Battery management is a key component of operating a successful robot. The charger is vital to the battery management, and below are some suggestions:
- Use the “Fast Charge” switch position for the 3000 mAh Ni-MH batteries.
- In the fast charge position, recharging a dead battery will take about 105 minutes.
- During the 6-week build cycle, use the batteries until they are discharged before recharging. On competition day, keeping the batteries charged (without full discharge) shouldn’t hurt their performance since Ni-MH batteries are less affected by battery “memory.”
The AAA batteries are used for the Vex Joystick. Below are some suggestions for using the AAA battery charger.
- Install the batteries in the charger before applying power to the charger.
- The recharge time will be over an hour for fully discharged batteries.
- A red light indicates the battery is being charged. The light will change to solid green when the charge is complete and the trickle charge starts.
- A flashing red light indicates a bad battery.
- If you press the blue button within 1 minute after applying power to the charger then the discharge cycle will start. A flashing green light indicates that the battery is being discharged. After the discharge cycle is complete for all batteries, the charge cycle will start automatically.
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