Battery charging: Full versus Partial

Charging limit option on Hyundai Kona Electric
Charging limit option on Hyundai Kona Electric

Batteries are part of our lives. They are present in everyday devices such as electric cars, smartphones, tablets or laptops. For this reason it’s important to know how to treat them right.

We already know that TMS (Thermal Management Systems) are important to keep batteries at recommended temperatures, but what about charging behavior? What can we do to reduce battery capacity degradation?

Is it better to cycle batteries with partial or full charges? And at lower or higher SoC (State-of-Charge)?


Let’s find out!


Keep in mind that one cycle is completed only after you’ve discharged the equivalent of 100 % of your battery’s total capacity, but not necessarily all from one charge.

For example, if you have a battery at 70 % of SoC and discharge it to 50 %, then recharge it back to 70 %, you used 20 % of the battery capacity, which means that only after doing this 5 times (5 x 20 % = 100 %) you have completed one charge/discharge cycle. Some people confuse charge/discharge cycles with charging sessions…


BMZ GmbH – known for supplying batteries to StreetScooter electric vans – made some interesting tests on Samsung ICR18650-26F battery cells that answer the questions above.

Test of Samsung ICR18650-26F battery cell by BMZ 1/2


The first chart shows us that we greatly reduce battery capacity degradation if we limit the maximum charge voltage. Nothing surprising here.


Test of Samsung ICR18650-26F battery cell by BMZ 2/2


The second chart is the most interesting one. In here we see how many charge/discharge cycles the battery cell can handle before reaching the EOL (End-of-Life) – 70 % of the initial battery capacity – in different scenarios.


  • Cycling from 100 to 0 % we get 500 cycles (25.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)
  • Cycling from 100 to 10 % we get 500 cycles (25.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)
  • Cycling from 100 to 20 % we get 1.000 cycles (50.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)


  • Cycling from 90 to 0 % we get 1.500 cycles (75.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)
  • Cycling from 90 to 10 % we get 1.500 cycles (75.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)
  • Cycling from 90 to 20 % we get 2.000 cycles (100.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)


  • Cycling from 80 to 0 % we get 3.000 cycles (150.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)
  • Cycling from 80 to 10 % we get 3.000 cycles (150.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)
  • Cycling from 80 to 20 % we get 3.500 cycles (175.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)


  • Cycling from 70 to 0 % we get 5.000 cycles (250.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)
  • Cycling from 70 to 10 % we get 5.500 cycles (275.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)
  • Cycling from 70 to 20 % we get 6.000 cycles (300.000 kWh from a 50 kWh battery)


As you can see it’s better to cycle battery cells at lower SoC. For example, if you decide to constantly fully charge a battery cell (100 %) and discharge it till 20 % you can expect 1.000 cycles until reaching the EOL. However, if you charge it till 80 % and discharge it fully (till 0 %), you can expect to triple the cycles (3.000) before reaching the EOL. In both cases you’re only using 80 % of the total battery cell capacity.


Anyway, these battery cell tests were made at ideal temperature (25º C) and moderate C-rate (0,5 C) for both charging and discharging. But what do they tell us about electric car battery packs?

Electric cars already have BMS (Battery Management Systems) that prevent batteries from being fully charged or discharged, however BMS aren’t created equal, some are more protective than others.

Most electric cars have BMS that allow them to use roughly 90 % of their total battery capacity (from 95 to 5 %), but in Chevrolet Volt’s case only 60 % (Gen 1) or 75 % (Gen 2) is usable and that’s why Chevrolet Volt is a clear example that limiting the usable battery capacity is great to reduce degradation.

Furthermore, not having the option to limit the charge to 80 % is one reason why some Nissan Leaf 30 kWh batteries show signs of rapid degradation.


Summing up, if you really want to take care of your battery try to limit charging to 70-80 % of its capacity, even if it means that sometimes you’ll need to discharge it almost till empty. Of course this is only advisable if you already know your electric car’s range limits and don’t suffer from range anxiety.

Anyway, I hope that you find this article useful. Remember that electric cars are only environmentally conscious choices if their batteries are durable.


Thanks Rodrigo Melo for the heads up.

