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.
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. Keep it cool
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.
4. Leaving Flash plugged in indefinitely does not keep your battery fully charged
Let's consider the following scenario:
- At 5pm on Friday, you come home from work and plug in your Flash to charge.
- Saturday morning, you hop on a plane to Hawaii (lucky you).
- Seven days (and several Mai Tais) later, you return home and find your Flash is only partially charged.
What gives? It may seem confusing, but it's fairly straightforward and actually has to do with protecting your battery. Here's what's going on:
The charger that comes with your Flash has built-in protection against over-charging. Once the battery is fully charged, the charger turns off to protect the battery life. That will usually take about 4-5 hours to go from fully depleted to fully charged.
Meanwhile (as with most anything that runs on batteries) there is a very small, very slow drain on Flash's battery, even when the bike is turned off.
Don't worry; it's not enough to be concerned about during the day as you ride around. Over an 10 hour period, you might see a drop of a percentage point or two. But if you leave your Flash without use for a week, let's say, you may see only a partially charged battery, even if it was plugged in when you left.
So what's the solution if you want to start out with 100% power? It doesn't do any harm to leave it plugged in over time. Just top off your power by charging Flash for an hour before you ride.