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How To Increase The Life Span Of Your Rechargable Batteries

Updated on December 6, 2015

Charging And Lifespan Of A Battery

The major factors which determine the lifespan of a rechargable battery will depend on how it is kept, how it is charged,the temperature it attains while charging or during usage, relative humidity, etc. In immoderate cases, it can get to the extremes. for example, an L-16 could be killed in a year by a serious overcharging. Likewise, some batteries which are occasionally charged (maybe in less that 20 times per year) has lasted more than 30years.

Batteries can be destroyed in a day, consciously or unconsciously subjected to overcharging. A gel battery was destroyed in less than 24hrs after being over charged with a large automotive charger.

Uncharging, as being said before, could also terminate the lifespan of a battery. A battery, with a lifespan of over 30years, could be destroyed, even in less than few months, when left in the port and not subjected to charging. Even the styled "dehydrated charge" (where acid is added to a battery when needed) have a ledge existence related to 18 months at major. They are not completely dehydrated - they, perhaps, are actually brimmed with acid, the plates shaped and electrified, and then the acid is dumped out.


Below Is The List Of Batteries With Their Minimum And Maximum Life Expectancy

battery
minimum expectef life
maximum expected life
starting
1 month
12 months
Marine
3 years
6years
Golf cart
2years
7years
AGM (deep cycle)
4years
7years
Gelled (deep cycle)
2years
5years
Deep cycle (L-16 type etc)
4years
8years
Rolls-Surrette (deep cycle)
7years
15years
Industrial deep cycle (C rown and Rolls 4KS series)
10years
20years+

Best Battery Maintenance Policies

It does not matter if other chargers can charge your device

It is highly recommended that you should, as a matter of fact, never attempt to use any battery charger different from the recommended one. No matter how similar the charger is: it could be charging slowly, perfectly or, even, faster than the recommended one; but once it does not have the same properties as the recommended one, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MANAGE IT.


Do not subject your device to a high temperature charging


As being said before, the temperature is one of the factors that affect the lifespan of a battery. One thing you should avoid is a situation in which your device is subjected to overheating. Too much of heat will, of course, drain your battery faster than you can envisage, even if the battery is not being use at that given time. A high temperature gradually kills a battery when such battery is being subjected to it. Your battery temperature rises when connected to an electric source. You should, therefore, try not to charge your device all the time; or better still if you are to plug your device for a very long period, try to remove your battery if the battery is easily removable.

Avoid determining the capacity of your battery by completely charging your battery over and over

You need not teach your device what the capacity of your battery is by continuously subjecting it to complete charging. In other words, avoid 100% full charging all the time. You do not need to determine how strong your battery is or how long it can power your device by allowing it to be fully charged and fully drained consecutively. You can know the capacity of you battery, if needed, by charging it to a certain percentage( below 100%) and consuming the power to a certain level. You can then interpolate between the degree of charge and time taken to consume it to the observed level. You can later extrapolate to get the rate of consumption.



Ensure you always keep your battery to an optimum level of charge

For you to enjoy the best battery lifespan, you should try as much as possible to keep your battery around the degree of 50% charge. This is, of course, the optimum percentage your battery should be kept in order to have the best maintenance policy.



Charge your battery as little as possible throughout the day.

In addition to fully charged avoidance, you should also, as a good maintenance policy, not allow your battery to be completely drained over and over; it is very bad for a battery and such battery is very likely to die soon, if subject to such manner of usage. Once again avoid charging your battery from the zero percentage to the 100% and completely draining it again. It kills faster than you can envisage. Charge your battery as little as possible throughout the day.

Remove your battery from the device if you are to store it for a very long period

Do not, as a matter of policy, attempt to leave your battery inside your device if it is not going to be used for a very long time. You should avoid such practice completely. However, in the case where the battery cannot be removed from the device or the device is not going to be in use for only a very short period, you should ensure it is charged to a 50% capacity. In this situation, the battery capacity might not be too much affected.

The Conclusion On How You Can Elongate The Lifespan Of Your Device Battery

In conclusion, the best way to make your device battery a long lasting one is simply by cultivating a good maintenance culture of charging it (your battery). You must be conscious of your device battery when charging it. Your charger properties are very important in such a way that it must correspond to the recommended specifications.

And also, another important thing to take note of is the manner in which you charge your battery. Do not overcharge your battery; do not overuse by draining your battery power completely. In the case of storage, ensure you battery is removed from your device and in a situation whereby it cannot be removed; or a situation whereby the battery will only not be use for just a short period of time, ensure that the battery is being charged to a 50% degree.

Note: the heart of your device is its battery.

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