We live in a world that is encapsulated in technology, which means that there is a constant need for power that is going to be able to run these new types of technology. A couple of decades before a new invention was made which made it possible to have electric current stored in itself without the need for a cable or something similar. That technology was known as batteries and today we live in a world where almost every piece of technology that we own has some sort of battery installed within itself.
But the constant need for more power has paved the way for more powerful batteries to be invented. That same need has made an innovation into something new and much more powerful. That invention is something called a Lithium polymer battery, but as you might know that lithium polymer battery has their fair share of issues when it comes to long term stability, that’s why countless research has taken place to improve on the issues of the Lithium Polymer battery and make a new one that does not have the issues that it predecessor has. All that research made the Lifepo4 battery.
Considering these batteries are fairly new and most people don’t know how to properly use it, so today we are going to be showing you how you can take care of your Lifepo4 batteries, so without further ado, let’s get started.
Avoid Storing Your Batteries in a Hot Environment
We know that these Lifepo4 batteries don’t have the issues that a traditional might have but, it still is a battery and it also has the same things that you should take care of. The first of the things that you should look into is that your batteries should not be stored in a hot environment. It does not matter if you are using your batteries or not, you have to make sure that your batteries always stay at room temperature, which is between 25 to 30 degrees Celsius.
The main reason for keeping your batteries at room temperature is that batteries that are kept in hot environments tend to stress the ions more than usual which makes the battery degrade faster than usual, which means that if your batteries are rated to last more than 10 years, they might degrade completely in less than 8.
Don’t Completely Discharge Your Battery
One thing that you have to make sure of your batteries is that you don’t discharge them completely. This is because these batteries are made in such a way that they don’t have any charge memory which allows them to recharge normally. That’s why it is recommended that you don’t drain the battery completely because once the depth of discharge falls below 40% the inefficiency of this battery starts.
If you want to prolong the life of the battery as much as possible then it is recommended that you charge the batteries as often as you can to maintain the efficiency of the battery as much as possible.
The main use of these types of batteries is in the Use of a solar plant. Because of their big size and low voltage generation, they are perfect in this application and the constant charging of the batteries also allows them to stay efficient for as long as possible.
Keep Batteries Away From Moisture
If you know a little about chemistry than you would know that lithium and water don’t go together so well. To be clear when lithium reacts with water lithium hydroxide and hydrogen gas is formed and since hydrogen gas is extremely flammable and it is surrounded with electric current, the chances of the gas catching fire are extremely probable, on the other hand, the lithium hydroxide absorbs the surrounding carbon dioxide creating enriched oxygen and water in the process continuing a cycle.
Although these batteries are very safe, it wouldn’t hurt to keep a class D fire extinguisher handy in case of a fire. But as long as you will be able to keep these batteries away from any sort of moisture you are going to be just fine. Just a pointer a class D fire extinguisher is on combustible metals so this is the only fire extinguisher that going to work on these fires whereas the rest are just going to make it worse.
Always Use Proper Charging Voltage
One thing that all batteries need is a charge to keep doing the work that these batteries need to do. But since we live in a world where we want everything to be as fast as possible, we also want these batteries to charge faster. But there is a big issue with that, to get a battery to charge faster than its normal speed, most people try to use a charger that outputs a higher voltage. But most people don’t know that these batteries are only made to be charged at a certain voltage anything higher than the recommended voltage is only going to stress the ions more and the battery will degrade faster.
There is a voltage limit that is specified by every manufacture, so if you want to make sure that your batteries last as long as possible then you have to make sure that these batteries get the charge that is recommended for them.
Store Batteries At 40% Charge
The mistake that most people make when storing their batteries is that they store it with a complete charge. When a battery has a complete charge, the ions tend to oxidize at a very high rate, and they will keep oxidizing until their charge is reduced. That’s why you should store your batteries at 40% – 50% this is the ideal charge that a battery should have when being stored. Any lower and the battery will not charge properly next time and any higher and the battery will degrade.
These batteries are some of the longest-lasting batteries that you will find in the market and if you want to preserve its life then we suggest that you apply these tips to maintain the life of your battery.