Use this quick guide to charging your electric RC model battery.
The battery life of your electric remote control car will go a long way with proper care, and following the right steps of battery charging.
When buying a radio controlled (R/C) car, helicopter, boat or RC motorbike, it’s usually equipped and supplied with a Ni-MH or Li-Po battery and a battery charger.
Here are easy steps to keep in mind when charging the battery of your remote control model:
How to Charge the RC Battery?
For RC models with Ni-MH Batteries
- First charging: be sure to charge the Ni-MH battery for 6 to 8 hours using the supplied charger that comes in the package.
- Some battery chargers come with a green indicator light that tells you when the battery is fully charged. Other batteries don’t have a light signal.
- For battery chargers with an indicator light, check if the lights of the balance charger turn to green, which means that the battery is fully charged, then unplug the charger from the outlet.
- For battery chargers that don’t have an indicator light, make sure to check the time when you start charging the battery and unplug the charger from the outlet after 6 or 8 hours, depending on what it says on your RC model manual.
- You can also use a fast charger to shorten the charging time.
- After first charging: this time you will only need to charge the battery for 4 to 6 hours.
- Average running time for Ni-Mh batteries depends on the mAh of the battery. If the mAh power is higher, it can last longer besides giving your RC cars or boat or helicopter a better running performance.
- Regular batteries that come with the RC models being sold today range from 12 to 15 minutes running time, depending on the terrains and your RC model driving habits.
- If you want longer running time and performance, you can upgrade your RC battery to a higher and more powerful version.
For RC models with Li-Po Batteries
- Remote control models with a lithium polymer (Li-Po) battery usually come with a balance charger with indicator lights to let you know whether the battery is fully charged or not.
- Be sure to check the charging battery from time to time to see if it’s fully charged.
- Do not leave the battery on charge overnight or unattended.
- Average running time is 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the terrain and RC driving habits.
When to Charge the RC Battery?
For models with Ni-MH Batteries
- Make sure to give the battery a full charge before you the very first use or run of your RC vehicle.
- When your car, boat or helicopter becomes slow and unresponsive, it means that the battery is low. Before you recharge it, you’ve to be sure that it’s completely discharged by lifting the car or boat up and spin the motor up till its last power.
For RC models with Li-Po Batteries
- Make sure to give the battery a full charge before you the very first use or run of your RC vehicle. Use the supplied balance charger and unplug it from the outlet once the indicator lights turn to green.
- When your car, helicopter or boat becomes jerky and unresponsive, it means that the battery is low. Do not discharge completely as it may damage the battery. Just leave the vehicle to cool off for a while then recharge it.
- Ideally, charge the battery within the Li-Po safe bag.
5 Best Tips to Ensure Longer Life to Your RC Car Battery
- For all electric-powered RC vehicles, do not use or run the car on wet surfaces such as large puddles, wet roads, grass, wet muddy places.
Water can cause damage to the components of your car, in which this type of damage is not covered by the product warranty.
- Observe proper care and storage of the batteries when they are not in use.
- Store the batteries in a cool dry environment.
- Avoid placing the batteries in direct exposure of sun light or near any heat source.
- Li-Po batteries are best stored in its Li-Po safe bag.