What is a Gel Blaster Battey? & How to do Maintenance?
In this fantastic article, M416GelBlaster store will discus a very crucial part of your gel ball blaster, which is the gel blaster batteries. We will let you know what is a gel blaster battery and how to do maintenance on it. Batteries have an impact on gel blaster performance, whether it is the type of battery, or the voltage. So i think there is a necessary to talk about it.
Unlike Airsoft or paintball, which mainly run on gas, The gel guns realy on the power of electricity. This inevitably leads to the use of batteries. Ok, let's talk about the info on batteries.
What is a Gel Blaster Battey?
Gel Blaster batteries are typically 7.4V or 11.1V lithium polymer batteries that are used to power Gel Blasters. They come in different capacities and sizes to fit different models of Gel Blasters. It's important to use the correct type of battery and charging equipment to avoid damaging the battery or the gel blaster. Overcharging or using an incorrect charging voltage can lead to reduced battery life and even pose a safety risk.
General info on Gel Ball Blaster batteries
We will characterize a battery according to a few criteria:
- Its nominal voltage (V), which will represent its power, the higher the voltage of a battery, the faster it will make your motor run (firing rate). The original batteries of the Blasters are 7.4 Volts, on the customs we tend to see 11.1 Volts.
- Its charging capacity (Mah), which will determine the battery's autonomy. We will find in a rather classic way batteries that are between 1200 and 2000 Mah, which generally leaves enough to play an afternoon without too many worries.
- The number of cells, these are small batteries that store an identical nominal voltage and that we will multiply (ex: LiFE have 3 cells of 3.3Volts and therefore have a nominal power of 9.9Volts), for LiPo we will talk about 2s or 3s (2 or 3 cells).
Example of a gel blaster with upgrade battery installed:
What are the main characteristics of a battery?
The main characteristics of a battery include:
- Voltage: The electrical potential difference between the positive and negative terminals.
- Capacity: The amount of energy that a battery can store, measured in milliampere-hours (mAh).
- Discharge rate: The rate at which energy is used or drawn from the battery, measured in milliamperes (mAh).
- Self-discharge rate: The rate at which the battery loses its charge when not in use.
- Cycle life: The number of charge and discharge cycles a battery can undergo before its performance significantly decreases.
- Operating temperature range: The temperature range in which a battery can be used and still perform effectively.
- Charging time: The time it takes for a battery to fully charge.
- Internal resistance: The resistance to the flow of current within the battery.
Note: Different types of batteries may have different sets of characteristics, so always refer to the manufacturer's specifications for specific information about a battery.
The most common are the Sticks, this type of battery is composed of Nickel-Cadium (NiCd), the particularity of these batteries is that it tend to discharge themselves at rest, and they are subject to a strong "memory effect". This means that a battery that is regularly recharged when it is not empty will retain this "threshold" as its minimum charge capacity.
Then there are NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride), unlike NiCd, they do not contain heavy metals and are therefore more environmentally friendly. They also have a longer lifespan and can withstand higher charge cycles (more than 300 recharges without any problem). In addition, they have the advantage of being resistant and easy to handle. Not very common in the Gel Blaster community, they are often supplied as standard with entry-level Airsoft products.
The LiPo Gel Blaster battery, which is becoming more and more widespread, has many advantages, and has a much longer life than the other types presented so far. They have constant voltage until the battery is completely discharged. They are also much more efficient with the use of "high torque" or "high speed" motors. Finally, they have an additional technical characteristic, the "10c/20c/30c" values, which is their discharge rate, it is very high which means that they will drain much more slowly than other types of batteries.
However, they do have one disadvantage, which is their fragility. It is necessary to avoid complete discharge, which can cause one of the cells to swell and eventually lead to an explosion. The same goes for charging, they do not tolerate overcharging and require the use of a charger with a balance to stop charging when the battery is full.
LiFe batteries are less widespread but offer many advantages, they offer all the advantages of LiPo while being more robust.
How to charge gel blaster battery?
To charge a Gel Blaster battery, you will need a charger specifically designed for Li-Polymer batteries. Here's the general steps to follow:
- Connect the battery to the charger using the correct cable.
- Plug the charger into a power source (e.g. wall outlet or USB port).
- Wait for the charger's indicator light to turn green, indicating that the battery is fully charged.
Note: Different chargers have different charging times and indicator lights, so refer to the charger's manual for specific instructions. Additionally, always use a charger that is specifically designed for your battery and avoid overcharging, as this can reduce battery life and potentially pose a safety risk.
Use a "balancer" charger or balancer for LiPo batteries in order to be sure of the end of the charge cycle and not to risk overcharging your batteries, which could damage them.
How to know when your gel blaster battery is charged?The indicator light on the charger is usually the best way to know when your Gel Blaster battery is fully charged. Typically, when the light turns green, it means the battery has been fully charged. Some chargers may also have a red light that turns on while the battery is charging and turns off when it's fully charged. Refer to the manual of the specific charger you are using to determine how it indicates that a battery is charged.
How to Maintenance your batteries?
Here are some general tips to maintain and extend the life of your Gel Blaster batteries:
- Store batteries in a cool, dry place and at a safe temperature.
- Use the correct charging equipment and avoid overcharging.
- Avoid completely discharging the battery, as this can reduce its lifespan.
- Clean the battery's contact points and charging ports regularly.
- Use a quality battery, as lower quality batteries can have a shorter lifespan.
Note: Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for specific maintenance and care information for your specific battery.