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Important Battery Information

How to charge, use, and store the Home Original (11.1v) battery & the Home Plus (14.8v) LiPo battery

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Home original 11.1v Battery
Home original 11.1v Battery
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Home Plus 14.8v Battery
Home Plus 14.8v Battery
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Battery Charger
Battery Charger
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LiPo battery expert link:

We're not LiPo battery experts, so we found one for you:They require specialized care, and this article explains all about this:An Expert's Guide to Understanding LiPo Batteries — Roger's Hobby Center (rogershobbycenter.com)

Charging Habit

ALWAYS charge to full before EACH USE - including the first time out of the box!. Always charge to full even if you only used it a little bit the time before, the final stage of the charging balances the voltage in the internal cells; using it withou

Home and Home Plus batteries are not interchangeable

Home original and Home Plus batteries ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE!. Home original uses an 11.1v battery Home Plus uses a 14.8v battery. However - the "upgraded charger" on our website WILL charge both the Home original 3 cell 11.1v battery and the Home P

Is a swollen battery dangerous? YES!

YES! A swollen battery is dangerous. Do not attempt to use or charge a swollen or otherwise damaged battery. Keep it in the fire resistant bag and take it to a recycle center ASAP. Google "battery recycle center near me". What causes the battery to s

Quick Tips on Battery Use

CAUTION: The battery should always be allowed to come to room-temperature before charging. Charging a hot or cold battery might delay charging or damage the battery. For best results, charge the battery at temperatures between 50º and 80ºF (10º-30ºC)

Battery won't charge

If you ever charged the battery and then let it sit for longer than two days unused or if you ever used the battery and let it sit longer than 2 days without charging it to the storage voltage it may be damaged and won't charge.

First Charge - out the box - Charge to full!

Fully charge the LiPo battery before use - each and every time - including before using the battery the FIRST TIME out of the box. The battery is shipped having been charged to the ideal storage charge - so be sure to fully charge your battery upon r

Storing the LiPo Battery

Storage voltage for LiPo batteries is 3.8v per cell - the lipo battery is most stable at that voltage. Long Term Storage. When storing the battery for a long term (more than 3 months), it is recommended to place it in an environment with a temperatur

The Goldilocks Rule - Using a LiPo Battery

Unused battery🔥charged to full or ❄️not charged to storage voltage after use may damage the battery. Charged to the storage voltage is 👍Just Right. Charge to full just before use.

Recharge LiPo Battery Before Fully Discharging - YES!

LiPo batteries don't develop memory or voltage depression characteristics like NiCd/NiHm batteries, and do not need to be discharged before being charged 🎉. *Note: Unless the voltage is perfectly balanced between the internal cells you won't see FUL

Which LiPo Battery do I have?

Your SwiftPaws Home Original uses an 11.1V 1500mAh 3-cell 25c LiPo battery that has an xt60 connector that plugs into the main drive unit; and a four pin connector that plugs into the charger for charging. A fully charged Home Original battery is goo

Battery Charging Bag

Always use a fire resistant LiPo safety bag, metal ammo box, or other fire resistant container when you are charging, discharging, or storing your LiPo batteries. While LiPo fires are rare, they can happen incredibly quickly and can do a lot of damag

Useable Voltage Range of Your LiPo Battery

Storage voltage for LiPo batteries is 3.8v per cell - the LiPo battery is most stable at this voltage. The usable voltage range for a standard LiPo battery cell is 3.2v to 4.2v. Any lower than 3.2v - the battery may be permanently damaged. Any higher

DO NOT Charge the Battery in the Drive

Do not charge the battery while it is plugged into the drive. Always disconnect the charger from the battery before attempting to operate the drive. WARNING!!  Leaving the battery plugged into the drive while charging may damage the drive, battery, a

