Winter storage in 3 steps!

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1.  Store your EGO Power+ outdoor power equipment in any enclosed space that will protect it from the elements.
2. Charge your battery, remove it from the charger and tuck them both away inside your home or another heated space.
3. Relax.


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Posted 4 years ago

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You forgot to put the walk behind edger in the picture. Wink wink.
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Jennifer VandeWater, Community Manager

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Never hurts to keep asking... ;)
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Bill Dougherty

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Need a sidewalk edger attachment/guide for the string trimmer! Stat!
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Beth Walsh

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How many people here have heated garages? So the battery and equipment need to be stored in the home? I am in So Cal. Garage temperature ranges from 35 -115 degrees depending on the time of year...It is uninsulated.
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35 is ok, but 115 is way too hot! :-)
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I see that the manual says that the battery should not be charged at temperatures below 32 deg F.

What is the minimum DIScharge temperature? If I am using my EGO battery-powered devices on cold days (below freezing -- perhaps some late leaf-blowing), is there a minimum OPERATING temperature, below which I should not use the device, to avoid damage to the battery?
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It also should never be stored (let alone long term) at full charge...  Good company with good intentions, terrible advice.
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I agree with Eric.  Unless there is something different about these batteries, the common recommendation for Li-Ion storage is 30% to 50% of full.  Something to do with the chemistry and age-related capacity loss.  Some also suggest refrigeration (in some kind of sealed product like zip-lock bag or tupperware) but I just keep mine in my cool, dry basement.  Make sure you let it get to room temp before charging again.
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All, please.  Charge your battery.  Pull it out of the charger and store in your house.  After a period of time it will automatically discharge to the recommended storage charge.  When you are ready to use, simply charge and go.  There is nothing you need to do to the batteries but store them in your house and out of the charger.  Keep away from any heat or a/c vent, or next to anything hot or cold.  Usually a closet is just fine.
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No.  I love the products, but this horrible advice from a company selling BATTERY OPERATED TOOLS is absolutely mind blowing...  You even agreed with me after reading the research.

Having them "drain" after months of being stored wrong is of absolutely no value.  It's like putting a little fresh paint on a car that has rust holes straight through the body.  The advice is wrong, no if's, and's, or butt's.  Sorry.

https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/charger_changes_update_for_better_battery_life
http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries
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Good evening Eric,

I believe they discharge after 30 days.  It isn't months.  I didn't use one of my 2ah batteries and after about a month, it was at 30%'ish according to my quick charger.  Also, don't forget that EGO has a really good warranty on the battery.  3 years is long. 

I'm not a gung ho all EGO consumer, I shop all of the brands.  But, I believe that EGO has the best track record handling warranty and customer service issues.  They don't treat people as idiots and care about their customers. 

I guess at this point, we'll see after a few years how well their built in discharge/storage algorithm works.  Register your products and keep your receipts  :)

Merry Christmas!

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I stored my 5AH ego battery off the charger for 6 months. After that time I placed it on the charger and found that it was still 100% charged. There is no maintenance mode if it is not on the charger. I agree with the comments that Li-Ion batteries should not be stored at full charge, but the customer service people told me that it should be fully charged and then stored (not on the charger). They confirmed that it will not enter a maintenance mode. They recommend storing it fully charged for long periods of time. I am dubious of that recommendation.
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eek.  Should have discharged.  I would call support. 
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I did. They confirmed that it does not discharge if not on the charger.
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We just received confirmation back from our team: whether the battery stays on or off the charger after being fully charged, the battery will auto discharge down to 30% after 30 days. 
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So I just fully charged my batteries and brought them inside (not on chargers, which are mounted on a wall in the garage).  Do the chargers need to be plugged in for the battery to perform self-maintenance and discharge to 30%?  Or can I bring the charges inside and leave the batteries on them, but unplugged, and still have them do the self-maintenance? (where I'm storing them I don't have access to outlets to plug in the chargers)
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Charges not needed for the self maintenance to kick in after about 30 days of non use. System is all in the battery.
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I see I misread Amber's reply and the battery does discharge off the charger.  Glad to learn it is well designed like this!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Winter Mower Storage - Beat This!.

So I'm all psyched about getting an Ego snowblower next year. So psyched that I need to make room for it.

Hmm... I have a 10x20 garage that's already bursting at the seams and no floor space is available. There's no way I'm storing it under the deck where my old forced mower used to go. What to do?

How about taking the advantages of an electric lawnmower one step farther:



Now I have a lawnmower sized void where my snowblower can go. Problem solved! :-)
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Very interested in this!  Also, if you are using the snowblower, do you have to charge the battery inside?