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Old 01-24-2021, 09:31 AM   #1
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Default LiPo Battery Care Tutorial?

Where I live, we are getting into the heart of winter, with daytime high temperatures in the teens (of degrees F) and wind chills down to single numbers, and, of course, snow on the ground.

Given this, I just gave my Traxxas batteries a storage charge, as I am unlikely to take the X-Maxx out for a few weeks.

30-ish years ago, I used NiCad batteries with the Tamiya kits I built up with my kids. Prior to now, that was my RC experience. I do not have a good understanding of the LiPo battery chemistry or handling, really. Is there any good tutorial information about the care and feeding of these new-fangled LiPo batteries, that explains balance charging, fast charging, "max" charging, and storage charging, and when each type of charging is useful, and what all goes on with these batteries?

Thanks, in advance, for all your tips and advice!

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Old 01-24-2021, 10:29 AM   #2
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Storage charge to store.

Fully charge to use.

Make sure your LiPo cut off is set right so as not to deplete the cells to far.

Done.
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Old 01-24-2021, 10:35 AM   #3
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There's a million different things out there on the internet... luckily I think most people actually agree on battery care.

https://rogershobbycenter.com/lipoguide/ I've seen this one linked a few times, and it seems to be correct to my understanding.

There's also a few videos on Amain's YouTube channel that might be worth a watch. Actually pretty much all of the bigger RC channels have made videos on LiPo charging, discharging and general care.
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Old 01-24-2021, 11:13 AM   #4
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^^^^^ The website OutLore has indicated. I have posted that up on a number of threads over the years. Looks like it has finally been up-dated from when I first found it. Probably way more information than you want but a good read all the same.
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Old 01-24-2021, 02:05 PM   #5
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There's a million different things out there on the internet... luckily I think most people actually agree on battery care.

https://rogershobbycenter.com/lipoguide/ I've seen this one linked a few times, and it seems to be correct to my understanding.

There's also a few videos on Amain's YouTube channel that might be worth a watch. Actually pretty much all of the bigger RC channels have made videos on LiPo charging, discharging and general care.

Thank you for the link!

That was a great read!!!!
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Old 01-24-2021, 03:49 PM   #6
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There's a million different things out there on the internet... luckily I think most people actually agree on battery care.

https://rogershobbycenter.com/lipoguide/ I've seen this one linked a few times, and it seems to be correct to my understanding.

There's also a few videos on Amain's YouTube channel that might be worth a watch. Actually pretty much all of the bigger RC channels have made videos on LiPo charging, discharging and general care.
Thanks *very* much! Great info - just what I was looking for.

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Old 01-25-2021, 10:33 AM   #7
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One point that I want to add is that newer information than what's in that article has indicated the salt water soak is a really bad idea and should never be used to try and drain a pack.

The danger is that because the tabs inside the pack are so small and made of fine guage metal the salt can corrode the tabs off which may produce a false reading of 0V.

If you can get it to 0V using a lightbulb or similar discharger then it can be thrown away in household waste but the lithium has reasonable value and the pack should actually be recycled. Any battery recycler can accept them (and they'll accept them with voltage still in them), I've found they generally want all connectors clipped off with the wires all taped and cut at different lengths so there's no chance of a short.
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Old 01-25-2021, 10:43 AM   #8
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Home Depot (and probably Lowe's too) will take batteries for recycling and they are everywhere (convenience).
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Old 01-25-2021, 10:53 AM   #9
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Thanks very much, again, folks! Excellent advice and tips!

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