Well I just got new batteries for my RC glider and I'm thinking about what to do with its battery.
For those who aren't in the RC hobby the story goes something like this:
New kid buys a battery and hears that some people recommend breaking in the batteries. After that he asks the question on one of the popular RC forums.
Answers are usually something like "I have xxx batteries and always break them in." or "I never spend the time to break-in my batteries, it's a waste of time." and then threads move to the argue phase where each side tries shows numerous older posts which back one side or another and then they dig up PDFs hidden on manufacturers' sites can be interpreted to recommend breaking-in while the other side argues that many other manufacturers don't mention breaking-in and in the end no conclusion can be made as we have one side with no solid claims trying to refute other side with no solid claims and this all seems so unscientific to me.
One combination that seems to repeat often is to discharge the battery at 0.5 C and then charge it again at 0.5 C for first five times as that will cause chemicals which are supposed to keep the battery stable during shipping to dissolve and provide higher maximum output current.
Such threads are numerous and key word combination that seems to bring them up is "li-po break-in" for those who want the pleasure of reading endless arguments.
Also a bit about the battery requirements: Usually the battery is supposed to provide high current (10 C to 20 C is common, sometimes more), have low mass, low volume, charge quickly ( several C) and last for several hundred cycles.
So my question is: Do you know of any solid guidelines which explain if new batteries should be broken in, preferably backed by some research results or clear and unambiguous instructions provided by manufacturers.
UPDATE The particular type of batteries I'm using don't have electronics in them. They're just bare cells convected together and any electronics which sense battery status are external to the battery itself, so calibration of such electronics isn't the point here.