Concerned about making your battery last as long as possible? So are we! Here are some general best practices that will help ensure you get the most out of your battery.
Important: Never charge your Flash or plug the charger into the bike's charge port when the bike is wet or if debris is stuck inside the charge port. Make sure your bike and charge port is completely dry and free from any debris water, snow or ice prior to charging. Charging Flash while it is wet or below 50°F temperatures can damage the charge port and the battery pack and thus voiding the warranty.
Use the included charger
The key to prolonged battery life is to use the proper charger that ships with your Flash, rather than a "rapid charger" you may have purchased elsewhere, which can have a negative effect on your battery life.
Charge or unplug Flash at any point in the battery cycle
You know how some devices tell you to charge the battery 100% before use, or to let the battery drain entirely before charging again? NOT so with Flash.
Flash uses a Lithium Ion battery, which is good news because it doesn't produce charge memory. That means you can feel free to charge (or stop charging) your Flash at any given point without affecting your battery life. That's good!
Maintain proper temperatures
Heat plays an important role in the life of any battery, particularly when charging. It's best to avoid charging Flash while in direct sunlight, so you don't overheat the battery. And keep Flash stored out of direct sunlight, whenever possible, just to be safe.
In the winter, we recommend storing your Flash in a low-humidity environment.
Here are some specific temperatures to maintain proper performance:
Operating temperature: 32°F - 105°F
Charging temperature: 50°F - 113°F
Storage temperature: -4°F - 113°F
Recharge at least every 2 months
As described above, our battery pack does not produce charge memory. However, if you're leaving your Flash unused for long periods of time, it's always safest for prolonged battery life to fully charge your battery every couple of months.
Use Deep Sleep Mode for Extended Periods of Non-Use
When your Flash sits unused, even with the charger plugged in, you will see a slow drain on the battery. (See this article for an explanation.)
So if you're battening down the hatches for winter, or are headed on vacation for a few weeks and want to come home to a fully charged Flash, you can take advantage of Deep Sleep Mode to fully shut down your Flash so there is no active battery usage.
For details on Deep Sleep Mode and how to use it, please read this article.