How to fully discharge a lipo battery
So you need to dispose of a damaged lipo battery. Here’s how you do it one of the easiest ways is with a halogen light bulb like this one that you can get at Home Depot for six dollars now you could plug the bulb straight to the lipo but it’s not the best idea because it’s going to get hot and it could melt the plastic so it’s best to use a stand of some sort like this one this is just to xt60 connectors worried together and it’s nice because the bulb fits really well into the pinholes so let’s plug it in and discharge it I like to use a fireproof bag because the light post is going to get hot this is a 75 watt bulb it won’t take very long so don’t go anywhere also keep in mind that you want to start with your light pole not much higher than 12 volts otherwise the ball might burn out or you may have to cool it down with a fan or would water at some point the lipo will drop below the minimum voltage required to light up the bulb but that doesn’t mean it’s done discharging leave it alone for a while and yearly until it’s no longer warm to the touch when the lipo is fully discharged it’s okay to short it nothing will happen because it has no more energy but make sure it doesn’t get warm as an optional step you can harvest the pigtail and the balanced connector and then you can just toss the dead light pole into the trash although you may want to take it to a recycling center such as Home Depot or Best Buy hope this was useful thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time
Should lipo batteries be fully discharged?
Never discharge a LiPo battery below 3.0v per cell. Ideally you never want to go below 3.2v per cell to maintain a healthy battery. 2.9v per cell and lower is causing permanent damage.