My thoughts on Over-charging Batteries
For those that don’t know me personally, I work for the government on special projects, and we’ll just leave it at that. However, in the course of normal work, we talked in depth to a National Lab in regards to batteries. One of the discussions was charging. I can’t post the actual info I got from them, however, here is a good stand in:
This is an except from here:
No trickle charge is applied because lithium-ion is unable to absorb overcharge. A continuous trickle charge above 4.05V/cell would causes plating of metallic lithium that could lead to instabilities and compromise safety. Instead, a brief topping charge is provided to compensate for the small self-discharge the battery and its protective circuit consume. … Typically, the charge kicks in when the open terminal voltage drops to 4.05V/cell and turns off at a high 4.20V/cell.
There is a whole lot more info on that site, but I’ll sum up the excerpt, if you continually charge a Lithium Ion battery, it will degrade, and worst case explode, but hey, at least it looks cool when it does.
Just don’t end up like others have, for example, a Chinese man who took his phone off the charger, put it in his pocket, and then it exploded. To read a little more about that, check out EnGadget, if you want to see the phone, Tech-Ex. Here’s another one, no one was killed, but it burst into flames, over on PCWorld.
I’m not sure if those were good factory batteries or the cheap Chinese knock offs, but either way, if you decide to assume the risk, that’s your decision. However, my decision is NOT to hack the battery code.
I hope this explains why I have not or WILL NOT modify the battery code.