Use common sense. It is not difficult to care for a LiPo battery, but a LiPo battery requires more attention than other types of batteries. Below is a list of a few things to remember when caring for your battery to help ensure that your batteries last the full battery life span.
- Always check your batteries for any swelling. This is especially important when you’re getting ready to charge a LiPo battery pack.
- If the battery has been damaged or is leaking, place the battery in a LiPo charging bag. Contact your local battery recycling center to dispose of the battery. NEVER put a damaged battery in the trash.
- The cardinal LiPo battery care rule. Carefully handle your batteries and pay attention to the capacity your batteries have even when you’re not using them. If you do puncture your batteries and the gel gets on your skin, don’t panic; just wash the gel off with soap and water as soon as possible.
- Do not drop LiPo Batteries. Dropping them can create a hole in one of the cells and cause an explosion and/or a fire.
- Never leave your LiPo battery fully charged while storing them for more than 14 days. Leaving them stored at full charge will seriously decrease the longevity of the battery as well as increasing the chance of a short in the battery. Fully charged LiPo batteries are much more unstable than ones maintained at a safe storage voltage of 3.9 volts. A discharging device is essential to proper battery care.
- Do not fly your UAV too long. One of the biggest mistakes made by beginners is flying too long and completely discharging the battery. The rule of thumb is to never discharge your battery below 80% of its capacity.
Store your batteries in a LiPo battery safety bag and put them in a cool dry place.
- Location, location. Location. Do not charge your batteries near something flammable or store them near flammable items or fuel.
WARNING: We want you to be aware that a LiPo can burst into flames in what appears to be an explosion. This is VERY rare but can happen. When this happens a battery will typically have a rapid expansion of the battery pack itself followed by smoke billowing out of the battery pack. DO NOT inhale the smoke and gases escaping the battery. DO NOT attempt to move the battery. It has the potential to cause severe harm or even death. Call emergency services such as 911 or the fire department and be sure they are aware that they will be dealing with a Lithium Polymer battery.