On Several Maintenance Methods of Lithium Ion Battery
When the lithium battery cell is overcharged to a voltage higher than 4.2V, it will start to produce side effects. The higher the overcharge voltage, the higher the risk. When the voltage of the lithium battery cell is higher than 4.2V, the number of lithium atoms remaining in the positive electrode material is less than half. At this time, the cell often collapses, causing a permanent decrease in battery capacity. If you continue to charge, since the storage cell of the negative electrode has been filled with lithium atoms, subsequent lithium metal will accumulate on the surface of the negative electrode material. These lithium atoms will grow dendrites from the surface of the negative electrode toward the direction of the lithium ions. These lithium metal crystals will pass through the separator paper and short-circuit the positive and negative electrodes. Sometimes the battery explodes before the short circuit occurs. This is because during the overcharging process, the electrolyte and other materials will crack to produce gas, causing the battery shell or pressure valve to swell and rupture, allowing oxygen to enter and react with the lithium atoms accumulated on the surface of the negative electrode. And then exploded. Therefore, when charging a lithium battery, the upper limit of the voltage must be set so that the battery life, capacity, and safety can be taken into account at the same time. The most ideal upper limit of the charging voltage is 4.2V. There is also a lower voltage limit when discharging lithium batteries. When the cell voltage is lower than 2.4V, some materials will begin to be destroyed. And because the battery will self-discharge, the longer it is left, the lower the voltage will be. Therefore, it is best not to stop when the battery is discharged to 2.4V. During the period when the lithium battery is discharged from 3.0V to 2.4V, the energy released only accounts for about 3% of the battery capacity. Therefore, 3.0V is an ideal discharge cut-off voltage. When charging and discharging, in addition to the voltage limit, the current limit is also necessary. When the current is too large, lithium ions will not have time to enter the storage cell and will accumulate on the surface of the material. After these lithium ions obtain electrons, they will produce lithium atom crystals on the surface of the material, which is the same as overcharging, which is dangerous. If the battery casing ruptures, it will explode. Therefore, the protection of lithium-ion batteries must include at least three items: the upper limit of the charging voltage, the lower limit of the discharge voltage, and the upper limit of the current. In the general lithium battery pack, in addition to the lithium battery core, there will be a protective board, this protective board mainly provides these three protections. However, these three protections of the protection board are obviously not enough, and there are still frequent explosions of lithium batteries around the world. To ensure the safety of the battery system, the cause of the battery explosion must be analyzed more carefully.