Looking after Lithium-Ion cells?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Dragul, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. Dragul

    Dragul Guest


    I've just become the (very) proud owner of a Minolta Dimage A1... I
    could go on and on about it, but I think I'll just get to the point

    It runs on Li-Ion cells, and I was wondering how to best 'look after'
    this kind of battery. The manual says to not store them whilst
    completely flat... but also to not leave them in the camera for
    longish periods when freshly charged. So what's the deal? Are these
    the kind of battery that are supposed to be 'topped up' regurlarly, or
    should I generally let them run (almost) flat (where convenient, of

    Thanks very much for any advice/URLs, &c.!,

    Dragul, Dec 19, 2003
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  2. Dragul

    Mike S. Guest

    In general, Li-Ion cells are designed to be used as needed, without having
    to worry about usage and recharge patterns. When new, especially if they
    have been sitting on the shelf for a while, it is good to do 2 or 3
    complete charge cycles (i.e. run till the camera turns off, then recharge)
    in order to "form" the semi-insulating layer on the anode. Newly manufactured
    cells probably don't even need this, and this process will be accomplished
    anyway with a few charge cycles.

    Motorola testing shows that these cells will deliver the best long-term
    performance if they are topped-off when convenient instead of letting
    them fully discharge before recharge.

    For long-term storage, they are happiest when stored at half-charge (plus
    or minus, depending on actual chemistry). Also be aware that the chemicals
    in a Li-Ion cell have a fixed lifetime of 2-3 years regardless of if/how they
    are used, charged, or stored.

    Mike S., Dec 19, 2003
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