Batteries are perhaps one of the things that most people take for granted. Batteries are easily disposable, and you can get them almost anywhere. But disposable as they may be, we should learn how to take care of them. Be wary of the battery and equipment checkup dates to extend the lifespan of our equipment.
A healthy battery should maintain a capacity above 90% of the manufacturer’s rating; if it falls below 80%, then most manufacturers would recommend a replacement. Conduct a series of regular testing to ensure that batteries are maintaining capacity. Here are some indicators to watch out to know if you’re batteries are up for replacement.
- There is a drop in capacity of more than 10% compared to benchmark or previous measurement.
- 20% or more increase in resistance compared to benchmark or previous measurement.
- Sustained high temperature
- Degradation in plate condition.
There is an institute called, The Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) wherein they’ve recommended a combination of tests to perform. If you want to know more about this, you may check it out here.
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