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Top 7 Battery Health Tips for 2017

It is 2017 and there are still a ton of smartphone battery myths we keep hearing being passed on from retailer to customer, and friends to friends. We hardly pay any attention to our batteries in our phones other than when they are about to die or when buying a new phone, checking to see if its a phone with a big enough battery to last us through the day.

We want to debunk a few of the lithium ion and lithium polymer battery myths that have been transferred over from those days of nickel-based batteries

Are you still one of those smartphone users that believe in letting their batteries reach zero before charging to 100%? Well, if you are that’s actually one of the biggest reasons why batteries swell

This matters because the charging techniques have drastically changed since then. We now see phones worldwide have battery failures and the key issue that gets overlooked is the way we charge our phones.

Keep in mind that all mobile devices are using LiOn or LiPo batteries regardless of brand. Follow the tips below to ensure you keep a long lasting battery and one that stays far away from the ones that happen to fail or much worst, explode.

  1. You can start using your battery right away. There is no need to charge device before use. Nickel based batteries had a memory condition that needed to be set, or new batteries do not have any memory in them.

2. Using the battery till it is close to 0% consistently will damage the battery. Start to charge the battery when it gets to 30%. Lithium ion batteries become unstable when they get too low and can swell or explode, due to loss of the circuit protector in the battery.

3. Charging the battery to 100% wears down the overall life of the battery. You should remove the charger when the battery gets to 90%.

4. It is best to charge the device with it turned off.

5. Once a month you should do a full charge to 100% and let the battery drain till 0% for battery calibration.

6. Partial charges do not harm the battery.

7. Keep the battery cool. Batteries can lose overall cycle life when exposed to too much heat.

 

Lithium Polymer batteries are more popular than Lithium Ion because the Polymer batters are able to be shaped and fit better within phones. The ion batteries need to be kept in a square box shape inside our phones and limit designs.

So we hope we were able to debunk some of the top myths about the batteries in our phones. Let us know in the comments, how many of these practices are you currently doing?

If you guys want more in-depth information on the battery tech, be sure to check out the Battery University (Click Here)

Keron Mcleish

Keron McLeish is the owner of Droid Island and has over 10+ years of international experience working for some of the biggest brands in mobile such as Apple, Telus, and Rogers. He is located in Trinidad and Tobago and is a trusted mobile expert in the region. In his off time, he can be found shooting airballs on the basketball court or eating a bake and shark on the beach.

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