Tracer Power rechargeable lithium batteries, when used correctly and following proper guidelines, offer a safe and efficient way to power a wide range of devices. However, it’s essential to understand and adhere to specific charging practices to ensure both optimal battery performance and user safety.
Tracer Power lithium batteries (Li-ion, LiPo & LiFePO4) are engineered with built-in protection circuits that guard against overcharging, over discharging, and short-circuits. These protection mechanisms play a crucial role in preventing potential hazards and extending the battery’s lifespan. Here are eight tips to help you charge your Tracer Power (& Most other) lithium-ion batteries safely and make the most of their capabilities.
Tracer Power batteries are engineered with built-in protection circuits that guard against overcharging, over discharging, and short-circuits. These protection mechanisms play a crucial role in preventing potential hazards and extending the battery’s lifespan. Here are eight tips to help you charge your Tracer Power (& Most other) lithium-ion batteries safely and make the most of their capabilities.
Always use a charger that is specifically designed for the type and capacity of lithium battery you have. Using incompatible chargers can lead to overcharging or overheating.
Always supervise the charging process and never leave the battery unattended while it’s charging. Lithium batteries have built-in protection, but it’s important to be cautious. When charging, the location should also have a working smoke detector fitted in close proximity.
Emphasising point 2, never leave your batteries charging unattended.
Charging at extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) can damage the battery or even lead to thermal runaway (in extremely rare situations). Charge within the recommended temperature range provided in your batteries instructions:
LiPo: 0ºC ~ 45ºC
Li-Ion: 0ºC ~ 45ºC
LiFePO4: 0ºC ~ 40ºC
Overcharging a lithium battery can lead to several issues. When a lithium-ion battery is overcharged, the voltage across its cells increases beyond safe limits. This can cause electrolyte breakdown, leading to the formation of gas inside the battery and potential leakage. In extreme cases, this gas can cause the battery to swell, rupture, or even catch fire.
Charge your lithium batteries in a well-ventilated and fire-resistant area. Avoid charging them on flammable surfaces or near easily ignitable materials. A working smoke detector should be in close proximity to the equipment and ensure fire exits remain clear of obstacles.
It’s generally recommended to avoid letting lithium batteries fully discharge before recharging. Frequent deep discharges degrade the can shorten the battery’s lifespan. Deep discharges can stress the battery’s chemistry and internal components, leading to increased wear and tear
Before charging, inspect the battery and charger for any physical damage. If you notice any swelling, punctures, or unusual behaviour, do not attempt to charge the battery and instead dispose of it properly.
Although some of these might sound extreme, rechargeable lithium chemistry is very safe when used correctly. Following the above steps will increase Lithium charging safety and minimise accidents while maximising the life of your battery. There are other ways to maximise your battery’s lifetime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us and one of our battery experts will gladly help.