As with any monitoring project, you should select the proper equipment and determine a maintenance schedule based on the environment specific to your application.
Maintenance tips include:
- See the Levelogger or Vented Dataloggers User Guides for tips on maintaining and cleaning your dataloggers
- Keep the dust cap on the SolSat 5 power connection when not in use
- If you are not deploying the SolSat 5, turn it "OFF" using the Settings in the App.
If the SolSat 5 is stored without turning it off, the batteries will slowly drain. Once 2.6 volts is reached, the batteries may not recover or lose storage capacity.
- Recharge the batteries as required. The SolSat 5 is fully charged at 4.2 volts, at 3.4 volts the SolSat 5 needs to be recharged. Without an added solar panel, basic usage would allow the SolSat 5 batteries to last over 1 year. On average, the batteries will last 2–3 years based on hourly samples and one satellite transmission per day. With the solar panel recharging, they should last indefinitely.
- Contact Solinst if the batteries need to be replaced. Do not try replacing them yourself.
Battery voltage for the SolSat 5 is sent with each report, it can also be checked using the Wi-Fi App when connected.