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Best Usage Tips For Your Trimble Batteries and Chargers

All Lithium-Ion batteries have a limited life span. The shelf-life of Trimble batteries is typically one to two years. At Duncan-Parnell, we recommend using genuine Trimble batteries only to ensure the most extended battery life possible.

We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest quality parts and accessories with friendly services. To get the most out of your Trimble Li-ion battery, you need to know some important things.

Battery Tips: Should You Fully Discharge Trimble Li-ion Batteries?

Trimble batteries operate best between 2.5 and 4 volts. If they become discharged below 2.5 volts, the cells can be damaged and may not easily take charge or retain their power for long.

A partial discharge is better for the battery's health and capacity than allowing a complete discharge. However, GNSS receivers can store data in internal RAM and continue working for several hours after the battery power has drained to zero volts.

In such cases, the battery gets discharged much more than it needs to be. However, under normal circumstances, a complete discharge of a Trimble Li-ion battery will not cause any damage. Still, it is not recommended and can shorten the life of your battery over time.

We offer dual slot chargers capable of charging two batteries simultaneously, making it convenient to charge and keep your spare battery.

How to Store Trimble Li-ion Batteries?

Our Trimble batteries, especially 3 x EM-BLI-TRB3 model, should be stored at room temperature and in a dry environment. Protect the batteries from freezing temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and avoid exposing them to excessive heat above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The recommended storage temperature is between 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Storing batteries in extreme hot or cold temperatures can shorten the battery's overall life. Do not charge batteries while they are stored. Store them in a well-ventilated area away from flammable materials and electrical equipment.

When ready to use the batteries again, bring them back up to room temperature before using them. Note that it will lose some of its capacity when the battery is cold until it warms up.

This is normal behavior for these batteries and does not indicate a problem with the battery itself.

How Long Should a Battery Last in Your Trimble GNSS receiver?

The battery life of your receiver depends on several factors, including temperature, the number of satellites it tracks, and the constellation(s) to which those satellites belong.

We recommend replacing batteries after five years of use or if the capacity drops below 80% of its original charge. Each time you recharge a battery, it loses a fraction of its power to recharge the battery. Over time, this process takes its toll on the battery's capacity until it cannot hold a charge or lasts only a few hours after being fully charged.

At Duncan-Parnell, we know that your GNSS receiver is an essential tool for your work, and downtime is not acceptable. We want to ensure you have the resources to operate efficiently and effectively.

You may be able to find replacement batteries on Amazon but be careful about who is selling them because not all batteries meet Trimble specifications for size, voltage, and current rating. In addition, we do not recommend buying low-quality copies.

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