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Old Jul 21, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Help!
When should I charge my Li-Po batteries?

So I'm fairly new to this hobby, and I haven't had much trouble yet but there is one question that has been bugging me: do Li-po batteries lose their charge over time? For example, say I run all my batteries completely empty, I go inside and after the batteries have cooled for an hour or two, I charge them completely full. Maybe it's a few days or weeks until I get to fly again, so the batteries sit fully charged for a while. Is that bad for the battery? Does the battery lose it's charge over time, or is it just the same as if I charged the battery 10 minutes prior??

Thank you in advance!!
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 04:04 PM
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Lipo's do not lose their charge over time.
But they do lose their life when left fully charged.

So do not charge your packs and not use them for days and certainly not for weeks.

The way to store them is to charge to 3.85V / cell ( generally called storage voltage) and keep them as long as you want.
When ready to fly charge them up to 4.20V / cell.
Never discharge ( use them) below 3.70V / cell.
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 06:12 PM
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and if you can, store them at temperatures around 45F.
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Old Jul 22, 2012, 12:22 AM
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Alright that helps me so much! Thank you!
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