Dispose of LiPo Battery Responsibly

!!!!! CAUTION: DO NOT REMOVE THE BATTERY LABEL/WRAPPER !!!!!  About your battery: Your SwiftPaws Home uses an 11.1V 1500mah 3-cell 25c LiPo battery that has an xt60 connector with a discharge rate that does not exceed 60c. Expected Lifespan: A realis

Best Practice for LiPo Battery Longevity

BEST PRACTICE for optimum performance and longevity of your LiPo battery:. Tips for following the items above:. NOTE: the upgraded charger has a voltage readout - which takes the guesswork out and it works with both the 11.1v & 14.8v batteries. The 1

LiPo Battery Care

Caring for a LiPo Battery. There's nothing you can do to prevent your battery from wearing out, but you can get the most out of your LiPo battery through proper use, charging, and storage. Search articles in this support center on specific topics for

Too Hot & Too Cold Can Dramatically Shorten Lifespan

Avoid exposing the LiPo battery to extreme temperatures. Always remember that heat is the number one enemy of LiPo batteries. The hotter your batteries get, the shorter their lifespan will be. Never charge a battery that is still warm from usage, and

Flying with a LiPo Battery

Always pack your LiPo batteries in your carry-on bag and never in your checked baggage when traveling on an airplane. It’s the law. Disclaimer. The advice given above is general in nature and you are responsible for the safety of your batteries. Swif

Battery won't charge/hold a charge

If the battery will not charge - or will not hold a charge - it is damaged and must be replaced. Common causes of this are:. Leaving the LiPo battery plugged into the main drive unit when not in use is not recommended. The battery may continue to dra

It's hard to unplug the battery!

The battery plug is small, but you don't have to worry too much about pulling the wires loose. While it is a possibility, we have not seen this happen yet! So while it is a possibility, it is also unlikely.  But we know that it IS hard to get a hold

Operating Temperatures for the LiPo Battery

Operating Temperature Limits:           Charge: 50ºF to 113ºF           Discharge: 50ºF to 140ºF1) Let battery cool down to ambient temperature before charging.2) During discharge and handling of batteries, do not exceed 160ºF. Disclaimer. The advice

Known Causes for Battery Swelling

Known causes for battery swelling:. Always charge the LiPo battery inside a fire resistant container such as a fireproof battery charging bag. IMPORTANT: Fully charge charge every time to assure proper balance of all cells inside the battery. CAUTION

Plugging the battery into the main drive unit.

This connector on the battery:  (can be a different color). Plugs into the port inside the battery compartment:. Be sure the plug is tightly seated as shown below. It is a tight fit. It is difficult to grasp the plug to unplug it - it is fine to pull

How do I discharge the battery?

You discharge the battery by using it in the SwiftPaws main drive. There are also battery chargers that also have a discharge feature.

How to use the charging bag

Always charge and store your LiPo battery inside a fire resistant bag or similar container. Place battery inside bag and close the flap. Note the slit on the side near the flap for the charging wire/plug to extend outside the bag for attaching to the

General Info About LiPo Battery

1. Never charge, discharge, use, or store a damaged or puffy LiPo battery. Immediately dispose of them properly Avoid purchasing used LiPo batteries. You never know what the previous owner did with them and they could already be badly damaged. “LiP

Battery Operating Temperature Limits

LiPo Battery Operating Temperature Limits:. For Charging: 50ºF to 113ºF. For Discharging*: 50ºF to 140ºF. 1) Let battery come to room temperature before charging. 2) During discharge and handling of batteries, do not exceed 160ºF. *Discharging means

Cold Temperatures & LiPo batteries Don't Mix

LiPo batteries and cold temps don't mix well. The discharge rating of a LiPo battery is directly affected by the temperature of the battery. When the temperature of the battery is below 50° F (10° C), you'll start to notice performance drops; signifi

The Battery CANNOT be Charged While Running SwiftPaws!

No! The battery CANNOT be charged while also running the system.  Always disconnect the charger from the battery before attempting to operate the drive.  WARNING!! Attempting to charge the battery while operating the SwiftPaws drive will result in