Frequently Asked Questions
VR-1 Battery - Charging
The three stages of charge are shown below. Red (and flashing red), mean charge now.
To charge a VR-1 battery first connect the threaded end to the charging lead, by screwing in a clockwise direction.
Do not overtighten the threads, a light 'finger tight' connection is sufficient.
The other end of the charging lead (standard USB) connects to a USB charging port. The USB charging port can be found on a mains adapter (see below), or a USB port on a personal computer.
Important: Always use the correct charger. NEVER use an iPhone or other charger - they may output too much current and cause batteries to overheat or explode
USB charging ports as seen on UK and Euro mains adapters
When the battery is plugged into a charging source, the LED light within the switch (on the Battery itself) will show either red (empty/almost empty), orange (some charge remains) or green (good state of charge).
1) To fully charge the battery continue charging until the LED light goes completely off. Only then is the battery fully charged.
The battery should charge from flat to full in approximately 1 to 1.5 hours with a 420mA charger (approx 3 hours with a 200mA charger). If the battery is partially charged already, of course this time will be reduced. The charger type (200mA or 420mA), should be clearly marked on the charger.
General Battery Safety - VERY IMPORTANTBatteries are part of modern everyday life and we take them for granted - but all batteries can be very dangerous if proper precautions are not observed.
Use The Correct BatteryBe sure to use the recommended battery for your device. Don't assume that just because a battery fits, it's okay to use. Check with the manufacturer or supplier.
Storing BatteriesStore in a cool place, avoiding direct sunlight. For example, it may sound obvious, but do not leave batteries or electronic cigarettes on the windowsill, fireplace, oven, radiator or car dashboard!
Loose batteries should have their contacts protected by storing in original packaging.
- Always use the correct charger for the battery you are charging - ALWAYS!
- NEVER use an iPhone or other charger - they may output too much current and cause batteries to overheat or explode. USB 3 ports (as found on video consoles and newer PCs and laptops) should NOT BE USED as they have at least double the output of a standard USB port. If in doubt, do not use!
- When charging, place batteries on a hard surface such as a kitchen worktop, NOT on the carpet or other combustible surface.
- Avoid leaving batteries unattended whilst charging, keep an eye on them and cease charging before retiring to bed.
- Do not try to charge damaged batteries.
- If charging high drain unprotected batteries, be sure to use a suitable charger with auto cut off.
- Do not over charge or over discharge batteries - cease charging as soon as they are fully charged and charge before empty.
- If a battery becomes hot during charging - STOP CHARGING and allow to cool down before handling further.
- Rest after charging - let them cool fully before using, ideally for a few hours.
Disposing of Batteries
Please do not simply throw dead or damaged batteries in the waste bin - dispose of batteries carefully, by taking to one of the following locations:
BE BATTERY SAFE!
- Local authority recycling plant or 'tip' - UK recycle centres near you - http://local.direct.gov.uk/
- Often local supermarkets offer a battery disposal point.
- Other designated battery disposal point.