The world is on a pathway to all electric power. As such, we have fallen in love with our battery-powered devices. We have cell phones, laptops, boosted boards, and drones. Electric cars have become much more common in the past 5 years. One of the latest additions to the electric world is the surfboard… or more specifically, the electric foil board.
I represent Lift Foils in Hawaii. As such, I have learned how to manage multiple efoils and their batteries on a daily basis. I am not an expert on Lithium Ion technology, but I am a practitioner that follows simple steps every time I use my efoils and their batteries.
Here are my common steps to managing my batteries:
- Charge batteries to full capacity the day before using them
- Monitor the batteries when they are on the charger
- Never leave the battery connected to the charger longer than necessary
- Store batteries in a cool and dry location, away from your home if possible
- Use a fireproof storage container if possible
- Never drop the battery or expose it to impact
- Never leave the battery in direct sunlight
- Insert the battery into the efoil as the last step before entering the water
- Remove the battery from the efoil as soon as possible
- Keep the battery as dry as possible
- Do not store the battery in a hot car
- Monitor the LED indicators on the battery. Ask for help if different colors are shown.
These are the steps that I take. If you are new to efoil boards, read the owner’s manual on batteries in its entirety. It is important. Stay safe, and have fun.