Whatever the model or brand used, all wheels on the market use lithium batteries to operate. These batteries don't last forever, but depending on use and maintenance, you can double or even triple the life of your lithium battery.
In this article I will give you some tips to get the most out of the life of your battery.
Have you noticed that suppliers use the Wh as a unit of measurement for batteries? Wh means Watt hour, it is the capacity of the battery. For a car for example, the fuel tank is measured in liters and for an electric battery it is measured in Wh.
Example: If you have an engine with a maximum consumption of 500 Watt and you have a battery of say 1000 Wh. In theory you can run your engine at full power for 2 hours. (Calculation: 1000 Watt hour divided by 500 Watt = 2 hours).
But let's come back to the maintenance of our battery!
The lifespan of a battery is expressed in cycles. A cycle corresponds to the "consumption" of the entire capacity of the battery, in one or several times. For example: if you use 50% of your battery's capacity and then charge it and then use 50% of its capacity again, you have completed a cycle.
Below are some rules to follow to optimize the life of your battery:
In winter or during your vacations you can't enjoy your wheel and you want to store it without risk of damaging the battery, here are some tips to follow:
During a long period of inactivity, store your battery in a dry place, away from cold and heat. I remind you that the ideal temperature is around 15°C. In a cellar or a garage it should be perfect if there is not too much humidity.
Charge your battery between 30% and 60% of the maximum capacity before storage. The battery loses about 10% of its charge per month even in good conditions. If you store a battery at 100%, it will discharge faster at the beginning and you will have used cycles unnecessarily.
Once or twice a month, turn your wheel on for a few minutes to get it working. Do not store your wheel without turning it on or recharging it from time to time.
Once a month, recharge your wheel for a few dozen minutes to prevent the battery from being completely discharged and to keep the charge at 30-60%.
If you follow all of these tips, you will enjoy your scooter or your gyroroua for many years.However, like humans, batteries age over time.
If you want to carefully protect your battery, there is an additional device to use called the Charger Doctor (CD). This is a battery charge controller.
The main use of the Charger Doctor is to set a maximum charge threshold. For example, you can configure your CD so that the power to your case is cut off when the battery is 90% charged. In this way, you don't charge your battery to 100% but only to 90% and you increase the life of your battery. It is important to know that a battery charged at 100% each time will wear out more quickly.
There are other features with a Charge Doctor. You can know the performance of your battery, whether cells are dead etc.. I won't go into details here but I will tell you that it is a really useful complement.
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