All Century Lithium Pro batteries must be fully charged before their first use. To do this properly, you need a suitably sized battery charger which has a Lithium LFP charging profile built into it – like the Century CC1212-XLi. This is vital not only for the long term lifespan of the battery, but also to ensure you’re not hitting the voltage or current limits of the battery.
For example, the charging voltage for a Lithium Pro should never exceed 14.6 volts – and in fact we recommend 14.4 volts at a maximum. The charging current should also not exceed 100amps. Exceeding either of these limits, may cause the battery’s BMS protection function to activate, and the charging will stop to protect the battery.
You should also ensure the charging is carried out at an ambient temperature sitting somewhere between 0 and 45c. Attempting to charge the battery at temperatures outside this range may cause irreversible damage and create a potential safety risk.
Lithium batteries shouldn’t be recharged for more than 24 hours at a time, so do make sure you disconnect the battery from the charger once it has reached full capacity.
And definitely don’t use a lead-acid battery charger – especially if it has Equalisation or De-sulphation modes. Using this type of charger will not maintain a proper voltage algorithm for Lithium, and will cause permanent damage to your battery.
Lastly, if you have multiple batteries connected in series you do not need to disconnect them and charge individually. However, they should each be fully charged individually prior to being connected together for the first time.
More from the Battery Hub
Why choose Century Lithium Pro?
You may have heard the phrase “You get what you pay for” and this is particularly true when it comes to Lithium Deep Cycle batteries. It seems like every man and his dog is out to sell you a Lithium battery these days, so why should you consider stepping up to a Century Lithium Pro battery when there are so called lower cost, cheaper players in the market.
Using the Century Lithium Pro App
Did you know that all Century Lithium Pro batteries have a powerful wireless Bluetooth system integrated into the battery? They do! And by simply downloading the Century Lithium Pro app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store, you can easily connect to your battery and monitor almost every aspect of it.
How to maintain your Lithium Deep Cycle battery
Lithium batteries like the Century Lithium Pro are a sizable financial investment when it comes to powering your camping setup, caravan or boat. So, to ensure you continue to receive the maximum return on this investment, here are a few simple care and maintenance steps you should be doing right now.