What lifetime can i expect from lithium ion batteries?

Hi, what lifetime will the new rechargable batteries in hearing aids last?
1 year, 2 years, 3 years, how many?
and i didnt put in the brand and model because it shouldn’t matter much; anyway its a new resound Q9

Phonak Marvels will supposedly last 6 years. Since they’ve only been out since December this is just speculation at this point.

It is indeed all speculation on the battery life.

However, my Marvels’ have a 3 year warranty which covers the batteries. In addition to that, my Audi will send mine in at the 2.5 year mark for what she called “refurbishment”. As part of that process; Phonak replaces the batteries.

That should give me at least 5 years of life for my HA’s without having to worry about battery life

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My son gave me an iPhone 7 that he had used for about two years. The lithium ion battery health had fallen to about 80%, and I replaced it. The manufacture date on the battery was October 2016.

I think the thing to consider with a HA battery is that you really want it to last all day, and not have to charge it during the day to make it through. For that reason I think they are more sensitive to capacity loss.

The runtime of all lithium-ion rechargeable batteries reduces over time. The estimates are based on fresh lithium-ion rechargeable battery capacity. Under normal operating conditions, the battery will retain up to 80% of its initial capacity after 2 years of use. Preferred rechargeable hearing aid with direct streaming may interested of you.

I am on my second Oticon miniRITE rechargeable battery and both have only lasted a few months before I started getting the battery low sound after only about 10 hours use. I always recharge overnight. Is this normal?

Do you have the zpower battery? If so that’s not lithium ion.

Yes it is the zpower. Will lithium ion work with Oticon miniRITE? If so, which type do I need?

Unfortunately, it seems this is the crappy normal for ZPower Batteries. Soon, you will be down to 4 hours of use and /or not being able to recharge at all. It was not the intended normal, but it is the way they work (Not work) for many. Be prepared, and carry disposables, or switch out to using disposables if you need to be sure your hearing aids won’t stop working due to dead battery.
You can only switch out to disposables - not lithium ion.

Oticon have agreed to replace my zpower OPN HA (7 months old) with a new lithium ion one. It looks like they have realised that zpower is a lemon.

As li ion batteries are not user replaceable, what happens when it eventually wears out too? Does anyone know whether Oticon will refurbish the HA with a new li ion battery? And how much?

Back to li-ion batteries, the expected long-term lifetime of li-ion batteries depends on how fully you charge them, how hot they get while charging and in use, how fully you discharge them, etc. Things like phones and PC are sold on the idea that you’re going to want to fully charge the device to get through the day, etc., but things like electric vehicles and NASA space satellites have very intelligent battery charge management software. See Wikipedia articles and Battery University stuff on li-ion batteries. Since I’m an old retired geezer, I take my HA’s out for a 25-minute or so break during the day and partially recharge, staying between about 30% and 60% charge during daily use. I don’t take my Samsung smartwatch, my Galaxy Note 8, or my HA’s out to work in the yard when it’s over 85 deg F in Texas.

I recently bought a really powerful EGO electric string trimmer at Home Depot with an extra 56-volt 5 Ah li-ion battery. EGO builds intelligent battery management into the battery. The charger has a fan to cool the battery while charging and if you don’t use the device for 10 days, the battery will self-discharge to 30% to preserve its long-term life (like you’re storing the thing over the winter). Maybe smartphone and PC manufacturers aren’t so smart - or maybe they are - and just love selling you a new device when your old one has a useless battery. Same for HA OEM’s with li-ion batteries?

zpower batteries are not lithium ion. They are a beast of their own, and not worth the material they are made out of.

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