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.
A realistic approximation of a LiPo battery’s lifespan should consider both its number of charge cycles and its age. In any case, a LiPo battery is deemed to be past its useful lifespan when its capacity has declined to about 80% of its original capacity.
While it has an average of 150–250 cycles (charging and discharging is one cycle), a LiPo battery is considered to start “aging” the first day that it is activated. This is applicable whether the battery is under regular use or is stored for a more extended period.
How a LiPo battery’s performance deteriorates during storage is determined by its storage conditions. A LiPo battery nearing it's expiration point will probably show signs of swelling or puffing. Swelling of LiPo batteries happens due to the gas generated by the decomposition of the battery’s electrolytic solution. Aside from having significantly reduced performance, a swollen LiPo battery also has a much higher chance of catching fire when it overheats.
LiPo batteries use an electrolytic solution composed of a lithium polymer that is more gel-like in texture, which naturally tends to decompose over time, producing gases such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. Gas production explains the swelling or puffing that many batteries typically experience when they get old or are poorly handled.
How to get the most out of your LiPo Battery
There's nothing you can do to prevent your battery from wearing out, you can get the most out of your lipo battery by:
- Storing it at room temperature
- Storing at 40%-50% capacity - they should not be stored dead, nor fully charge.
- Do NOT over charge - or over discharge.
- Leaving a charged battery on the charger after it's full charged is not a good idea. But charging a LiPo battery to full capacity should be fine as long as you use or discharge it within 2 or 3 days.
- A LiPo cell should never be discharged below 3.0v. SwiftPaws will not run if the battery has reached this point.
Always use the charger that is recommended for the battery. If one or more of the lights stops working, replace the charger. Using a bad charger may damage your battery.
If you purchase a compatible battery from an outside source make sure to purchase the charger that is recommended for that particular battery.
How to recycle:
There are a few places you can take your LiPo battery for recycling. Use this link to find a location near you: https://www.call2recycle.org/locator/
Or you can google it for a location near you.