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

73 Responses

  1. Evi3Girl says:

    This isn’t true of all EVs. The Battery Management System is important, along with the thermal management, in managing the health of the battery. Looking at just the charging strategies is like saying that the only way to travel from London to Edinburgh is by train. Those vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf 30kWh and 40kWh and the Tesla don’t offer management of the battery or thermal protection in a sophisticated manner, leaving much up to the owners. Other EV manufacturers manage it on behalf of owners in addition to checking cell levels as part of routine BMS housekeeping. Indeed, for some vehicles it is better to leave them at high SOC in order to trigger the cell management. It’s therefore best to identify articles such as these as generalistions, not as absolutes otherwise they become part of the google misinformation service.

    • Pedro Lima says:

      You can do full charges once a month to balance the battery cells, but that’s not needed nor recommendable for daily use.

    • sola says:

      “and the Tesla”


      All Teslas have proper thermal management and sophisticated cell management.

    • John Glennie says:

      I agree, that this information, isn’t true for all EV batteries… I try not to charge my 2015 SL until it’s below 90%; I rarely drop down to 20%, but charge it to full when I do charge. For my state of battery report, I have 5/5 stars for all cells after 50 000 km.

  2. Ricardo says:

    Then why isn’t there a way to limit the leaf’s charge to 70%? Seems rather stupid doesn’t it? I know you can play with the charging schedule but, why should you have to?

    • Pedro Lima says:

      The same reason why Nissan had to remove the option to limit the charge to 80 %, to game EPA range.

      Nonetheless Nissan could introduce a personalized charge limiter such as seen in Tesla cars.

    • Tyr says:

      There was the option to stop charging at 80%. They took it out when the 30kwh ones came in. 30kwh leaf batteries degrade much faster and while evidence of why is not fully understood, charging to 100% all the time seems to be a major contributing factor at least, especially since most people leave the battery held at 100% overnight.

    • Dos1986 says:

      That would be a nice feature

      Hopefully Hyundai Kona 64kWh and future long range Evs have it

      20-70% is plenty with that size battery for daily driving

      • Peter Campbell says:

        The Kona can be set to charge to stop charging at any state of charge in increments of 10%, ie 70% or 80% or 90% or 100%. For local driving I routinely have mine set to charge to 80% and only re-set it to 100% for charging just before a longer trip out of town.

    • Terawatt says:

      Stupid, yes, if you look at it from an engineering perspective. But engineers seldom get to call the shots! The business people are more concerned with things like how to communicate features to the customer, and anything leading to talk of degradation is a minus.

      Why doesn’t a single cell phone on the market have any software control over when to stop charging? They don’t have much top-buffer either, and if these numbers are representative of widely used chemistries they say we should expect a tripling of cycle life by charging to 90% instead. It would be trivial to let the user decide for himself what SoC to charge to, but nobody has ever done it. And plenty of phones get cycled pretty much daily. They don’t need to last as long as car batteries, because the product itself lives much shorter, but I for one would maybe choose to charge to 95% instead of 100%. And then my 95% would actually be more mAh than 100% of a more degraded battery after a year and 300 cycles…

      • Peter Thomas says:

        I know this is an old thread but just in case anyone is still referring to it: My last two Sony phones will (would) slow charge overnight and tell me when the charge is due to stop. This might be the time I have set the alarm or it learns and predicts what time I get up by noting what time I generally disconnect the charger. As a result, zero noticeable battery degradation.

  3. Blue says:


    I cańt see, that draining the battery to soc 0% and charging up is better than dod 20%….
    You get more cycles if you charge earlier….or did I miss something?


  4. Gary says:

    That’s great news! We live on a terraced street so have no home charger.. We generally charge it to 70 percent and run it down to 10 or zero (on a few occasions) it then hovers between these amounts. Would be good to test the battery.

  5. Marcel says:

    This is interesting thanks. I have started trying to time my charging so it ends up at 80% or less in the morning.

    Unfortunately my Leaf came with an already degraded battery: it was at 86% SOH when I got LeafSpy at 2500 km. I suspect the dealers who had it before I leased it kept it at 100%, as it only had 25km on the odometer. I haven’t calibrated the BMS yet though, so it’s possible I could get a few % back once I do that.

  6. Pajda says:

    Although it is a detail, they are not using 100% DoD in their test but ca 97%, because this 26F LG cells have 100% DOD at 2.75 V not 3 V. 🙂 It is also interesting that these tests had to take more than a year.

