Lipo batteries can be confusing. There are many different types of capacities for different purposes, and certain ways of storing and recharging them. In order to help you choose the right battery, and know a bit more about them in general, here is our guide to Lipo batteries.
Lipo batteries are a lot more lightweight compared to batteries such as NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) or NiCd (nickel cadmium) batteries. They also hold more power than their counterparts, and have higher discharge rates. Unfortunately though, Lipo batteries have a very sensitive chemical balance, and therefore need to be stored properly to avoid possible punctures.
Due to Lipo batteries having a delicate chemical balance, it is very important that they are stored correctly for maximum usage and safety. Ideally they should be stored in some sort of fireproof container at room temperature at 3.8v per cell.
There are computerised chargers on the market with a storage function, which can charge your Lipo batteries up or down to the 3.8v voltage. It is also recommended that after every use they are put into storage, as lipo batteries can become damaged if they remain in storage fully charged for around a week. Taking these precautions ensure that you get longevity out of your battery life as well as giving you piece of mind.
It is very important to use a Lipo compatible charger for your lipo batteries. This includes a balancing action, which equalises the voltage of each cell in a battery pack. It is also a good idea to invest in some balance protector clips to help connect the balance tap to your battery without pulling on the wires of your battery and potentially shorting it. It is best to charge the battery slowly in a fireproof container, and never leave the battery charging unattended- this isn’t as simple as charging your phone!
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