6 Incredible Lipo Battery Manufacturer Examples

If you have read any of my previous articles, you know I am a firm advocate of RTFM (aka Reading the Flipping Manual). Even if you learn to fly with an AMA-certified instructor, do yourself a favor and read your owners guides. You will learn basic lingo and a little about how RC planes work, and your teacher will be impressed that you took the time. When it comes to caring for rechargeable batteries, heeding instructions is not just a good idea, it is essential to battery-life, performance and safe handling of cells.

The most common battery types for RC planes are NiCads (Nickel Cadmium), NiMHs (Nickel-Metal Hydride) and LiPos (Lithium Polymer). No matter which you use, it is important to follow manufacturers’ recommendations. NiCads should be charged and discharged, or fully cycled, several times before you fly to optimize capacity and flight length. They should be fully discharged before recharging or storing to prevent memory problems. All 3 types are averse to heat, cold, moisture and direct sunlight, and need a dry, cool storage place. Lithium polymer battery 3.7v The most common battery types for RC planes are NiCads (Nickel Cadmium), NiMHs (Nickel-Metal Hydride) and LiPos (Lithium Polymer). No matter which you use, it is important to follow manufacturers’ recommendations. NiCads should be charged and discharged, or fully cycled, several times before you fly to optimize capacity and flight length. They should be fully discharged before recharging or storing to prevent memory problems. All 3 types are averse to heat, cold, moisture and direct sunlight, and need a dry, cool storage place.

It is best not to fully discharge NiMHs before recharging and never before storing. They are easily damaged or destroyed if overcharged or undercharged, so follow instructions on charging to full capacity without going over. Always let them cool down before recharging, as charging when hot can also ruin them.

Because of safety hazards associated with LiPos, particular care should be taken when handling them. If you overcharge a Lipo, you could be in for more than a battery replacement. Dozens of YouTube videos illustrate what can happen to Lipos when overcharged–some of the fires and explosions are quite spectacular. It is best to use a Lipo bag or metal box for charging or storing, and it’s a very bad idea to leave a LiPo unattended during charging.

Proper care and maintenance of your rechargeable batteries will insure top performance and longer cell life. Damaging or shortening a battery’s lifespan through careless handling and having to replace one prematurely can get pretty expensive, and that is money that could be spent on parts, accessories or new RC planes. Money aside, there are those safety issues, especially with LiPos, so take the time to RTFM and have a great, safe time flying RC planes!