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Battery facts and ways to prolong battery life By Mariana Torrescasana, Product Marketing Intern While charging a battery may be the simplest step of operating a Microlog Analyzer, most users ignore this step when the Microlog is not in use, causing damage to the battery cells. Don't make that mistake! Battery cells are sensitive and require special care even when not in use. For Micrologs temporarily not in use, and therefore not being regularly charged, the battery should be recharged at least every 25 to 30 days to prevent damage to the cells. Another instance in which the battery may be neglected is when the battery pack is left outside of the unit. In this case, to prevent any potential damage to the cells and avoid the battery from going into a deep discharge state, the battery must be recharged every 6 months. If a battery enters deep discharge, it may be unrecoverable. When the Microlog is in use and the battery is constantly being recharged, appropriate care may also prolong battery life and reliability. In typical operating environments, battery packs may operate for as long as 8 hours, but the actual per-charge life can vary depending on conditions, equipment options, and usage patterns. Examples of simple key aspects of taking care of battery packs include not opening the battery compartment in locations where contact with water or other contaminants may occur. Another important aspect of battery care is temperature. Never leave a Microlog, or battery, in an area of storage where temperatures exceed the recommended storage temperature of 20°C to +60°C.

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Although taking care of batteries may extend battery life, nothing lasts forever. While other types of batteries include toxic metals, the metals in lithium-ion batteries, such as cobalt, copper, nickel and iron, are not considered hazardous to our environment. Although they may not be hazardous, it doesn't mean batteries should be dumped into the waste stream and have their recycling value ignored. Be sure to dispose of your batteries according to your local regional requirements. If you are unable to dispose batteries locally, you may contact an SKF Certified Repair depot or visit www.skf.com/cm and obtain a Return Authorization (RA) number to return the battery to SKF for recycling. More battery facts 

Quicker recharge time – Although the Microlog is operable when being charged, if the unit is switched on, charging will always take longer than when the unit if off. For the quickest recharge time, recharge your instrument while the unit is in Suspend mode (off). This typically takes 4 hours from a discharged state, but may take longer.

Timeout Setting – the Timeout feature allows you to select the inactivity time period after which the Microlog shuts down to conserve battery life; it may be set to 5 min, 10 min, 15 min, 20 min, or Off.

Keyboard Backlight Settings – Enabling the keyboard backlight affects battery life.

Extreme temperatures - At temperature extremes, the battery capacity will be reduced (i.e., both high and low operating temperatures will reduce the amount of time the unit runs from the battery pack).

Avoid Overheating – When using a battery charger to power the Microlog or charge the battery, place it in a ventilated area. Do not use a battery charger in a poorly ventilated area, as overheating may occur.

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Battery facts and ways to prolong battery life