What’s the Lifespan of an i-mop Battery?
The i-mop range comes fitted with some of the leading lithium-ion battery technology that you’ll find in any piece of cleaning equipment on the market.
Our innovative i-power 9, 14 and 20 lithium-ion battery packs incorporate advanced battery management system technology for ultimate life and performance, and can be used across the i-team i-mop, i-remove, i-cover, i-fogger, vacuum and i-drive range.
An important consideration, though, is the lifespan of our batteries, and how long you can expect to use your i-mop before having to replace the batteries.
Let’s talk about it.
What are the i-mop's Batteries?
The i-mop is designed to work with our i-power 9, 14 and 20 lithium-ion battery packs, which offer large capacity and high-voltage performance.
i-team’s quick exchange i-power battery system.
The i-power 9 is a 25.2-volt lithium-ion battery pack that offers an 8.8Ah capacity, the i-power 14 is a 25.2-volt pack offering 14Ah of capacity, while the i-power 20 is a 25.2-volt pack offering 20Ah of capacity.
What’s the Lifespan of an i-mop Battery?
On average, the i-mop's battery packs are rated with a lifespan of 1,500 charge cycles, however, this can be higher or lower depending on a number of factors that influence the health of the cells inside the lithium-ion pack.
If you’re using your i-mop twice a week, a lifespan of 1,500 charge cycles translates to a theoretical lifespan of 14-years. In reality, though, the cells within the lithium-ion battery pack will begin to degrade before you hit this mark. This is not unique to I-mop li-ion batteries, you can expect this from all types of rechargeable li-ion batteries.
With 2 sets of batteries the i-mop can clean 24/7.
If you’re using an i-mop on a daily basis, the 1,500 charge cycles translates to an effective lifespan of around four-years.
Why Do Lithium-ion Battery Packs Degrade Over Time?
If you’ve noticed that the batteries in your smartphone and laptop are offering significantly less runtime than brand new, this is the result of the cells within the battery degrading over time.
While batteries have become extremely efficient in recent years, the chemical makeup of lithium-ion batteries is still prone to breaking down over time, and under certain stresses like extreme temperature changes.
Over time, each time you run the battery down and recharge it, otherwise known as a ‘charge cycle,’ begins to wear down the cathode inside the battery.
The same set of batteries are compatible with multiple machines.
Over time, and with more charge cycles, the cathode loses its ability to hold an electrical charge, which is why battery performance drops over hundreds of charge cycles.
How to Increase the Lifespan of Your i-mop Batteries
There are a few simple things that you can do to increase the health of your i-mop's batteries and the number of charge cycles you’ll experience over its lifespan.
Keep in mind that these tips apply to anything that is powered by a lithium-ion battery.
Avoid Temperature Changes
Significant changes in temperature have a huge impact on the health of a lithium-ion battery. Extreme cold is the enemy of a battery’s cells, with temperatures lower than zero Celsius making it particularly difficult for the cells to maintain their operating current.
A general rule here is that if you’re comfortable, your batteries are comfortable, too.
Minimise Fast Discharging on Certain Surfaces
At times, using your i-mop on certain rough floor surfaces like non-slip epoxy floors you’ll find in a commercial kitchen can cause stress on the motor, and in turn, the batteries powering the motor.
In this situation, the batteries can fast-discharge in order to keep up with the load being applied to the motor, which stresses the cells past their normal operating levels.
Don’t completely drain the battery
Running the i-mop's batteries until they reach zero per cent is not an ideal charge cycle for the lithium-ion pack. These batteries, whether in a smartphone, electric car or i-mop, are designed with a 20-80 per cent charge cycle in mind, to prolong the battery’s lifespan.
As a general rule, we recommend using your i-mop until it reaches around 30% state of discharge, and then recharging it to at least 80%.
Recharge After Every Use
To keep the i-mop's battery pack in the best working condition, we recommend that you charge the i-power batteries after every use, which keeps the electrons, anode and cathode inside the battery moving around, as designed.
Optimal State of Charge While Storing
If you’re planning on storing the i-mop's batteries for an extended period of time, it’s important to take note of the optimal state of charge for storage. In a perfect world, we recommend storing your i-power battery packs anywhere between 60-70%, which is the ‘happy place’ for a lithium-ion pack to sit for a long period of time.
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