If you are worried about leaving your Dyson plugged in always, let us first put your worries at ease and say your Dyson is not in any risk from leaving it in plugged in after use. In fact these impressive little gadgets are designed to be stored on a charging state at all times so they are always ready for use whenever you want them. Over the course of this article, well explain to you the how and the why you can leave your Dyson charging always.
The Hidden Talent of Your Dyson
The unsung hero that makes this possible, is the battery that powers it all. Dyson has put so much thought and effort into all their products, even developing patented technology, like their Cyclone technology, and the Dyson Digital Motor (DDM) to bring you one of the most powerful vacuum cleaners till date, and providing power to all these parts is the small palm-sized battery pack.
Dyson employs Lithium-ion cells, a light, but powerful material in the making of their battery which confers high power, as well as safety. This also provides the benefit of a no-memory effect, like you can expect from a Nickel battery. The memory effect means, when you charge such a battery with a 50% left in it, over time, it remembers the 50% charge as its base charge. Reducing its total capacity and shortening its use time. With the no-memory of the li-ion cells employed, the Dyson battery is adaptable to any environment and you can get more use from each charge.
Dyson promises 2,000 hours of rigorous testing on every battery to ensure its quality and the functioning of all extra features employed in the battery pack. These features include;
- Over-charge protection. This is protection put in place for the very reason you’re reading this article. It reads the charge of the Dyson battery, stopping it from charging as soon as it detects a full charge. It is because of the presence of this safety measure, that Dyson provides a docking station where it can the stored and charged simultaneously. Once the battery is fully charged, the current is stopped from flowing in – which is indicated with the disappearance of the steady blue light.
- Over-discharge protection. This is put in place to protect against certain risks to the battery health when it is carries a low charge over long periods of time.
- Over-current protection. This protects all electric circuits in the device in the event of a short-circuit.
- Over-voltage protection. This protects against the high voltage when charging which can severely damage the battery and the device as a whole.
- Overheating protection. Electrical circuits are delicate equipment, and batteries in particular are very temperature-sensitive so Dyson chooses non-heat conductive material that allows heat to escape easily when generated, and cases the battery in fireproof PVC material.
The Dyson V6 Battery is only good for about 20 minutes of use (on ‘Eco’ mode), this duration falls to 6 minutes when running on its highest settings (MAX or BOOST modes). After the battery has been run to empty, it requires 3 to 4 hours to regain its full charge. This short runtime in contrast to its long charge time – which was addressed in the later models – can explain Dyson’s provision of the docking charging station where the device can be stored, while simultaneously charging, as well as the overcharging protection put in place.
Considering Plugging and Unplugging
If you are still not convinced, and wish to only charge your device when it’s low and disconnect it after it is full, well that’s fine too. It is a very healthy practice to adopt for all electronics, especially as not all devices and products have the overcharge protection that comes with your Dyson battery. The only time a full charge is mandatory before use is when the device is still brand new. This is required of any new electrical device as it helps sustain the health of your device. Making sure to run the battery down before a recharge is also highly recommended to maintain a healthy charge cycle for your device.
Your Dyson has a lifespan of about 4 years, two of which are covered by Dyson on warranty, so in a case of spoilage for whatever reason, so long as it is within 2 years of your purchase, you can walk into any Dyson retail store and they will provide an original Dyson replacement battery which is preferred over other generic brands which do not offer the same protection as an original battery.
If you want to ensure you use your battery for as long as it’s worth, however, here’s some tips to put you on the right track;
- Ensure you run the battery down fully before plugging id to charge. We mentioned this earlier, but it doesn’t hurt to emphasize. Leaving your Dyson plugged in all the time won’t harm your device, because of the protection already in place, but always charging your device without first running it down can, and will hurt your battery.
- Don’t always run on high setting. Your Dyson vacuum cleaner is more than capable of satisfying all you’re cleaning need on its ‘Auto’ mode. The higher setting is only necessary for tough spots.
- Make sure to use the right attachments for the right job. Dyson has provided various useful attachments for specific jobs, some of which are motorized, requiring more power just to operate. Using the right attachment for the job will ensure you get the most out of each charge and would also make your cleaning faster and easier.
- Pay attention to the temperature. We mentioned earlier the sensitivity of your device to high temperatures. This is a very crucial point because it goes both ways. Dyson has already designed the device in a way that it will not work or even charge at temperatures below 3oC (37oF). But all the same, after each use it’s best to allow the device to cool down before plugging it to charge if you notice it to be a bit hot.
Storing at room temperature will also go a long way to ensure the life of your battery. This includes avoiding using the device to vacuum a car that’s been under the sun for a long time, raising the car’s ambient temperature to high levels.