Li-Ion batteries are used in all current Light & Motion dive lights. Here are some helpful tips to keep you happy and your light healthy:
1) Out of the box, always fully charge your system before its first use. Systems are shipped only partially charged and must be fully charged to achieve proper run time. Most lights require a break-in period of a couple dives and charges to accurately calibrate the run-time indicator lights.
2) Charge before you dive if you haven't charged it in the last few days or weeks. Li-Ion batteries will slowly lose their charge over time. If you're ever feeling like your run-time (burn-time) was low on a particular dive, think back to when you charged it last. If it was recent enough, try a run-time test to verify the condition of your battery. Use the link below for instructions on how to test your light.
3) Give the light a full charge before storing it long-term. If the light sits unused for more than 12 weeks, there is a high probability the battery will enter a hibernation state, not allowing you to both charge or turn on the light. It is recommended to pull the light from storage every 8-12 weeks and top off the charge to prevent battery hibernation. This will not only improve the longevity of the battery, but it also prevents any surprises if the light fails to turn on when you're on the first dive trip of the season.
Use this link if you think your Sola battery may be in hibernation. It will guide you through the steps to "wake" it back up.
4) Check in with your light at least 4 weeks prior to any trip. Is the battery charging; do all the functions work properly? If not, this gives you plenty of time to contact our customer support team and resolve the issue.
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