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  1. Everything you need to know about solar lights

    If you are considering investing in solar lights for your garden you probably have questions about how they work? Don’t worry, Vapextech are the leading supplier of solar light batteries and have a team of specialists equipped with years of knowledge. For this blog, we will give you all the information before you buy solar lights.

    How do solar lights work?

    Solar lights use the power from the batteries that the solar panel has collected throughout the day. Typically they use LED bulbs to provide light as they are an efficient way of converting the power back into the light. At dusk, the lights will sense the reduction in sunlight and turn the LED bulbs on. A lot of modern solar lights will have an on/off switch so you can override when you don't want the lights on.

    Why do solar products need batteries?

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  2. Solar Light Batteries Ready for Summer

    With the sunshine finally here, there’s no better time to revamp the look of your garden with an investment in solar light batteries. Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, but you will also have a spectacular light display for your garden paths once the sun goes down. They can become the perfect talking piece during one of those summer night barbeques with friends and family!

    What are the advantages of solar lights?

    Here are just some of the main benefits of using solar lights -

    1. Reliance on fossil fuels - Using green energy solutions (such as solar power), helps to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We will continue to lower our carbon footprint by lessening our use of fossil fuels plus by using solar battery storage you will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases being released into the atmosphere.

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  3. What is the best way to store Lipo Batteries?

    In times gone by, we used to run cars and aeroplanes until the batteries gave up, before waiting for the next time we could use them again. Put simply, we just stored them dead; however, this is not the case with LiPo batteries. Having said this, LiPo's should not be stored at full charge either. We would recommend storing them at room temperature at 3.8v per cell to get the longest life out of them. The majority of modern computerised chargers have a Lipo storage function that charges the batteries up to that voltage or discharges them down to that voltage.

    Understanding Lipo Batteries

    Vapextech would recommend that customers put their Lipo's in storage mode after every run, as making this force of habit will benefit you in the long run. This means you don't have to worry about whether or not you remembered to put it in storage.

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  4. The basic of NiMH batteries

    NiMH stands for nickel-metal hydride, which is one of the most successful batteries in history. It uses the same nickel-hydroxide positive electrode and KOH electrolyte as the Nickel-Cadmium battery but uses hydrogen gas to replace the cadmium in the negative electrode. The nickel-hydrogen battery is mostly used in low-orbit satellites, which charge and discharge the batteries on every pass around the earth, and requires a long cycle-life battery. Nickel-hydrogen cells have a cycle life of tens of thousands of cycles.

    How to charge NiMH batteries

    There are a number of charging methods that can be used with nickel-metal hydride batteries, although sometimes this isn't as straightforward as other types of cell or batteries. NiMH cells, similar to NiCds require charging with a constant current with the rate of charge typically specified on the case of the cell, with this rate not to be exceeded. Within the boundary of constant current charging, there are a number of techniques

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  5. The Essentials For Your Airsoft Backpack

    Here at Vapextech, we understand the importance of packing everything you need for a game of airsoft.

    The must-have equipment does not end simply with a gun, whether this is sufficient ammunition or a range of outdoor camping gear.

    What you need in your backpack depends on whether you are gearing up an indoor or outdoor event plus take into account the length of the upcoming game before loading up your bag.

    For this blog, we are going to talk you through all the backpack essentials to make sure you leave the battleground as the winner.

    6 Must-Have Items for Airsoft Backpacks

    1. Backup Gun - A backup gun, whether it is a secondary sidearm mounted to your belt or a full-on extra AEG is essential to keep you moving.
    Vapextech does not recommend doing teardowns in the field, a spare battery and an unjamming rod will be a lifesaver. If an issue arises that can be solved

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  6. Why Should I Choose Rechargeable Batteries?

    Switching from disposable batteries to a set of rechargeable batteries and an accompanying charger is a worthwhile investment with a host of benefits.

    Vapextech is one of the UK's leading suppliers of battery chargers and rechargeable batteries, with years of experience helping customers make the switch from the disposable alternative.

    5 Reasons to Choose Rechargeable Batteries

    Here are five reasons to choose rechargeable batteries -

    Eco-Friendly - There are two main types of rechargeable batteries; NiMH and NiCd batteries. The NiMH variety is the more environmentally friendly variety.
    Rechargeables are always a better choice than disposable ones because of the amount of waste thrown away. By using a battery charger and rechargeable cells you will be preventing dead batteries ending up in landfill plus you will save money.
    Rechargeable batteries are also more energy-efficient

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  7. Finding Out More About Solar Light Batteries

    As the nights start to draw in, the use of garden solar lights will only increase for homeowners who enjoy some fresh air in the early evenings.

    If you have not checked them in a while and discover that one or more has stopped working, we are going to share some handy tips to get them working again better and for longer. 

    What Should I Do If My Solar Lights Stop Working?

    Firstly, it is important to check all the components of your solar lights to find out what specific part has stopped working. The solar panel on each light probably will need cleaning, as a layer of dirt can prevent sunlight from getting through. It is important to position your lights in the best direction to get the most sunlight, and if your solar lights tilt, try to get them tilting towards the sun. 

    It is also a good idea to check the battery compartment and keep an eye out for signs of damage including broken wires, rust or water damage. Check your batteries

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  8. What is the Best Way to Store Solar Batteries?

    Home battery systems use a solar PV system to charge can be stored in two ways.

    For our latest blog, Vapextech is going to talk you through both methods.

    Two Ways to Store Solar Batteries

    The amount of time that your solar battery can run your home depends on the capacity of the battery system and the level of charge. Some home batteries could potentially power your home for over 24 hours from a full charge because the capacity of the battery is more than the average daily household electricity use. If this is only partially charged, however, or if your battery system with less capacity then your energy won't last as long when powering your home.

    Regarding the life span of a home battery system, this can vary and depends on the make and model of your battery and the way it is being used. While solar batteries are designed and optimised to undergo frequent charging and discharging they will,

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  9. How To Maximise Your Battery's Performance

    Vapextech is the UK's leading supplier of LIPO and airsoft batteries, which means we know a thing or two about maximising their performance.

    To give you a helping hand we have listed below five ways to keep your batteries working well.

    5 Ways to Keep Batteries Working Effectively

    Breaking In New Batteries - New batteries will come with a discharged condition and will need to be fully charged before being used. We would recommend that you fully charge and discharge the new battery 2-4 times which allows it to reach its maximum rated capacity.

    Prevent the Memory Effect - Another recommendation to keep your battery healthy is fully charging and then fully discharging it every 2-3 weeks. The only exception to this rule is Li-Ion batteries which do not suffer from the

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  10. FAQs about Airsoft Guns

    Here at Vapextech, we consider ourselves experts when it comes to airsoft guns and their batteries. This is why we have put together this handy list of frequently asked questions we get from customers.

    What Should I Wear While Playing Airsoft?

    Vapextech recommends eye protection be worn at all times to prevent any eye injuries. As you play at your own risk, remember to play safely.

    What Does Electric (AEG) Mean?

    Auto electric guns (AEG) are powered by a battery which can typically fire in semi and full auto mode. AEG's in full auto mode will continually fire as long as you hold down the trigger and for as long as your ammo holds out. Auto electric guns are one of the most popular airsoft guns.

    Can Airsoft Guns Break Glass?

    This can depend on the

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