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How to Store Your STIHL Lithium-Ion Batteries

Properly storing your STIHL lithium-ion batteries is essential for ensuring their longevity and performance. As Tauranga's top outdoor power tools and equipment store, STIHL Shop Mt Maunganui provides you with the following guide on how to store your batteries correctly.

The Right Way to Store Your STIHL Battery

Handling and storing your STIHL battery correctly is vital for a long service life. Follow these steps to ensure your battery remains in top condition:

1. Remove the Battery from the Tool: Before storing, ensure that the battery is removed from the tool. Check the state of charge; if two LEDs light up on your battery, it's ready for storage. If not, charge the battery so it isn't completely drained.

2. Clean the Battery: Use a slightly damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris from the battery.

3. Store in a Closed Box: To protect the battery from moisture and sunlight, store it in a closed box.

4. Choose the Right Storage Temperature: A frost-free, cool environment such as a garage or a well-insulated shed is ideal.

5. Keep Out of Reach of Children: Store your batteries in a safe place where children cannot access them.

6. Use a Battery Cover: Insert a battery cover into the tool's battery slot to prevent dirt and dust build-up.

Should a Battery Be Fully Charged Before Storage?

In the past, fully charging batteries before storage was crucial due to the risk of severe self-discharge. Modern lithium-ion batteries, however, have negligible self-discharge, making this practice unnecessary.

Recommended Storage Charge: Store your batteries partially charged, with two illuminated LEDs displayed. This practice reduces unnecessary stress on the cells, which can occur when the battery is either very low or fully charged. If you have a backup battery, alternate its use with your primary battery to prolong the lifespan of both.

Battery Boxes: For those with multiple batteries, using battery boxes can protect them when not in use. By following this advice, you minimize aging and self-discharge, allowing safe storage for up to two years.

The Best Place to Store Batteries

Temperature extremes can permanently damage lithium-ion battery cells. Batteries can freeze and become unusable in winter, but STIHL’s fail-safe systems protect the cells by activating in extreme cold. If the battery is in an unsafe state, all four lights on the LED display will flash red, indicating that it cannot be repaired.

Optimal Storage Conditions: Store your batteries in a location with temperatures ranging from +10°C to +20°C, such as a garage or a well-insulated shed. Ensure the storage area is not leaky, as moisture can lead to corrosion. Using a closed box to protect the battery from moisture and sunlight is also recommended.

Checklist for Storing Tools with an Integrated Battery

For tools in the STIHL Small Garden Range with integrated batteries, follow these steps:

1. Switch Off the Tool and Remove the Activation Key: This ensures safety and prevents accidental activation.

2. Clean the Tool: Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or grime from the tool.

3. Store in a Dry, Safe Place: Ensure the storage area is not too hot or cold and is away from direct sunlight.

4. Keep Activation Key Separate: If there are children in your household, store the activation key separately from the tool.

5. Store at Half Charge: Store the tool with the battery at half charge to prevent unnecessary stress on the battery cells.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure the longevity and performance of your STIHL lithium-ion batteries. For more information or assistance, visit STIHL Shop Mt Maunganui, Tauranga's #1 outdoor power tools and equipment store.

stihl lithium-ion batteries
June 13, 2024
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