How to store your Lithium-Ion Battery properly

How to store your Lithium-Ion Battery properly

A commonly asked question that we get at D&O Lighting is “How do I properly store my D&O Lighting 14.8v lithium-ion batteries?” D&O Lighting is one of the few professional lighting and battery distributors with years of experience in the industry. Our goal is to provide high-quality products at competitive prices to make our customers’ lives easier. In order for our customers to leave our shop satisfied, they need to have a comprehensive understanding of lithium-ion battery storage and why 14.8v batteries need to be stored properly. Here are a few tips to follow when storing your lithium-ion batteries:

Always store your batteries at the correct battery charge percentage

When it comes to storing lithium-ion batteries, battery charge is incredibly important. The only time that it would be safe to store your 14.8v lithium-ion battery fully charged would be if you are storing it short term, as in day-to-day. For all other times, lithium-ion batteries should be kept at 40% battery charge. By keeping your batteries charged at 40%, you will keep its protection circuit operational and in stable condition

Never store your lithium-ion battery in extreme temperatures

Most 14.8v lithium-ion battery distributors store their batteries in temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature drops significantly below 60 degrees, electrolytes within the battery will be activated, which can result in your battery charging slower and dying quicker. On the other hand, when storage temperatures are too hot, the battery’s cell deterioration will accelerate, resulting in a shorter lifespan and charge capacity.

Avoid overcharging and undercharging your batteries

This tip is crucial for the storage of lithium-ion batteries particularly. Overcharging a lithium-ion battery can lead to the battery becoming unstable at an accelerated rate. Lithium-ion batteries should last 2 years- or around 300 charges- but this timeframe will decrease drastically if batteries are overcharged. Similarly, fully discharging a 14.8v lithium-ion battery can also be dangerous it will put a strain on the battery. Unlike other professional batteries, lithium-ion batteries have no memory. This means that the battery functions at its full capacity for much longer if it is charged slowly and frequently.

By storing your lithium-ion batteries properly, you could not only extend its lifespan but also keep it in prime condition. If you neglect to follow this how-to guide on storing your 14.8v lithium-ion batteries, chances are you won’t get your money’s worth out of your purchase. As proud retailers of lighting and battery equipment, D&O Lighting is passionate about not only selling high-quality products to customers but also providing our customers with the knowledge necessary to operate and preserve their equipment. If you have any further questions regarding our 14.8v lithium-ion batteries, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Benton Collins - November 18, 2019
When you say: “The only time that it would be safe to store your 14.8v lithium-ion battery fully charged would be if you are storing it short term, as in day-to-day.” Does this refer to the safety (life/health) of the battery or to the safety of the user, like to reduce the risk of an explosion or fire? Thanks!

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