How do I care for the lithium battery

Correct battery care II: Lithium-Ion / Lithium-Ion-Polymer

Import import

After the purchase
Even with these types of batteries, you can improve their functionality with an initial charge. Here, however, two to three charge-discharge cycles are sufficient.

Load / unload properly
Li-ion batteries are much easier to care for than the nickel types. They can be charged in any condition and do not need constant refreshment. Nevertheless, it is advisable to use the battery to around 20 percent capacity after a few months.

The reason
Over time, the electronics for the energy display in some devices begin to deliver incorrect values. When it is almost completely discharged, the display is recalibrated. Li-ion (poly) batteries are also most comfortable at room temperature. A quick charge is not possible, they need about three hours until they supply full energy again. Li-Ion batteries do not require a special charger, as the charging electronics are already integrated.

Lithium-ion batteries are actually not suitable for storage: They age due to oxidation and thus constantly lose capacity. Therefore, do not buy any Li-Ion energy dispensers that are more than six months old. Ask your dealer about the date of manufacture: It is only coded on the battery. If you do not need your notebook for a longer period of time, there is a risk of total discharge in some cases. You should therefore use the device at least every few months.

Heat is poisonous for Li-Ion batteries. Not only does it increase self-discharge, but also decay. So never leave your cell phone in the car in midsummer. It is just as harmful if you have your notebook with the built-in battery connected to the socket all the time. The computer can heat up to temperatures of up to 60 degrees Celsius. In addition, the constant charging reduces the number of charging cycles and thus the service life.

Like batteries, rechargeable batteries do not belong in the household waste - regardless of the type. Bring used energy dispensers to a collection point or return them to the point of sale - there is an obligation to take them back. Never tinker with batteries. Lithium-ion batteries contain corrosive and easily flammable substances. The highly toxic nickel-cadmium batteries are no less dangerous.