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Mar 15, 2012, 12:15 AM
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Do batteries go bad to the point of an "open circuit" error?

I have a battery that is 30C 11.1v 850mAh that keeps causing the Triton2EQ charger to read "open circuit", which is the same message I get when I forget to attach the lead from the battery to the charger. Is it possible that the batteries themselves have gone bad, or is my problem almost certainly a bad lead or broken wire (e.g., 99.9 percent probability)? The charger is working correctly with other batteries of the same make / model.
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Mar 15, 2012, 02:10 AM
Crash and learn
I'd try a lower current setting to see if it makes a difference. Different batteries should help isolate the problem.

If it is the battery, it likely will do the same while flying. Listen closely for motor changes.
Mar 15, 2012, 02:12 AM
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When the battery resting voltage falls below the recoverable remnant charge for lipos (roughly 3.6V) the charger will not recognize the battery as chargeable.
Mar 16, 2012, 10:57 AM
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I switched the charger over to "discharge" at about 9 volts .9 amps for about 45 minutes, and then switched it back to charge and it charged for about 45 minutes. So the wires are good. I've got a few work-related projects today, but will make an effort to use the battery again soon. The fact that I was able to charge after discharging is a good sign.

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