More Frequently Asked Questions
How do I charge my battery?
Your battery can be charged by using an adapter or a USB cable, or using a car charger provider your device has that capaibility. See below for some more specifics on how best to charge your battery.
- Each chemistry has different charging times. NiCad and NIMH batteries require 10-12 hours to fully charge while Lithium Ion batteries can be charged withing 1-4 hours (depending on capacity).
- A portable device should be turned off while charging. This allows the battery to reach the threshold voltage unhindered and reflects the correct saturation current responsible to terminate the charge.
- Charge at a moderate temperature. Do not charge below freezing.
- Lithium-ion does not need to be fully charged; a partial charge is better. This holds true with NiCad or NIMH batteries.
- Chargers use different methods for “ready” indication. The light signal may not always indicate a full charge.
- Discontinue using charger and/or battery if the battery gets excessively warm.
- Before prolonged storage, apply some charge to bring the pack to about half charge.
- Over-discharged batteries can be “boosted” to life again. Discard pack if the voltage does not rise to a normal level within a minute while on boost.
- Deep-discharging batteries is not something you want to do with each charge but only once in a while to recalibrate the devices operating systems reading of the battery's fuel gauge.