Phone Batteries - Latest Knowledge
November 12, 2015 2:59am CST
After a conversation with one of my co-workers and checking around, I was shocked that they are not so updated as far as their batteries inside their mobile smartphones are concern. So, I thought I'd better keep you all updated at the same time. It seems like there already some things that we used to do in the past is no longer impractical or needed any more today as far as the latest smartphones are concern. Here are some useful ones: 1. Charging before first use This is no longer necessary since manufacturers have already prep the phones to have at least 70% battery to allow you to use the phone immediately without charging or having the need to calibrate as with the old nickel cadium batteries. 2. Overcharging risk With the new batteries characteristics, we no longer need to be concern with overcharging if we leave the phone on charge for the entire night. Instead, we are encouraged to charge it as and when it is necessary so that you can use it at optimum charged levels or not run out of "juice". So carry your travel charger around with you at all times since the batteries may run out sooner than as expected during heavy usage. 3. Draining the batteries to optimize lifespan and performance With the new lithium ions this is no longer correct, you can do this may be once every 2 - 3 months at most to "exercise" the batteries but never do it ever too often or you might just end up destroying the battery at the end of the day. 4. Safety first I don't know about you but I have to ask my colleagues to unplug their smartphones when they have an incoming call while charging their phones. I may be a paranoid here but with those fatal accidents happening with iPhone 5, I feel we can always afford to unplug it for a few minutes of chat than risk loosing one's life with the phone still plugged and charging. Check out the article if you still have any other doubts or share some useful tips if you have any. ( Image courtesy of adamr. at FreeDigitalPhotos.net) http://www.cnet.com/how-to/true-or-false-battery-myths-that-need-to-die/
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• Manchester, England
12 Nov 15
When I acquire a new mobile I always make use of it immediately, although I do charge it at the same time. My mobile is left on charge every night and very rarely runs down, but I have no concern in respect of answering a call while on charge.
13 Nov 15
@Asylum You are simply playing with chances even though you may have established facts, Well, let me say here don't say I didn't tell you because I've seen electrocution taking place despite having trip fuses. Your knowledge may be there but there are factors we cannot see or control.
• Bandar Lampung, Indonesia
12 Nov 15
Good tips. In theory you cannot drain completely a Li-Ion battery with a new phone/laptop, as they will shut down before : when a phone tells that it is 0% charged, the battery is still at 10/15%. Like you wrote, draining a Li-Ion battery completely kills the battery. It is also always better to use the original charger than another one : I damaged the battery of an old Samsung mp4 player by using a fast charger (5V 1 A) instead of its own slow charger (5V 200 mA). Apple said that the iPhone 5 exploded because it was not charged with the original Apple charger, and it is not impossible.