  7. Pajda says:

    You are right Pedro, it is Samsung cell. 🙂 But both graphs are showing the same terminal conditoin which is set to 3 V. But I have no problem with this conclusion, without no doubts it is significantly better for cycle and calendar life to charge cells to lower voltage than nominal 4.2 V. And so it is good to give chance to customer to set lower SoC if he want to. But I must say that in real life there is no problem to charge vehicles to 100% SoC all the time, because “average” driver will not use 100% DoD for each ride. In fact it is about 50% DoD or less in average depends on size of your battery. So you will get more than sufficient battery life even with 100% SoC charging in BEV application.

    Also I have a little problem 🙂 with statement that most of cars have charging limitation to 95% SoC. Most of cars, which I know, are as manufacturer standard charged to full 100% SoC. And so their “unusable energy buffer” is located below, so the cells are not discharged to 2.5-2.75 V but to 3-3.2 V only.

  8. Magnus H says:

    So, when my Nissan shows 100% charged, what kind of cell charging is that?

    • Pedro Lima says:

      You can see the real SOC with Leaf Spy. At 100 % on the dashboard, the real SOC is around 95 %.

    • Terawatt says:

      My 2012 SL only charges to 92-93% SoC as reported by LEAF Spy. The 80% charge goes to 80% SoC, not 80% of useable capacity as I would have expected (to maintain the illusion that the useable capacity is the “whole battery”).

      But it’s actually not easy to say what 100% means. Logically it ought to mean the point at which forcing more reverse current through the battery does not lead to any of it being stored and 100% of it being converted to heat. In practice, that’s not at all what it means. 100% is just a voltage that has become conventionally accepted for li-ion chemistries. Slightly different chemistries also have slightly different voltages. So maybe 100% for a particular cell would “really” be 97% for another and 102% for a third…

  9. Pajda says:

    Nissan Leaf 2015 have maxumum charging voltage of 398.4 V, which is 4.15 V per cell and so it is about 95% real cell SoC .But for example Tesla TMX/TMS is charging to 403,2 V which is 4.2 V per cell so it is real 100% SoC. So it depends on vehicle and manufacturer.

    • lo says:

      I-MiEV charges to 4.105 Volt per cell (including balancing) and when he is finished he calls that capacity “100%” (even after 7 years).

      • Pajda says:

        Thanks for this info 🙂

      • Terawatt says:

        It makes sense to label a voltage as 100%. If you tried to continue charging until no more energy gets stored (which is when it is logically “full”) by increasing the voltage until 100% of added energy is released as heat, you would cause the cell to fail and quite possibly catch fire! What voltage you choose to call 100% is however somewhat arbitrary. I believe it is simply the voltage that engineers used to agree was sensible to charge to, and that probably want subject to all that much debate or extremely time-consuming cycle testing when the convention formed. Anyway, saying this is 100% after any number of years is as correct as when it was new. You really are using as much of whatever you want to consider “full” now as you were when it was brand new. This is what is meant by state of charge. How much capacity remains, compared to the nominal capacity, is called state of health. Both may be reported on the CAN bus – at least the LEAF does report remaining capacity, allowing LEAF Spy to report SoH as well as SoC. My 2012 with a little over 70k km on the odometer is at 80% SoH – but oddly has changed very little since 50,000 km. (I don’t know how it was before that as I didn’t have LEAF Spy before 50k was already history.)

  10. Lars says:

    How representative are these tests, would we see the same or similar results with other cells from other manufacturers?

    • Pajda says:

      That is a good question. The easiest answer is not very much. You can expect similar results with the other cells with similar energy density. This particular cell have 550 Wh/l and so cells with higher density like Tesla will have significantly worse results under the same test. On the other side cells used in BMW i3 or e-Golf with much lower energy density will have significantly better results than this particular Samsung cell.

      • antrik says:

        Different cell types will obviously have different absolute numbers of cycles; but ratios in regards to SOC variations should be *roughly* in the same ballpark AFAIK.

  11. Michel says:

    What happened when you live in a winterized country and you have to leave your car plug so the battery wouldn’t freeze.

    • Marcel Guldemond says:

      Michel, I think you only have to do that if you’re going to leave the vehicle parked for an extended period of time, like more than 3 or 4 weeks.

