutter on the topic.

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31-03-2015 08:20 AM
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RE: when to charge
That article by Dan Rutter is brilliant.  I'm all about trying to rid the world of a little ignorance every day.  Smile

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24-04-2015 08:30 PM
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Dan's style is great - you can get lost in the links he puts in for hours.

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RE: when to charge
Regarding lithium batteries they will always last considerably longer if you do not run them down too low .  Thats a big no no, if batteries have lasted really long by running them down really low consider yourself very lucky .  "Battery University" has great articles on what kills batteries the fastest and what to always do to prolong their life .

Data on every battery type as well in easy to understand terms.
29-04-2015 12:52 AM
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RE: when to charge
I swap mine out at around 50% (I have a Sigelei with battery meter).

I let them drop to 36% once and it wouldn't fire.
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RE: when to charge
Overdischarging is bad for any lithium rechargeable battery. So do overcharging.
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