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How Long Should I Charge My Battery?

Metal Hydride Batteries (known also as NiMH Batteries) The initial charge should be 4 hours but no longer, and subsequent charges should last no longer than 2-3 hours (mini batteries only). Overcharging your battery will ruin your battery so that it won't hold a charge. Remember to never overcharge your battery! For a more accurate estimate, take the mAh listed on the battery, the mAh of the output listed on your charger and use the following formula: Battery mAh --------------------------- x 1.4 = Hours to Charge Charger Ouput mAh This charge time is from fully flat. If in doubt, purchase a good quality charger like the Vapex VTE500P whcih rapid charges the battery and when fully charged, drops to a trickle charge. Lithium polymer and Lithium Ferrite Batteries (also known as LiPo / LiFe batteries) Do not use a standard NiMH charger with LiPo/LiFe batteries as this runs the risk of fire and/or injury! Only use a good quality LiPo/LiFe charger and ideally a balance charger, like the Vapex VTE600 which balance charges the cells before switching off the charge circuit to stop over-charging.

Last Updated: 25 Feb 2016 10:28:13