Apologise, I'm sure these will have been asked and answered somewhere in this section, but I couldn't find answers and I'm confused
1) When do I need to use "Balance" mode if at all? I've just been using "Charge" mode and I assume that it is balancing as it charges. Is this correct? When It's charging, if I press the "+" button to see each cell, they are always pretty much the same V as the other. Again, I assume that is what is meant by being balanced? Or am I doing it wrong and need to balance when I charge? (two step process)
2) Is "Storage mode" just charging each cell to ~3.85v. If so, and I want to do it quicker, can I just use "Charge" mode and charge at 6.0A (for my 6000mah lipos) and when it gets to 3.85v manually hit stop? ie Rather than doing it via the built in storage mode that only charges at 2.0A? Oh yeah, this question is in the context of using "flat" batteries and bringing them up to storage levels.
3) If I have a fully charged battery and then realize I wont be using for over 24hours, do I use the "discharge" mode or "storage" mode. I assume use the storage feature to bring the battery down to ~3.85v? If so, what scenario would I ever use the discharge mode?
Thanks in advance guys.
I'm curious to know as well, if you can choose your own "storage mode", vs what is pre-programed as 3.80v.
1) It's best to balance charge every time, Some chargers do seem to keep the cells reasonably close to the same voltages using normal charge, Some don't do as good, but over time they will drift apart.
You might get away with normal charge and then balance charge every third or fourth go, but to stop any confusing or forgetting just use the balance charge all the time.
2) You can use any method you want to get to 3.85V for storage. It doesn't need to be at that exact level, but it is the most optimum for the packs.
3) It's best to use the storage mode, it saves you keep checking the packs level, it may also balance the packs at that level.
You can use the discharge function when cycling new packs, or to check pack capacity.
Google search trumps Wiki. Refer to user guide.
Awesome. Thanks for the info! I'll switch to using "balance" mode rather than "charge" mode. Much appreciated.
Another question. What does it mean by "nominal charge" of 3.7v Compared to full charge of 4.2v?
3.8 is close enough. Storage voltage is not that critical.
Whatever it is I just typed... could be wrong.