Should I Store My Power Tool Batteries On The Charger-下北glory days

UnCategorized Should I store my power tool batteries on the charger? This is another .mon question we hear from our customers and we have chosen to answer it in this article. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will understand the ins and outs of charging different types of power tool batteries and how keeping them on a constant charge will affect them. So, should power tool batteries be stored on the charger? Read on to find out. Power tool batteries, although once almost exclusively NiCD, now .e in a variety of chemistries like most other batteries do. Nickle cadmium is still the most popular chemistry for these batteries, but it has been joined by a growing number of nickle metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. Recently, we have seen the creation of more and more lithium ion (Li-Ion) power tool batteries as well. We have touched on the differences between these chemistries in earlier articles, but we will revisit them briefly here. NiCD batteries, being the oldest technology, are the least powerful and are associated with the most problems. These batteries are notorious for developing the memory effect that leaves many batteries almost useless. NiMH batteries were developed to .bat the memory effect issue and therefore are slightly more powerful and do withstand the memory effect much better than NiCDs. That being said, most manufacturers do re.mend a full charge cycle even for these batteries to keep them at peak performance. Li-Ion batteries are basically designed to be charged whenever, however. They do not develop a memory and are much more powerful than either NiCDs or NiMHs. So now that you have some background information, we can revisit our original question. Most power tool batteries, if left uncharged for an extended amount of time, will die .pletely and be.e useless. So shouldn’t you just keep them on a constant charge to avoid this? The answer, in short, is that it depends on the type of battery you are dealing with. If you are using NiCD batteries for your power tool, you have to strike a balance between never charging and overcharging. If you keep these batteries on charge all the time, you will overcharge the batteries and produce the memory effect. If you are going to store them for a long period without use, however, you should periodically place them on a charge to ensure they do not die .pletely. If your batteries are NiMH, you can still overcharge and you can still discharge the batteries too much and ruin them. That being said, these situations, especially overcharging, are much less likely with NiMH power tool batteries. You should follow the same basic procedure as you would with NiCD batteries, but charging the batteries before they are fully discharged will not produce the same memory effect it would in a NiCD. Storing these batteries on the charger will produce the risk of overcharging, so it is not re.mended. Lithium Ion batteries are almost the .plete opposite of NiCD and NiMH. Li-Ion battery manufacturers re.mend keeping these batteries as charged as possible, which means don’t let them die .pletely if you can help it. So topping off a lithium battery’s charge even if it has only been slightly discharged will do no harm. Storing these batteries on the charger may be a good idea, in fact, but there a couple of things to take into consideration. First, you should make sure the battery or charger or both have some sort of mechanism that stops charging the battery after it is fully charged. This will avoid overheating from overcharging, which is a fire hazard and can damage the battery. Also, keep in mind that keeping the charger connected to an electrical outlet is going to constantly drain small amounts of electricity, which can add up on your bill. If replacing your older NiCD batteries for NiMH or Li-Ion equivalents sounds like a no-brainer, remember that you cannot charge a NiMH battery with a NiCD charger, you cannot charge a lithium battery with a NiMH charger, etc. The charger must match the battery chemistry. Check with the battery supplier or tool manufacturer to find out how to get the charger you need. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: