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Old 06-09-10, 06:06 AM   #1
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Storing Magicshine light for the summer

I'm planning to take the Magicshine light off my commuter bike for the summer since the days are getting so much longer and I'm not commuting in the dark at all. I've still got a Fenix LD20 that I will use for visibility, and it is much lighter and easier to charge than the MS. Any tips for storing the MS over summer? Should I charge the batter before storing, or just put it away as is?
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I charged mine up then ran it for an hour, to leave it at around 60% charge, which I think is about optimal for storage. For 3 or 4 months I'm not worrying about maintenance, LiIon shouldn't have any trouble with storage for that length of time.

If I were going to store for more than 6 months, I guess every 6 months I'll pull it out and repeat the "charge, then discharge to 60%" routine.
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I'm planning to take the Magicshine light off my commuter bike for the summer since the days are getting so much longer and I'm not commuting in the dark at all. I've still got a Fenix LD20 that I will use for visibility, and it is much lighter and easier to charge than the MS. Any tips for storing the MS over summer? Should I charge the batter before storing, or just put it away as is?
Long live FENIX! I love that little light. I don't think you can beat it for the form factor and convenience.
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Thanks for the info. I appreciate the Fenix light even more after using the MS for the past year. The MS is much brighter, but the Fenix is much lighter and simpler to charge. It's a great little light and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
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run that question by geomangear
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Thanks for the info. I appreciate the Fenix light even more after using the MS for the past year. The MS is much brighter, but the Fenix is much lighter and simpler to charge. It's a great little light and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
I also love my Fenix lights, but have changed to a SolarForce L2. It takes a 18650 battery, but the nice thing it that it's dead simple to upgrade on the cheap by simply putting in a new drop-in. I just got a XP-G R5 drop-in that simply blows away the Q5 that is in the Fenix.
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I thought I would store mine too, but I've actually been using mine for night rides and also on fast strobe for daytime use. Definitely getting my money's worth out of it!
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