      Otherwise the battery warmer will use something like 300W periodically to keep the battery warm enough. On a Leaf it will keep it warmer than -14C, but it only brings it up to -11C or so. Overnight, the battery heater might use 1kwh, so if you charged to 80% on a 30kwh car, assuming that 100% in the cold is actually 24-25kwh, the battery would still be at ~75% in the morning.

  12. Ronald says:

    Oh boy, that battery “research” came from a product, that samsung released in the year 2004 and here is a product spec printed in 2009.
    Current I3 batteries are Samsung NCM111.

  13. Tom Houlden says:

    Evi3Girl has a very good point, for which I would really like to know the spec for my 500e (& other cars): What is the real SOC when the car’s display says 100%, & 0%?

    However, the further you stay away from those extremes, the longer your batt will last, regardless of individual model differences there OR in their BMS & TMS (which Tesla DOES have, but Leaf & eGolf do NOT).

    So Pajda’s eGolf may not be an ideal example of longevity.

    Winter tip: Set the timer to finish charging to your approximate ideal SOC shortly before your planned departure, to recharge any loss from the battery heater AND so the batt is at a warmer, more efficient temp as soon as you start to drive. Also turn on cabin heat while its still charging, to keep the SOC from dropping as much while you drive.

    Same principles for summer: A/C on while charging, so you dont need as much while driving, AND to keep the batt cool, depending on your car’s setup. 500e batt coolant is actively cooled by A/C refrigerant IF the A/C is on. I leave mine on all the time while driving or charging, with the fan off & vents shut, so its pretty much cooling ONLY the batt, not the cabin. It seems to only barely affect driving range.

    Also not just winter for timing charge to finish right before you drive. High voltage causes even more degradation if left stagnant at that level.

  14. Tom Houlden says:


    I wonder if EPA would accept 70% or 80% SOC charge limit if it needs to be user-set each time.

  15. Tom Houlden says:

    eKona & ioniq LIFETIME FREE REPLACEMENT BATTERY WARRANTY in USA makes all of the above nearly irrelevant (SECOND owner gets 10 years 100,000 miles!).

    Does anyone know of a “LeafSpy-like” app for my Fiat 500e? (to check batt SOH)

  16. Tom Houlden says:

    If so, it still may not matter, based on a recent post by Pedro with specs indicating an eKona batt should have 200 mile range still available even after driving 225,000 miles!

    The spec is 80% capacity after 1250 cycles from 100% to 20% SOC at 25 Celsius (113F) & 1C charge/discharge. That’s pretty harsh: 1-hour discharge probably requires driving full speed with the heat or A/C blasting, 1-hour full recharge means using DC every time, & 113F might not even be possible with the liquid cooling system.

    In other words, Hyundai may as well offer to replace the original owner’s battery if it drops to 200 miles, because nearly nobody will actually experience that.

    • antrik says:

      25° Celsius is definitely *not* 113 F. It’s ideal conditions. In practice, degradation will be worse.

  17. Jose says:

    20 years experienced Toyota, is working in this way from the start. In Prius, the battery normal usage is between 20% and 80%, and the ratio between number of vehicles and problems with batteries is very low… only in intensive usages or profeesional usages (cabs) and over 300.000 kms (150.000 miles)…
    When the battery downs near to 20% the ICE starts to charge it; and during charge fase, th car force the use of electrical engine (MG1/MG2) to help the ICE and try to don’t go up more than 80%…
    MAny thanks for the post Pedro.

  18. Pierre says:

    first of all, thanks Pedro for the article.

    I’ll lease a Hyundai Ioniq pretty soon, and will certainly try to use it as eco-friendly as possible, starting with taking care of the battery. I presume that batteries of similar technologies and generations will have comparable properties. So I’m wondering:
    1) I thought I’d try to mostly charge using AC, targeting 10->80% as much as possible. From what I see, it might be preferable to target 5->75% (or even 5->70% if the range is sufficient, which should be the case during the week days). Am I right?
    2) Does the 28kWh Ioniq have any reserve that should be taken into account for the real SOC? Like for instance the 60kWh Tesla model S, which was in fact a 75 limited to 60. So practically, charging it fully was only an 80% load…..

    I’ll be grateful for any reliable information. Thanks in advance and best regards

    • Pajda says:

      2) Ioniq have 28kWh usable energy, it is supposed that Ioniq battery rated capacity is 30.5 kWh. So it uses only 90% DoD. I do not know maximum charging voltage for Ioniq so I cannot tell if this reserve is on the top or bottom.

