How to Take Care of Your HeartStart ref M5070A Batteryby Tony Myers on 07/05/14
Imagine that you just bought a Philips HeartStart FRx series defibrillator, which will be used when someone in your household has a sudden heart malfunction and needs to be administered a strong pulse of electricity. As what you might be aware of, your defibrillator runs on a HeartStart ref M5070A battery, designed to supply your AED with enough power to possibly save the victim. Being the meticulous person that you are, you also bought a spare HeartStart ref M5070A battery, just in case your primary battery fails.
Now, how should you store and use your batteries properly?
A HeartStart ref M5070A battery is more advanced than the regular battery. Although it is a lithium manganese dioxide battery, which means that it is more powerful and lasts longer than other batteries, it still needs some proper storage and handling to perform at its best.
As with most batteries, extreme temperatures can significantly affect the lifespan of a battery, due to the fact that the chemical reactions which power your battery vary in rate based on the temperature to which the battery is exposed. Furthermore, changes in humidity can also affect the performance of your battery. For these reasons, HeartStart ref M5070A batteries should be stored in dry places that are preferably near room temperature. It would be ideal if the batteries are stored in their original packaging, as the packaging will help protect the battery and its metal components from corrosion or electrical discharges.
Handle the battery will great care. As well as damaging the battery, any mechanical shocks or tampering can allow toxic chemicals to leak out of the battery casing.
In addition, be careful when replacing your heartStart battery. When improperly installed, the battery may overheat and explode, destroying both the battery and the defibrillator.
Once installed, defibrillators in the HeartStart FRx series will usually perform a self-check. Since this self-check consumes power, avoid triggering this prematurely by only removing the battery if the defibrillator indicates that it is running out of power. Instead, replace the battery only when the green “Ready” light on the device stops blinking.
With some simple rules, you can keep your HeartStart M5070A batteries in excellent condition, always ready when you need it most.