Smart Performance Tips for LiPo Batteries

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LiPo Battery Pack Performance Tips

 

Here are a few choice tips that will help you to get the most from your LiPo battery pack.

 

LiPo Batteries

Currently Li-po batteries are by far the most commonly used battery for RC Helicopters these days.

RC enthusiasts have adopted the LiPo battery mainly because of their light weight, improved charge capacity, and power delivery over the older style Nickel Cadmium battery packs which posed a few problems for use with electric RC helicopters.

Much of the explosive growth in our hobby is directly related to the use of LiPo batteries. While a few models can still be found that use the older type Nicad battery packs, here at RC Helicopter Reviews we recommend installing only LiPo battery packs because of their lighter weight, better durability under extreme vibration.

 

 

Charging LiPo Battery Packs

The Lithium Polymer or LiPo batteries of the type used in RC helicopters tend to have very exact charging requirements and should only be charged by chargers designed to work with your particular LiPo battery packs.

It is important that the LiPo battery charger  you’re using can handle the battery pack you are attempting to charge.

While many of the more expensive LiPo chargers can detect automatically the type of LiPo battery being charged, many of the less expensive ones are often preset at the factory.

It is important to note that some chargers (such as those used for radio controlled helicopters) are made to charge a specific battery pack and cannot be configured for use with other battery packs that may have a different cell count. It is very important that these chargers only be used to charge the batteries they are designed for.

It is always advisable to read any paper work or advisories that come with your batteries or charger before attempting to charge the battery pack. Avoid overcharging LiPo packs.

 

 

LiPo Battery Storage Tips

  • Do not store or transport or store batteries where they can come into contact with sharp or metallic objects.
  • Never place store your LiPo battery packs in extreme temperatures below 0C or above 50C.
  • It is good practice to place your LiPo pack in a safe and non flammable container away from flammable objects. A LiPo metal or ceramic storage container is best.
  • Store your LiPo battery packs partially charged. They will hold their performance levels over time and it is not necessary to cycle them unless you plan to store for periods longer than 3-6 months.

 

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LiPo Battery Handling & Storage

  • Keep LiPo battery packs WELL out of reach of children.
  • Do not put battery packs in pockets or bags where they can short circuit.
  • Do not store or transport or store batteries where they can come into contact with sharp or metallic objects.
  • Do not store your LiPo pack in extreme temperatures below 0C or above 50C.
  • Always store your LiPo pack in a safe and non flammable container away from flammable objects. A LiPo Sack or metal / ceramic storage container is best.
  • Always store your LiPo’s partially charged. They will maintain their performance levels over time and there’s no need to cycle them unless stored for periods longer than 3-6 months.

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