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Cycling 3000mAhers?
« on: January 09, 2004, 05:18:38 PM »
Got one of the big 3000mAh BatterySpace batteries.  Should be sitting on my setps when I get home.  Getting on a flight to Boise at 10am.  Do these have to be cycled before I use it the first time or is it ok to not to and just do it when I get back?

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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2004, 05:19:39 PM »
hahaha when i read this all i could think of was some jackass on a bike with his battery hooked up to his gears :-)

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2004, 05:25:16 PM »
LOL

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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2004, 05:25:55 PM »
Go ahead and use it, just don't expect quite as full capacity out of it as you would after cycling a couple times (regardless if the documentation says otherwise).  You'll be fine.
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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2004, 05:29:11 PM »
That's what I was thinking.  Not going to a festival so a full charge is not needed.  Question about the charger though.  Do you know if it has an option to discharge before it charges?  My charger for my AA's does.  Really seems to help.

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2004, 05:35:28 PM »
Dunno.  Which charger do you have?  Checked the specs/documentation?
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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2004, 05:52:17 PM »
I have the 3000mA cells you are talking about and the charger that came with mine does not allow the discharge option.  I also have the AA charger, which does.  The cells might need charging when you get them, but I don't recall.  I ran one down completely only to test run time, which happened to be it's first use, or as you called cycling.  I taped 2 shows with them since purchased, and have not run them back down completely yet.  I knew how many hours they were used for, and charged them for that long using a lamp timer.  Make sure you label the cells if you bought 2.  I didn't my first time out, and couldn't tell which one I used when I got home - you all know the rush some security give us.  

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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2004, 08:45:14 PM »
No manual came with it. For those of you with one, how long do you charge it for?

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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2004, 12:23:19 PM »
do the math.  I believe the charger is rated at 200mA/hr.  The cells are 3000mA.  15hrs??  

I charged mine for too long the first time, it was probably close to 18-22hrs.  I heard that will hurt them, but not sure myself.  When I ran it down to nothing, it took 8-9hrs I believe, so I charged it that long using a lamp timer.  

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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2004, 12:25:28 PM »
Check the rating on the label of your charger.  Went down to my "studio" and checked mine.  It is 200mA.

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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2004, 01:17:27 PM »
If it's totally drained, charge it to 1.5x the capacity.
3000mAh / 200ma = 15 hours

15*1.5 = 22 hours

If it's not fully drained, charge it til its warm.  At a charging current of 200 mA you won't do any damage with an overcharge - it will just release the energy as heat.
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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2004, 03:30:34 PM »
Man, you shoulda just borrowed my 3000 the other day.
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2004, 01:35:44 AM »
hahaha when i read this all i could think of was some jackass on a bike with his battery hooked up to his gears :-)

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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2004, 03:22:08 AM »
anyone have any suggestions on how many times to cycle rc packs before use? ive cycled both of mine 2 full times so far... and il be buying a few new ones in the next week

any RC chargers out there with the 'discharge cycle" like some AA/AAA chargers have?

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Re:Cycling 3000mAhers?
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2004, 02:46:11 AM »
any RC chargers out there with the 'discharge cycle" like some AA/AAA chargers have?

Let me know if you find anything...I would love to get one also.  Maybe I'll try to email Thomas Dist sometime tommorow.

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