    • Tim Falkiner says:

      I have an MG ZS EV and my strategy is to only charge when I need to which reduces the number of cycles over time. I run it down to, say, 100 km and charge it up to 250 km about once a week. I charge it overnight and if it is not quite fully charged when I take it off that is good. And I do not leave it at 100% for more than half a day. This strategy balances long battery life with convenience.

  19. Elmo says:

    I m driving over a year an ioniq and drove 37000km I don t have an noticable degree in range and I always charge to 100% and discarge daily between 13 till 40% depending on weather.

    However I ordered a kona ev and with that battery I will be easily able to stop charging around 80% hope Hyundai will provide this option.

  20. Dudamus says:

    YOu can use your charging timer to limit your charge to approximately 80 or 90%. That is what we do with my Wife’s newer 2016 model that doesn’t have the 80% option. About 3.5 hours works good for her to get two commutes to work, about 92 miles every 2 days. Depends on the your charger power too of course, she uses 6.6

    • amissionleaf says:

      Can you share your leaf’s degradation status? Since you are practicing limited charging. My 2017 leaf has dropped SOH to 86% in 2.5 years and ~27000 miles. I charged everyday to 100% and my daily commute is ~40 miles. Recently my big boy started to drive the leaf to school and gym, about 10miles a day and I started to limit the charge to 70%. Hope to see the stopping of continuous capacity dropping.

  21. Tom Houlden says:

    Much better if you could charge every day to 70%, especially if it’s a Leaf, since it has no TMS

  22. Jonas Jovial says:

    Sorry, but this article is a complete bullshit and no sense, full of mistakes…

    You are trying to derive the same conclusions from a single cell to a pack of cells in series… That’s totally wrong, and because most people are doing that (charging to 80%), they are loosing capacity..

    The BMS needs to equalize all cells and that is done on the end of the charge. By not doing that, the diference between cells tends to get worst an the package health will get worst and worst all over time.

    Besides, there’s also another series of mistakes:
    – It’s completely wrong to assume that the 100% indicated by the car is really 100% on the cells. It’s the BMS that decides that.
    – Also, 0% on the car does not equals to 0% on the cells. The BMS would not allow for that.

    My practice in my 30kWh Leaf has shown that it’s worst to charge only a little bit, instead of charging all the way to 100%. A good practice is follow the following rules:

    – If you are going to use the car the next day, charge it to 100% right before you pick up the car. Never leave the car with 100% for long period of times.
    – If you are not going to use car next day immediately after it charges, don’t charge it to 100%.
    – Avoid as most as possible big DOD. And avoid leaving the car for a long period with the battery in a weak/very week state of charge.

    • Terawatt says:

      You don’t lose capacity by the pack being unbalanced. You only *seem* to. The BMS must ensure no cell falls below minimum voltage (SoC), otherwise it will be damaged. So if one cell is lower than the others, you can’t use the energy in the others because the BMS must shut down power to protect the weakest cell. But once you’ve balanced the pack again, that previously inaccessible capacity is restored. That’s why many people imagine a charge to 100% actually improved the capacity of their pack, when in fact it improved only useable capacity. If you charge to 80% for two years and then once to 100% you will have more capacity and more useable capacity than if you had charged to 100% during the same period. You may have had less useable capacity during that time, but what does that matter if you didn’t need it?? Basically, you should only charge to as much as you need, if you want to maximize battery health and cycle life.

      • Jonas Jovial says:

        Sorry, but you are wrong… has time goes by, the unbalance between cells gets worse and worse, to a point of no recovery, mainly because the internal resistance of the worst cells increases, making them to achieve the a higher voltage sooner and stopping the charger sooner then it should be. This makes it become worse, and worse…

        As i point out: one thing is one single cell, other thing is 96 cells in series… if you don’t allow the BMS to balance them, it will become worst and worst every day, to a point of no recovery.

        • Josef Šoltes says:

          Balancing occurs not just during charging as on lifepo cells, but all the time the car sits idle.

    • antrik says:

      Sure, Mr. know-it-all: that’s why Tesla recommends to charge only to 90% or so for normal use — because they surely don’t understand cell balancing.

  23. antrik says:

    Recommending to charge only to 80% or so probably makes sense; but 70% is likely pointless. Even if 70% is actual SoC (not 70% of usable capacity, which could be even less SoC), at this point other factors are likely limiting the battery life far more. I wouldn’t expect limiting to less than 80% or so to really make much of a difference.

