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Best Practice for LiPo Battery LongevityUpdated 2 years ago

BEST PRACTICE for optimum performance and longevity of your LiPo battery:

  • Unplug the LiPo battery from the main drive unit when not in use - even for short breaks
  • Always start with a freshly, fully charged battery - every time!
  • Always use a fire resistant container such as a battery charging bag to charge the LiPo battery.
  • Never leave the battery unattended when charging
    • Note: you can stop charging before it reaches full and continue charging later - as long as you don't USE it until it has been fully charged. 
  • Use the fully charged battery within a day or two 
  • A fully charged battery should not sit unused longer than 3 days
  • Bring the battery to room temperature before charging
  • Stop charging after all three LED lights have turned green - or the charger readout indicates a full charge
  • Store the battery properly
  • Your SwiftPaws drive will not work well, or stop working all together when the voltage gets too low. 

Tips for following the items above:

  • Stop using the 11.1v Home Original battery after approx. 10 minutes of motor run time to avoid over-discharging.
  • Stop using the 14.8v Home Plus battery after approx. 30 minutes of motor run time to avoid over discharging.
  • Purchase additional batteries or a larger capacity battery if you require longer run times
  • Plan ahead - charge the battery just before use - the day before is fine - so that fully charged batteries aren't sitting longer than recommended

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 11.1v Home Original battery: 

  • voltage should not be allowed to drop below 9.6 
  • fully charged battery voltage is 12.6 

The 14.8v Home Plus battery:

  • voltage should not be allowed to drop below 12.8v
  • fully charged battery voltage is 16.8v 

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).


The advice given above is general in nature and you are responsible for the safety of your batteries. SwiftPaws is not responsible for any direct, indirect, special, or consequential damages and personal injuries, including that to life, and health, resulting from the customer’s application and use of batteries sold by SwiftPaws.com.

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