|There are several steps you can take to insure
that you get maximum performance from your battery:
Breaking In New Batteries
- new batteries come in a discharged condition and must be
fully charged before use. It is recommended that you fully
charge and discharge your new battery two to four times to
allow it to reach its maximum rated capacity.
Preventing the Memory Effect
- Keep your battery healthy by fully charging and then fully
discharging it at least once every two to three weeks. Exceptions
to the rule are Li-ion batteries which do not suffer from
the memory effect.
Keep Your Batteries Clean
- It's a good idea to clean dirty battery contacts with a
cotton swab and alcohol. This helps maintain a good connection
between the battery and your portable device.
Exercise Your Battery - Do
not leave your battery dormant for long periods of time. We
recommend using the battery at least once every two to three
weeks. If a battery has not been used for a long period of
time, perform the new battery break in procedure described
Battery Storage - If you
don't plan on using the battery for a month or more, we recommend
storing it in a clean, dry, cool place away from heat and
metal objects. NiCad, NiMH and Li-ion batteries will self-discharge
during storage; remember to break them in before use. Sealed
Lead Acid (SLA) batteries must be kept at full charge during
storage. This is usually achieved by using special trickle
chargers. If you do not have a trickle charger, do not attempt
to store SLA batteries for more than three months.
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