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Battery Handling

Battery Handling
Keywords/keyphrases: lithium, battery, rechargeable, characteristics, ageing, cool, dry, heat, environmental, lifespan, life cycle, charge, charging, discharge, swell, swelling, temperature, ageing, humidity, time, disposal, proper, handling

Summary:

  • Applicable To: Products with Lithium base battery
  • This article highlights the characteristics of a lithium base battery and its proper handling for maximizing the potential of prolonging the battery’s life cycle.

Characteristics of rechargeable lithium base battery

  • Lithium base battery has a limited life cycle.
    • Life cycle is defined as the number of full charge-discharge cycles before significant capacity loss. A full cycle generally means when you use all of the battery’s power but may not necessary in a single charge. For example, if you use 40% of your charge in one day and then recharge it fully; and use 60% of your charge the next day and recharge fully, this two charges count as a full cycle.
  • Lithium base battery is subject to aging.
    • Lithium base battery is a consumable product and therefore subject to aging. It will gradually self-discharge even if it is not connected and discharging current.
  • Operating temperature.
    • Lithium base battery must be kept and operated within a limited operating temperature range. Operating temperature range can be found in the Products’ user guides.

Maximising your battery’s life cycle

  • Charge lithium base battery only with the charger that came with the device.
    • Using unauthorized chargers may damage your device.
  • Keep battery and its device in a cool/dry/clean environment.
    • Keeping and operating battery in a cool/dry environment helps to prolong battery life.
  • Remove cover/pouch from the device before charging.
    • Charging your device when it is in cover/pouch will generate excess heat which will affect battery capacity. Always remove cover/pouch before charging.
  • Do not store your device fully discharged or charged for long periods of time.
    • You should not leave your device stored/unused for long periods when it is fully discharged as this will cause the battery to fall into deep discharge state which may damage the battery. Leaving it stored/unused for long period when it is fully charged may cause it to lose some battery capacity and may lead to shortened battery life. It is generally advisable to leave it half-charged.

Battery Swelling

In some rare instances, a lithium base battery may swell due to (but not limited to) the following reasons:

  • Extremely high temperatures in the battery as a result of rapid charging or discharging from using the device, could have an effect on the chemistry of the battery. This chemical effect could cause your battery to swell.
  • When a battery is stored too long without usage.
  • unauthorized charger used.

Managing a swollen battery.

  • Stop using your battery/device immediately. If your device has a user-removable battery, you may try to carefully remove it. If your device has a non-user-removable batteries, place it in a safe, cool container so that the swollen battery won’t be vulnerable to puncturing upon contact with other items.
  • If in any case you need to dispose your battery or device with non user removable battery, please do so only at an authorized battery disposal facility. Contact your local disposal agency for more details.

Please note that we may revise this document from time to time without any notice to you.We encourage you to refer to this document on an ongoing basis to keep updated on how to care for your lithium base battery.

Last Updated: December 22, 2016
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Note: Product specification, technical or troubleshooting information are subjected to change. This is due to changes and/or updates in the new firmware/driver releases. Please refer to the web release notes in the download section for details.

     

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