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Banjoman21/04/2020 09:17:03
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Here's one more newbie question on the by now slightly worn-thin subject of LiPo:s.

As mentioned already in my Sweet Sue II thread, I have a SkyRC e6650 multi-chemistry balance charger and am, since yesterday, also the (still ever so slightly apprahensive) owner of a brand new LiPo battery.

If for a moment we pretend that we've never heard owt about with what the road to hell is proverbially paved, I might perhaps dare say that I do at least wish to set out as a LiPo owner/user with the good intention of doing everything by the book.

This should of course include regular checking and (re)establishing of storage voltage, for which purpose I dare say the Storage function of the charger will be just the thing.

Now, I have read the manual of said charger backwards and forwards, and have also googled the matter, but have as yet not found a conclusive answer to this question: should storage charging be done with the balancing lead connected or not?

From the way certain passages in the manual are formulated I suspect that the answer is "yes", but I would very much appreciate any input you could provide!

Many thanks in advance

Mattias

Edited By Banjoman on 21/04/2020 09:17:27

Dave Milbourn21/04/2020 09:19:51
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Most emphatically WITH!

DM

Banjoman21/04/2020 09:24:29
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Dave,

Most emphatically THANKS!

Why, oh why, one wonders, couldn't the manual just say that in a few clear and straightforward words?

Oh well. Wenn dass Wörtchen wenn nicht wäre, dann wäre ich schon lang ein Millionaire!

Again, thank you very much!

Mattias

Gareth Jones21/04/2020 09:25:38
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Definitely with the balancing lead. I cant think of any reason why anyone would ever charge a LiPo without one - unless you didn't have one and were desperate enough to take the risk.

Gareth

Banjoman21/04/2020 09:32:18
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Gareth,

Thank you very much, too!

Just to be clear, the manual does of course say that balance charging (i.e. using the Balance function) should be done with the lead; it also implies that the same goes for the Discharge function. It is just when it comes to the Storage function that the manual is really not clear at all.

Any road, 'tis balanced 'twill be!

Mattias

Edited By Banjoman on 21/04/2020 09:32:48

Chris Fellows21/04/2020 11:10:51
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Mattias

If it's any consolation I was very nervous of LiPos having read the various stories about them. I bought a good quality charger and like you read the manual a few times but was still a little confused and apprehensive.

So worried about LiPos in fact and having them in the house unattended for 5 weeks when we went on an extended tour to Australia and New Zealand 3 years ago that I took 2 new batteries down the recycling centre! Sounds crazy now I know, but when you don't understand something it's not worth the risk.

Now of course I'm perfectly happy with charging, storage charging etc. In fact it's the MiNh batteries that get pretty warm during charging and are the most concerning!

Chris

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