Please be advised that information provided is a guide only, always refer to individual manufacturer’s instructions for accurate advice on caring for your device.
So, you’ve got a fun new toy with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, yay! We recommend rechargeable toys for several reasons, primarily because they are often better-made products and tend to last longer. They’re more convenient too, battery replacement toys can use one of at least 10 battery types, which if you’re not someone who often has batteries on hand can be a bit of a pain remembering what to use and can ruin your toy if you use the wrong type by mistake. Rechargeable are stronger in design and their vibrations are more powerful making them a better option all round, but if nothing else the amount of money you will save in the long run makes the initial purchase of a rechargeable toy much more cost effective. If that still hasn’t sold you, non-rechargeable disposable batteries are toxic to our planet and so many of them end up in landfill, or worse, in our oceans and parklands. It’s so unnecessary when there are better, more sustainable options. Lithium-ion batteries are still toxic to our planet, but they can be disposed of properly, and last a lot longer so it’s really a no brainer there. Adult Bliss is currently looking into offering customers an “Old toy recycling drop off”, a service offered in many locations across the United States, but not commonly found in Australia.
But what if there’s something wrong with the battery? Often you can rely on a warranty repair or replacement if you have followed all appropriate care instructions from the manufacturer. Fun Factory toys, for example, have a 2-year warranty and most quality brands offer at least 12 months warranty, so if there is a genuine fault in the battery you should notice way before the warranty period is over.
Long term there are steps you can take to make your rechargeable toys last longer and ensure no faults are being caused by incorrect use. So, let’s break down the best ways you can make your lithium-ion toy last longer.
· Keep your batteries at room temperature
That means between 20 to 25 degrees C. The worst thing that can happen to a lithium-ion battery is to have a full charge and be subjected to elevated temperatures. So, don’t leave or charge your device’s battery in a hot area. Heat is by far the largest factor when it comes to reducing lithium-ion battery life.
· Allow partial discharges and avoid full ones (usually)
Unlike NiCad batteries, lithium-ion batteries do not have a charge memory. That means deep-discharge cycles are not required. In fact, it’s better for the battery to use partial-discharge cycles. There is one exception. Battery experts suggest that after 30 charges, you should allow lithium-ion batteries to almost completely discharge. Continuous partial discharges create a condition called digital memory, decreasing the accuracy of the device’s power gauge. So, let the battery discharge to the cut-off point and then recharge. The power gauge will be re-calibrated.
· Avoid completely discharging lithium-ion batteries
If a lithium-ion battery is discharged below 2.5 volts per cell, a safety circuit built into the battery opens and the battery appears to be dead. The original charger will be of no use. Only battery analyzers with the boost function have a chance of recharging the battery. Also, for safety reasons, do not recharge deeply discharged lithium-ion batteries if they have been stored in that condition for several months.
Never overcharge your lithium battery
Always refer to the device manufacturers recommended charging times and do not leave your device unattended while charging. Most devices will have either a solid light that changes color or turns off when charging is complete or a blinking light that becomes solid or turns off when complete. Immediately remove from the charger once your device is fully charged to be safe, while many manufacturers ensure their charging docks regulate the charge rate and cut it off once complete, this isn’t always the case, so it’s better to avoid overloading your toy.
· For extended storage, discharge a lithium-ion battery to about 40-50 percent and store it in a cool place
Much like laptops, phones and other devices that use lithium ion, battery life may be observed to deplete over time even when the device is not used regularly, or in storage. This often occurs if the device is stored with a full charge, this means that oxidation of lithium-ion is at its highest rate. So, if you don’t plan on using your toy for a while or have just bought a new toy but aren’t ready to completely let go of your old lover yet, then storing your toy at 40-60 percent discharge and in a cool, dry place is recommended.
This is a two-way relationship, looking after your toys will help you to look after your sexual needs for longer, win-win.
All in all, it’s not that hard: keep your toy charged, don’t let it go completely flat and keep the temperature consistent and your best friend will be around for years to come.
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