Scout and the Power Pack use Sealed Lead Acid batteries for power. Follow these recommendations to extend the life of your batteries and prevent damage.
Charging Best Practices
- Allow Scout to cool down after recording in hot temperatures (above 30°C/86°F). Charging already-hot batteries will reduce their lifespan
- Charge Scout as soon as possible after a deployment
- Dismount Scout from its deployed position to charge (batteries should not be charged when upside down)
- Keep the VCU door open while charging
- It is safe to leave Scout connected to the charger for 12-24 hours after the charger LED turns Green to extend and maintain battery life and capacity – do not leave it connected for > 24 hours after the charger LED turns Green
- Fully charge Scout every 30 days if it is not in use to maintain a safe battery level
- Run the capacity test in advance of each count season, or a minimum of two times per year
- The charger operates in three modes, Constant Current, Constant Voltage and Trickle Charge
- In Constant Current mode, the charger will rapidly recharge the batteries to about 80% full
- In Constant Voltage mode, the charger slowly charges the batteries to nearly full charge
- In Trickle Charge mode, the charger tops up the batteries to full charge
- The charger LED will turn Green in Trickle Charge mode*
- The charger and Scout will become warm while charging; this is expected behavior**
*When the charger LED first turns Green, the batteries are not charged to their full capacity. Leave the charger plugged in for another 12-24 hours to complete Trickle Charge mode and allow the batteries to equalise
**If the charger or Scout Control Unit are hot to the touch (you cannot leave your hand on them for more than 1 second) disconnect from power immediately
When troubleshooting battery issues, you may be asked to measure Scout’s battery capacity using a multimeter.
For additional care instructions, see the latest edition of the Power Sonic Technical Manual.