  24. knowebs says:

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  25. I appreciate it when you said that in order to keep the car battery strong, it is best to limit the charging up to 70%-80% even if it means leaving it to almost empty sometimes. I am sure that the same principle with the machine battery that we are using since they have pretty much the same purpose. We wanted to know how to care for the battery and this is what I found. Surely everyone will appreciate the info.

  26. deftoner says:

    Most decent charges has the option to stop at certain %. but since chargers has no idea the status of the % of the car. you need to input the % when starting charge. I have the JuiceBox and I can limit the charge %

    I charge my 500e every 2 days, going from 100 to 40/30%. If I charge until 80 I should charge every day or I would get under 10%. So, prefer to go to 100% but using 1 cycle every 2 days. instead. its like 150 a year and not 300.

    • Bizz says:

      This is exactly how to degrade faster a battery !
      100% charge is a no go except for long trip, in this case it’s better to charge 100% just before it.

      Cycle is a concept, it’s like fuel tank “I do 20 fuel tank a year” does not mean I filled with 1 or 20 gallon each time

  27. VITOR LEAL says:

    Oh Gosh. This is an important issue but we get no clear answers. It makes sense to me that most likely there isn’t a “one size fits all” answer, and that much will depend on the specific battery/brand/BMS… Any specific info for the Smart ED (451 E) battery ? Thanks / best, Vítor

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Your electric car has a very durable battery pack protected with a TMS with liquid cooling. However, the same advises presented in the article still apply. If you limit your charges to 90-80-70 % you’ll get a much better battery life. Avoid charging to 100 % everyday.

  28. VITOR LEAL says:

    Thank you. The car computer does not allow to set a charging limit, so I guess that I’ll have to play with the timmings (it allows to set the charging start time, and I plan to charge at home during the night, about every 3-4 days). Abraço.

  29. Arya Smith says:

    Thanks for helping me understand that there are batteries wherein they are protected by not being fully charged or drained. I think that is important to keep them from being damaged fast. I will ask if the battery is like that before renting one so that I will not worry about damaging anything. We just need to rent one for the event that we will be hosting for the birthday of our son which is golf-themed.

  30. David Theil says:

    Can you provide the link to the original BMZ-GmbH article/blog? I want to understand what sort of thermal management they used during their testing. Thanks

  31. Ira Eisenstein says:

    I have a 2017 Prius Prime, which is a plug-in hybrid…. I get approx 28-32 miles of electric, (depending of course on my driving speed and how hard I accelerate) and then it becomes an ordinary Prius hybrid. When I get home, I plug it in, and it stays plugged in till I have to use it again.
    So it is pretty easy to use up all the electric and finish my trip on gasoline as a simple hybrid. I don’t know if the Prius Prime has a BMS, but I know I always use up all of the “electric” when I go more than 30 miles.
    The good thing is that (for the same driving style) I have seen no deterioration over the nearly 4 years I have the car, in the electric miles I get before it switches to hybrid mode.

  32. luc says:

    I read dozens of time that the best is to keep battery between 20%-70/80% level, but why? What does it change in battery itslef? What changes do happen in battery?

    Pedro, would be so kind to explain from battery point of view? Or paste some informative link about that.


    • Pedro Lima says:

      Hi Luc.

      Common liquid electrolytes are chemically more stable at lower voltages, that’s why LTO (2,3 V) and LFP (3,2 V) battery cells are more durable than most NCM/NCA cells that work at higher voltages (3,7 V).

      At higher voltages the liquid electrolyte starts slowly corroding the electrodes.

      When you charge a battery you’re increasing its voltage.

      Upcoming high-voltage spinel (5 V) battery cells require new electrolytes and better coating of the electrodes to prevent extreme corrosion from happening.

      I hope this helps to understand why you shouldn’t keep your battery charged at high SOC for long periods.

  33. Iwan says:

    I just acquired a Toyota Corolla Hybrid SUV, using series-parallel architecture. The charging is handled fully by BMS. What can the user do to extend the lifecycle of the battery as long as possible? In my country the warranty of the battery is 100.000km or 5 yrs.

    • Pedro Lima says:

      I don’t think there is much you can do, since you don’t control the charging behavior.

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