Battery Storage guide 2015

When the sun comes out and the days get longer, bike lights become less of a necessity.  Some of us continue to use our lights regularly as a safety feature but in lots of cases they are disguarded into the garage to reduce weight and make more room on the bars for other gadgets!  

BUT, a little bit of care now is going to save you both time and money come August/September when the nights start to draw in again.

The rules are pretty simple, but are really effective if followed carefully!

STEP 1:  

Clean your light head and battery.  A damp cloth should be sufficient but if you're a little bit OCD a toothbrush is our weapon of choice here at Magicshine UK.  Just brush off the mud, wipe clean and you're done.

STEP 2:

FULLY CHARGE THE BATTERY!   All lithium ion batteries trickle a small amount of charge even when not in use.  If you leave your battery with low or no charge for any period of time you run the risk of them entering a state of deep discharge. OK, so what does that mean?  Well, it means that you will not be able to recharge your battery when you next come to use it.  And the consquences of that are going to be costly.  A fully charged battery is a happy battery!

STEP 3:

Make sure that you disconnect the battery from all other components ie, both the charger and the lighthead. Otherwise the trickle will become a flood and the fully charged battery will be depleted long before the Autumn.

STEP 4:

Store the light set somewhere cool and away from direct heat.  If there's one thing that is going to increase the degredation of your battery, it is direct sunlight or any form of heat.  So your garden shed is not ideal as they can get really hot in the summer.  The best place for a happy battery is the fridge - yes the fridge!  But again it depends who you live with and whether they're as fanatical as you are about your bike equipment.  Just don't put the blame on me :)

And that's about it folks.

IF ALL ELSE FAILS AND YOU NEED A NEW BATTERY, PLEASE USE CODE BAT10 FOR A 10% DISCOUNT AT THE CHECKOUT!