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Old 04-28-2010, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default charging current for older lipos?

so i have some older lipos that have lost some capacity. should i charge them at the rated 1C amperage or charge them at 1C of their current capacity? if they lost more than 30% should i still use them if they dont have any puff? they are not cased so its easy to judge if they have puff or not.
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If the pack is balanced [you do balance charge I hope] and not puffed, keep using it.

Charge at 1C of rated capacity, unless, after a few cycles, it's apparent that you're down a significant amount of capacity, in which case, charge at 1C of observed capacity.

ALWAYS use an LVC on your speed control, and remember, if your LVC is set at 3.2V or higher, you're not going to see a 100% capacity charge, which is fine.

If you're really concerned, Lipo sack, temp probe, and something fireproof to set up on [concrete patio, driveway, etc, something out of the house] could be called for, and NEVER charge unattended, even batteries you don't have concerns about.
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thank you for the advice. i always use a balancer. i just think this battery is so old that it cant put out as much current as it used to and i overloaded it a little and that caused some capacity loss. i guess lipos arent maintenance free storage after all. i think i had these lying around full charged for several months without use.
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