When investing in lithium-ion batteries, you’re investing in a battery with a longer lifespan than lead-acid batteries. You want your marine battery to last as long as possible to get the highest return on your investment in lithium-ion technology. Luckily, you can do a few things to ensure your lithium-ion battery stays in ideal condition. Here are some tips for extending the life of your lithium-ion battery.
Use the Right Charger
One great benefit of lithium-ion is rapid recharge, but you must charge it properly to get the most out of your battery. An optimum 12V battery lifespan is ensured by charging at the correct voltage. Generally, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for a 12V lithium-ion battery to ensure maximum lifespan. It is also important to recharge your batteries before they die completely. Not waiting until it is totally dead will extend the battery’s lifespan.
Proper Storage is Key
With any marine electronics, proper storage has a significant impact on the lifespan of the battery. You should avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures, as elevated temperatures can reduce the life of your lithium-ion battery. When you’re storing your lithium-ion battery, do your best to follow the recommended storage temperature. Careless storage can lead to damaged parts and shorter battery life. Store it in a cool, dry place when you’re not using your lithium-ion battery.
Avoid Completely Discharging Lithium-Ion Batteries
Before charging your battery, you may be tempted to let the device release all of its energy. However, it’s far better for your lithium-ion battery to avoid a complete discharge to ensure longevity. When a lithium-ion battery is discharged below 2.5 volts per cell, the safety circuit opens, and the battery appears dead. As a result, the original charger will be of no use. You will need a specialized battery charger to have a chance of reviving the battery. Also, do not recharge deeply discharged lithium-ion batteries if they have been in that condition for months.
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher and that your smoke detector has fresh batteries. It is best to keep all lithium batteries away from any source of water. Even though the casing of the battery is designed to draw moisture away from the battery cells, it is better to be safe than sorry.
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