Batteries are rarely talked about – until they’re drained – then we’ll tell everyone as we beg desperately for a charger, hoping to get enough juice to last the day. The truth is, they’re a miracle of engineering that gets taken for granted and cursed when flat.
When repairing customer laptops we often hear the phrase “the battery died after a year or so” and that was certainly the case with the older type batteries. Luckily battery technology has gone a lot further and Lithium-Ion batteries are the main battery of choice today, together with longer lifespan and longer useful working charge.
If it feels like your battery is running out faster, you might be right. But it’s not because of ‘battery memory’ and needing to be cycled (that’s an older battery type called NiMh), it’s because the modern Lithium-Ion batteries in phones and laptops just simply wear out over time or get affected by heat. Fortunately, extending your battery life is easier than you think!
Which of the following GOOD battery habits do you have?
Charge whenever you can:
Lithium-ion batteries don’t like being charged all the way up and then drained all the way down. No wonder, it even sounds exhausting. Give them a little charge here and there, and they’ll be happy.
Leave your laptop plugged in:
You are very unlikely to over-charge the modern battery, it will just sit there waiting to be used. The laptop also helps out by cutting the flow of power when the battery registers as fully charged.
Watch for overheating:
Your laptop battery won’t overcharge, but it may overheat. You might also consider removing the battery if you’re using your laptop plugged in all the time. Yes, you might lose data if there’s a power outage, but overheating is a far more common occurrence and it’s been proven to degrade battery life considerably. Check your vents are clear with good airflow, and if necessary, help it out with a cooling laptop stand.
Leave your phone plugged in all night:
Just like your laptop, your charger knows to stop when the battery is full. Those chargers do generate heat though, so make sure you have enough airflow around both charger and phone, and never cover them up with anything.
Charge batteries before storing:
If you’re one of the lucky few with backup batteries, make sure to give them a half charge before storing. They’ll naturally discharge and age over time, so this gives them a fighting chance to still be viable when you need them.
Keep your cool:
We know to avoid water with our phones, but we’re less careful about exposing it to heat. This includes leaving it in your car all day, placing it on top of your PC, or even in a sunny spot by the window.
Wireless and rapid chargers can also be an issue, as the amount of heat they generate will affect your battery.
Keeping your Lithium-Ion battery happy is easier than you think. Your battery will wear out over time, but you can push that day a few years into the future if you remember to keep it charged and keep it cool.
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