Life Expectancy of your LiPo Battery
How often will I have to replace the LiPo battery?
There are multiple factors that determine how long your LiPo battery will last. Many of them you control!
- The number of charge cycles
- The battery's age
- How it is used
- How it is charged
- How it is stored
Assuming proper use, charging, storage, and conditions - the battery should last from 6 months to a year or longer!
In any case, a LiPo battery is deemed to be past its useful lifespan when its capacity has declined to 80% of its original capacity.
There are many enemies to your battery's longevity - some major ones are:
- Leaving the battery plugged into the drive when not in use
- Leaving the battery on the charger after reaching a full charge
- Over use - discharging the battery beyond the recommended minimum voltage
- Improper storage
Leaving the LiPo battery plugged into the main drive unit when not in use is not recommended. The switch may get accidentally turned on and the battery will continue to drain - and if the voltage drops below the minimum voltage. This will permanently damage the battery. Protect your investment - ALWAYS disconnect the battery plug from the drive when not in use.
Generally a LiPo battery has an average of 150–250 cycles (charging and discharging). Additionally, a LiPo battery is considered to start “aging” the first day that it is activated. Even with minimum or occasional, if it's 12-18 months old, performance will begin to decline.
How you charge, use, and store the battery plays a significantly larger part in the overall life expectancy of your LiPo battery.
Once your battery reaches 80% capacity it will need to be replaced - depending on use, it could be from 6 - 18 months. Charge cycles are only one factor that affects lifespan.
Please make sure to dispose of the battery properly - google "battery recycle center near me"
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.