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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:03 pm 
Anglian Deputy AEC
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I have two rechargeable bike lights, Specialized Proview 12W (Ni-Cad battery) and Vistalite V420 10w (lead-acid battery), haven't used them since 1999 Redbull Mountain Mayhem 24 hour race. I recently charged them both up for a spot of DIY in a dark place with the electricity switched off. I know that the batteries need to be conditioned - charge & discharge - to get some life back into them. But, what condition should I leave them in for storage, Charged or flat?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:09 pm 
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I always thought that rechargeable batteries should be discharged for storage...


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depends on the batteries , some need to be fully charged

over time they discharge themselves and when they are fully discharged you wont be able to recharge them


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NiCad can be discharged, but do not discharge the lead acid (Sealed Lead Acid[SLA]). They should always be stored with a charge. If they are allowed to discharge, you will loose capacity. The following reference states to not store them longer than 3-months.

http://is.med.ohio-state.edu/policies/battery.htm

Thunderchild
www.urmb.org


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:02 am 
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you can get replacement batterys for those vistalites for £5 from maplins. FYI.


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