October 24, 2016

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Here’s a few myths about batteries that need to be busted

There are a lot of basic and simple things in our lives we tend to overlook, assuming we have the basics down and understood. Technology moves at a blinding speed in a world where a smartphone can be considered ancient after only two years of existence. But the use of batteries will remain. Their function and effect will continue to be in use so it’s important to get a few things clear and out of the way. We take a look at a few common myths about batteries in our devices.

Myth #1: Leaving your device plugged in will overcharge the battery

There was once a time this might have been a problem, but not anymore. Nowadays, most smartphones, laptops, AA or AAA chargers know when to stop charging, doesn’t matter if the light stays lit or not. Just because it’s fully charged, doesn’t mean it will overheat or drain the battery. The charge will remain at 100% for quite some time, until it drops back down to a couple of percentages. In turn, it’ll resume charging back to 100.

Myth #2: You should charge your device once it’s completely at 0%

Oh, boy, is this one a big false. As technology advances, your devices are set to be in a specific safe mode. When you see that dreaded 0% in red, your device still has some charge left. This is when you try to hook it up to a charger, it stays on long enough to begin charging. Plain and simple, if you keep dropping your devices to 0%, it will have a significant effect on your battery’s lifespan. Best time to charge? When it drops to 10% or even 5%, but the former is a safer route.

Myth #3: Store batteries in the refrigerator to avoid overheating and to keep its longevity

There’s a dangerous myth if we’ve ever heard one. Placing batteries in extreme temperatures for long periods of time is never a good idea. No matter what kind of battery you have, any kind of imbalance of the chemicals inside the battery should never be tampered with. If you upset the balance of the chemicals, the consequences will not be pretty. But if you’re actually wanting to maximise the battery life, you should store them in rooms of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 – 78 degrees Fahrenheit). You’ll get about five to 10 years of shelf life on standard batteries and 10 to 15 years for lithium batteries.

But why does your smartphone tend to lose its efficiency after two years of use? The reason your phone (whatever the brand may be) doesn’t perform as well is because the more you use the battery, the more its efficiency is reduced significantly. Unfortunately, technology hasn’t taken us too far in the battery longevity department. Then again, after two years, you’ll most likely end up getting yourself a new phone and swapping out the old one.

Battery tip: It is advised that once your laptop has been fully charged, you should unplug the adapter and continue using the device with the battery itself.

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