Maintance Question for NiMH lights
I used a Cygolite Nite Explorer Xtra this year: http://www.cygolite.com/2-Products/7-RoverNimhXtra.htm
I am trying to maintain the NiMH battery as best I can over the summer for next winter. I have set up a light timer to turn off automatically after a set number of hours. I'm currently charging it 12 hours once a month but was wondering if a different schedule might be better. Does anyone know the answer to this or have any better ideas? Thanks, Steve.
Baby it's cold outside...
If you have a smart charger, charge the battery every chance you get. Batteries love shallow cycles. But since the site lists charge time as "overnight," I'm guessing it's not a smart charger. What's the capacity of the battery, and what's the current output of the charger?
If you have any electrical skills, you could get a smart charger from a place like an RC hobby store and wire it up. It should be able to fully charge the battery in 1-3 hours.
You can leave it plugged in all summer with a smart charger. I'm not sure that your current schedule is better than leaving it on the shelf until next winter.
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A. Proper care and maintenance of the battery will ensure the maximum battery life. Always keep a charge in the battery. Do not over drain the battery. Before extended periods of non-use, charge the battery fully before placing it in storage and give the battery a full charge every 3 months while in storage.
I use a mechanical timer to maintenance charge both a Niterider EVO nimh and a Nighthawk sealed lead acid system for 1 hour per day. Both systems are always ready to go and have been working properly for 3 years.