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  • Avoid elevated temperatures. You don’t want to expose any guitar to high temperatures, but this also shortens battery life dramatically.

  • Store the battery properly. If you won’t be playing Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited for several weeks or more, discharge the battery partway (about 4050% of its full charge), remove the battery, and store it in a cool, but not cold, place. Do not store the battery either fully charged or fully discharged. Either one can shorten battery life considerably.

  • After taking a battery out of storage, charge it fully before playing Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited. This promotes longer battery life.

  • Once the battery is fully charged, disconnect the charger. LiIon batteries are “smart” and you can’t really overcharge them. However, leaving them connected to a charger when fully charged uses power unnecessarily.

  • These tips don’t necessarily apply to laptop computers. Even if a laptop uses an LiIon battery, there are computerspecific considerations. Follow the computer manufacturer’s instructions for proper laptop battery care.

Tech Tip: About Charge/Discharge Cycles

An LiIon battery is typically rated for 300500 charge/discharge cycles. In other words, you can discharge the battery at least 300 times and charge it back up again before its useful life is over.

If you play Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited and discharge it 50% during a concert, then charge it to full capacity, that is only half of a charge/discharge cycle. If you play Les Paul Standard 2010 Limited every day and discharge it to 75% of capacity then charge it back to 100%, it would take four days before the battery would experience a full charge/discharge cycle.

However, a battery has a finite life regardless of whether you’ve used up the full number of charge/discharge cycles—after about 23 years its internal resistance rises to the point where it can no longer deliver its rated voltage.

It’s important to remember that LiIon batteries like “exercise.” Leaving a battery on a charger all the time will lead to lower performance than doing some degree of charging and discharging.

Appendix D: Troubleshooting

Appendix D: Troubleshooting

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