Acedeck is committed to making the best and safest batteries on the market, ensuring that your electric skateboard provides peak performance, for the longest time. But neglecting your battery can often result in suboptimal board performance. However, the good news is that caring for your battery is a straightforward process. In this article, we help you understand your battery, and how to take care of it.
Understanding the Acedeck Battery
First and foremost, our boards utilize lithium-ion cells. These cells boast high energy density, allowing us to extract more power from a smaller space while maintaining a sleek and thin profile. The small lithium cells are also easily configured to meet our board requirements, thereby determining the overall battery voltage and current output. This cells are fitted in Series and in Parallel giving us various configuration is like 13s2p or 14s5p. In short, a battery with more cells in Parallel will have a longer range, and batteries with more cells in Series will have more power and speed. At Acedeck, we make sure to use the absolute best battery cells on the market, to ensure optimal performance, longevity and reliability, such as the Molicel P42A or the Samsung 50s and 40T, while some brands will use cheaper quality cells to cut costs.
The role of the Battery Management System
Our boards are equipped with a Battery Management System (BMS). The primary role of the BMS is to safeguard the battery against overcharging or over-discharging. Moreover, it calculates the remaining charge, monitors battery temperatures, and shields the board from voltage spikes and internal shorts. In essence, it takes care of battery maintenance and protects it from a multitude of potential problems or user errors, and tells the charger when to stop charging.
When to charge your board?
If your board is at 85% after a short ride, you might wonder whether you should recharge it, or leave it alone. Well, recharging it back to 100% won't harm the battery, so we advise you do it so you are back at full performance for your next adventure.
It's a good practice to occasionally run your board until it reaches 0% and turns off to allow the cells to complete a full charge cycle. While lithium batteries do not have a memory effect, this process assists the BMS in accurately gauging the battery's state of charge, providing you with an accurate battery percentage reading between 100% and 0%..
A commonly recommended tip is not to charge your board immediately after a ride, as charging a hot battery is discouraged. It's best to let the board cool for approximately 30 minutes before initiating the charging process. And with all Electric Mobility Vehicles, it is recommended not to leave the board on charge overnight, or while you are away.
By the way, we are know selling a 6A fast charger for your Ares X1, X3, Nomad and Nyx boards!
How to properly store your Acedeck Board?
Long-term storage is a significant consideration. If you plan not to use your board for weeks or months, it's advisable to store it with a charge level between 40% and 60%. The battery will self-discharge at a rate of approximately 1-2% per month, sometimes more. You should check your board once every 6 weeks to make sure it is still at optimal charge.
In terms of storage location, temperature matters, even if it's only for a few days. Lithium batteries do not like excessively hot or cold conditions. The ideal temperature for storing a lithium battery is around 13°C/55°F, but room temperature is fine.
Temperature can also impact your boards range and performance. If you leave your board in a cold room and then ride it, or ride in cold winter conditions, you will see a big loss in performance and range, and that is the case with all batteries, even your phone! But this is normal, and your board will be back to it's usual range when the weather is warmer.
It's important to note that all lithium batteries are highly energy-dense and, in the event of a malfunction, may pose a risk. Although Acedeck implements multiple layers of safeguards and protections to maintain battery stability, it's essential to be aware of this risk and factor it into your battery care practices. The most significant issue that can lead to problems is water damage, so it's advisable to keep your board as dry as possible to mitigate the risk of water damage to the battery, even if it has an IP rating. And as mentioned, you also need to avoid extreme temperatures, tampering with the electrical components which would also void your warranty, and using aftermarket chargers.
Treat your battery with care, and it will last for many many years, and your board will always perform at its best!
Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly customer service team. We are here to assist you with all of your Acedeck electric skateboard needs.