Lunchbox Posted March 28, 2008 Report Share Posted March 28, 2008 A recent thread about A-Star batteries got me thinking a bit, and not wanting to hijack the other thread, figured I'd start a new one. What do you guys do to keep your batteries going as best as possible? I'm generally talking about standard sealed lead-acid batteries (although tips for other kinds are welcome as well) on any type of helicopter (type specific tips are also welcome). I've realized that I really don't put a whole lot of thought into battery maintenance, yet at the same time I haven't seemed to have had any noteworthy recurring battery issues. Either I'm plain lucky, or I'm unknowingly doing something right. Here's a list of things I genreally try to do to my batteries: - Use ground power as much as possible (oil flows, electrical checks, pilots fiddling with avionics, etc) - Keep batteries warm during winter (battery blanket or remove battery to heated indoors) - Charge up a new battery before installation - Tell pilots to try not to wait for NG top out in a 206 before introducing fuel (assuming of course that other starting parameters are within limits) - Daily ritual of unplugging batteries after last flight - Keep voltage regulator within range (an ongoing battle in a 206, but I rarely find a need to fiddle with the A-Star regulator) Please post anything you guys can add to the list. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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