The longevity of your solar flood light battery essentially depends on how you use it. Nonetheless, there are particular measures that you can put in place to extend its lifespan and enjoy a couple more years of use. Here are tips that will come in handy if you are seeking to prolong your solar flood light battery lifespan.
Avoid Emptying the Battery Fully
Emptying your rechargeable battery fully significantly compromises its durability and should be avoided. This should be put into consideration particularly when you want the battery to work for a few seconds on each motion trigger or use up to 50% to 80% of its total working capacity. It is often recommended that you reduce the number of times you empty your battery and if you have to do it often do not go beyond the 10% mark. Doing so will increase its durability two folds.
Avoid Storing the Battery While its Fully Charged
If for one reason or the other you don’t want to use your solar flood light battery, you are better off storing it uncharged or partially charged. It is recommended that you let the battery maintain a 40% to 50% charge in case you are planning to store it for long. Uncharged batteries have a longer life compared to fully or batteries that are partially charged.
Discharge the Battery Completely after a Couple of Months
It is advisable that you keep discharging your battery fully after every few months. This is done to prevent the “digital memory” problem from occurring. The “digital memory” problem affects the meter that measures the battery’s capacity to give false readings. This will make meter indicate that the battery has more charge than is the case. While the “digital memory” rarely happens it can significantly affect your battery’s life. To avert the problem, be sure to fully discharge the battery every few months. Discharging the battery involves leaving the solar flood lights on for the whole night. It goes without saying that a battery that is regularly discharged will last longer.
Avoid Recharging Your Battery Fully Every Session
While this may sound out of the norm, recharging your battery fully every session can affect its lifespan. Instead of fully recharging it, consider 40% to 80% recharge. To ensure that the solar panel does not charge the battery fully, you may consider covering it up when the sun is high or just unplug it so that the charging circuit is broken.
Avoid Overheating the Battery
This almost goes without saying. An overheated battery will not last long as you would expect it to. It is, therefore, paramount that you store the battery in a cool environment to avoid overheating. You may store it under the roof’s edge or in an area where there is constant shade.
Extending your solar flood light battery life span boils down to how well you take care of it. The more careful you are with the storage and use the more likely that the battery will last for long. The above-outlined tips will ensure that the quest to extend your battery’s life span starts on the right footing.