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Cell storage
(06-09-2019, 02:45 PM)BlueSwordM Wrote: The commonly accepted practices exist mostly for shipping and usual storage.

We want to keep our cells as healthy as possible, so a lower voltage is beneficial.

Do you know the scientific reason why? Everything I have seen restricts depth of discharge to like 30% or so, but what we have seen is that low voltage is actually good for the cells when talking about storage.

Oh and lucky find, kc8adu!
Check out my long-term capacity test of 18650s:
yes that was a dumb luck find.
came to the auction for the spare cnc controls i knew they had and got their cache of new laptop packs they never used and left sit in the supply room.
i have found that <50% charged and low as possible temp short of freezing is best for shelf life.
@Dallski, there are 2 factors that hurt lithium ion's cell capacity over time.

1. Temperature.
2. Storage voltage.

Since lithium ion cells are chemical batteries, the main 2 factors affecting storage capacity are the ones noted above.

Higher temperature means parasitic reactions occur faster.
Higher voltages means more of these parasitic reactions can occur(ions passing through the separator, a semi-permeable membrane), and self-discharge, and capacity loss, is higher over time.

The main reason for keeping around 30% charge is so that you can actually use them. At 10% charge when in storage(3,3-3,5V), it's almost nothing.

The lower the initial storing voltage, the lower the actual self-discharge, and the lower the damage to the cell.

That's why storing cells at full voltage isn't a good idea. The voltage may go down over time, but you may permanently lose capacity, and it'll lose voltage more rapidly compared to the other one, and if left for long enough, can go down in voltage further than a 3,4-3,5V stored cell.
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Thanks for the explanation. So apparently, according to Paul Voelker's research as cited by Wikipedia, storing at >3.6V initiates electrolyte oxidation and induces SEI layer formation, while storing at less than 2V degrades the cathode and releases oxygen.

So there you have it. Store cells between 2V and 3.6V for best results.
Check out my long-term capacity test of 18650s:
Not adding anything new to the discussion beyond some links to additional reading:

I found the same info that Dallski did.  Currently only discharging to 3.7V because that's what I can manage with the my Opus.
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234 Cells >2000mAh, >80% Rem. Cap., 14 day resting voltage >4.12V
191 Cells of Everything Else
68 In progress
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Great read!
I had to read the papers twice to fully understand.
It explains a lot why and how to storage at a certain voltage.
So i will stick with my 3.45 volts.

Thanks all

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