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Battery Care

Taking care of a LiPo (Lithium Polymer) drone battery is crucial for ensuring its longevity, performance, and safety. Here are some essential tips for proper care and maintenance:

"Our HVLi batteries are to be charged to a maximum of 4.35 volts; charging with supplied Gannet charger is recommended."

1. Proper Charging:
- Use a high-quality, dedicated LiPo charger.
- Never charge above the recommended voltage (typically 4.2V per cell).
- Charge at a safe rate, usually 1C (where C is the capacity of the battery in mAh divided by 1000).
- Always balance charge multi-cell batteries to ensure each cell is equally charged.

2. Safe Storage:
- Store LiPo batteries at a storage voltage, typically around 3.7-3.8V per cell.
- Keep batteries in a cool, dry place. Avoid extreme temperatures (below 0°C or above 40°C).
- Use a fireproof LiPo storage bag or container.

3. Handling and Usage:
- Avoid over-discharging. Never let the voltage drop below 3.0V per cell.
- Use batteries within their recommended discharge rate (C rating).
- Allow batteries to cool down between uses and before recharging.
- Inspect regularly for any signs of damage, swelling, or puffing.

4. Safety Precautions:
- Handle with care to avoid punctures or physical damage.
- Dispose of damaged or swollen batteries properly at a recycling centre.
- Never leave charging batteries unattended.

5. Maintenance:
- Periodically check the internal resistance of the cells using a LiPo checker or charger with this feature. High resistance indicates the battery is ageing and may need replacement.
- Clean the connectors to ensure a good connection.

By following these guidelines, you can maximise the lifespan and performance of your LiPo drone batteries while ensuring safe operation.