Curing light: This maintains your battery as long as possible!
As they are small chemical power plants, rechargeable batteries require careful handling - even in curing lights. For long and trouble-free use, we have listed three helpful tips for you. Taking these points into consideration will help for sure.
Tip 1: Recharge regularly
In order to avoid irreparable total discharge it is essential to recharge nickel metal hydride batteries after three months and lithium polymer and lithium-ion batteries after six months at the latest. Please observe these time limits!
Important: Nickel-metal hydride or nickel-cadmium batteries, which are now considered to be outdated, must be completely empty before recharging, because of what is known as the memory effect. It’s different with lithium-polymer and lithium-ion batteries: These can be discharged or recharged at any time. For a longer service life, we strongly recommend you to put the device back into the charger after each application!
If, contrary to expectations, the battery is completely discharged, innovative curing lights also offer the possibility of connecting the hand piece to the charging station power cable. This means, you can work entirely without the battery, if required.
Tip 2: Keep the battery contacts clean
In order to ensure good conductivity and charging capacity at all times, exposed battery contacts must be free from contamination such as dust or composite residues. Therefore, you should clean the metal electrical contacts regularly and thoroughly - for example with a cloth moistened with alcohol or with cotton buds.
These maintenance measures are not necessary if an inductive charging system is used with the light. Thanks to contactless power transmission, no open or inaccessible contacts need to be cleaned. Normal wipe disinfection helps to ensure an optimal and reliable power supply.
Tip 3: Buy a replacement battery in time
Every type of battery ages. With age, the batteries lose their capacity. Lithium-polymer and lithium-ion batteries typically lose about 30 percent of their capacity after three years of use. That means: The fully charged battery is then usable for considerably less time than in the beginning. For this reason, it is advisable to buy a replacement battery.
Conclusion: Care saves time and money
Always ensure that the batteries belonging to your curing lights are well maintained and recharged. This ensures that your daily work is not unnecessarily disrupted and saves you money - and ultimately you are able to work more efficiently.
Would you be interested in any more tips for working with curing lights efficiently? Download the complete checklist which contains all the important criteria for purchasing an LED curing light.