When it comes to battery care, people seem to have their own beliefs. Many of them are false. This is mainly due to confusion about the different types of batteries used in electronic devices. 15 years ago, the Ni-Cad battery was the popular battery used in wireless phones. Today Lithium-ion batteries are used, and how you care for it is very different from how you care for a Ni-Cad battery. Here are some things you’ll need to know about keeping your phone battery healthy.
Heat is the enemy
The warmer your phone battery gets, the more battery performance is affected. Follow these steps for keeping it cool:
- Avoid leaving your phone in a hot car.
- Keep the phone away from the warmth of your body. Pockets are a bad spot. Invest in a case to carry the phone away from your body.
- Avoid using quick chargers. Many car chargers rapidly charge batteries, causing more heat. The cheap chargers you find on eBay these days are notorious for damaging batteries. Only use a charger that charges the phone at a slower rate.
- Unplug the phone immediately once it’s finished charging.
- When storing the phone or battery, discharge the battery as much as possible and place it in a cool environment.
Never completely discharge it
Unlike Ni-Cad batteries, you should never completely discharge your Lithium-ion battery. Once the charge drops too low, the battery is completely dead and cannot be recharged. Feel free to plug or unplug your charger at any time as Lithium-ion batteries have no memory effect.
The lower the charge, the better
The lower the average amount of charge in a battery over the course of it’s life, the longer it will last. That means if you can manage to keep your phone battery charged about half way or lower at all times, the battery will be healthy longer. Of course, this is a tough task to ask, but you may want to rethink the practice of constantly charging your battery to full capacity every day.
No matter what, it will eventually die
You may be the best at caring for your phone battery, but it will still stop holding a charge eventually. This usually happens after about 3 years. If you need to purchase a replacement, you may want to make sure the battery hasn’t been sitting on a shelf for the past 3 years.