Storing the LI-6800

The instrument can be stored for a few weeks without any special preparation. For short-term storage, park the chamber (not open, but not closed) to prevent the leaf gaskets from becoming deformed and remove the humidifier column to prevent the accumulation of humidity in the console.

For longer-term storage (a month or more), we recommend that you remove the batteries from the console and clean and dry the instrument with a soft damp (not dripping wet) cloth and mild detergent if needed. Clean the screen with common glass cleaners. Spray the cloth, not the glass.

The LI-6800 should always be stored in the case. The instrument storage temperature range is -45 to 50 ˚C, <85% relative humidity. The instrument will draw a small current when it is off. A fully charged battery will drain in about 7 months in an instrument that is off.

You can store the instrument with the desiccant and soda lime in the columns; however, you may need to replace the chemicals prior to using it again. Be sure the instrument stays below 50 °C during storage. We recommend the following before storing or shipping the instrument:

  • Remove the CO2 cylinder. Vent the gas to depressurize the cylinder, and then remove it. This prevents CO2 adsorption to internal console components. This is especially important when storing the instrument in the closed case, which will trap the vented CO2 gas.
  • Remove the Nafion humidifier column and empty the water. This will prevent the accumulation of humidity in the console.
  • Empty the Stuttgarter Masse humidifier column or remove it from the console. This will ensure that the valve manifold stays free of water in the event that the case becomes inverted.
  • Remove any plant material from the leaf chamber.
  • Park the chamber (do not close it) to prevent compressing the gaskets.

Battery storage

Store the batteries with a 30-50% charge. Replenish the charge every 6 months of storage. The batteries do not have a "memory," and there is no need to fully discharge a battery routinely.

The battery pack is not user serviceable. If it exceeds a temperature or load threshold, a non-resettable fuse will open, rendering the battery non-functional. If the batteries become excessively discharged in storage, the charger will supply a 3-minute wake-up charge in an attempt to activate the electronics.

Battery removal

To remove the batteries, open the battery cover (see Figure 2‑4). Grasp the tab on the battery and pull.

Battery disposal

Wheelie bin symbol indicates that the product should be discarded to electronics waste collection rather than household waste.

Lithium ion batteries must be disposed of safely. The batteries may cause environmental damage or damage to human health if they are disposed of improperly. Do not dispose of the batteries in unsorted municipal waste or an incinerator. Many localities have battery recycling facilities that will accept lithium ion batteries. Check your local regulations to determine how to dispose of the batteries.

This product uses CR Lithium coin cells to preserve memory. Perchlorate material: Special handling may apply. In the U.S. State of California, see