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Summer Battery Care/Storage Instructions

Summer Battery Care/Storage Instructions

July 20, 2020

The Volt rechargeable batteries for our heated clothing products can keep you going season after season when properly maintained and stored. It is not uncommon to see batteries last upwards of 6-7 years before needing to be replaced. If you take just a few extra precautions when storing your batteries during the Summer months you will help keep your battery strong and healthy for years. We are going to keep this blog post short and sweet. The information is very important to your rechargeable battery health and longevity. Please be sure to read this post in it's entirety.

This is approximately that time of the Summer to check in on your Volt Heated Clothing battery and make sure it is in good shape. There are two main things that can drastically reduce battery cell life and/or ruin the battery cells completely.

  • Exposing a battery to elevated heat levels. 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit or above (see table below) when fully charged
  • Storing a fully discharged battery for extended periods of time

Here is how we recommend preparing your battery for long term seasonal storage. Click here to watch video

  1. Fully charge your battery to 100%
  2. Plug your battery into your Volt product (gloves, vest, jacket, etc)
  3. Run the product on high for 30 minutes (this leaves you with approximately 75%-80% charge remaining in the battery)
  4. UNPLUG the battery from the Volt product (important step)
  5. Store in a cool and dry place
  6. check the battery in approximately 3-4 months and repeat the steps if necessary

 

Information/Data from Battery University shows the type of damage that can be caused to battery cells by exposing them to elevated temperatures for extended periods of time. You can also learn more general battery information by going to battery university. Their data shows that a fully charged battery exposed to 77 degrees Fahrenheit can lose 20% of it's capacity after one year.

Temperature 40% charge 100% charge
0°C 98% (after 1 year) 94% (after 1 year)
25°C 96% (after 1 year) 80% (after 1 year)
40°C 85% (after 1 year) 65% (after 1 year)
60°C 75% (after 1 year) 60% (after 3 months)

 

We want your clothing to perform at it's best. Please take the time to ensure your battery is being stored properly over these next few months. That way once the Winter months hit your Volt Heated Clothing product will be ready to help you stay warm!




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