Usually, mobile devices run on Li-ion or lithium ion batteries. If you device’s battery pops out easily via a receptacle at the back, then it’s easy to replace. Even if the battery is a little expensive, it doesn’t affect the rest of the hardware. But if you use devices like the iPad or an Android tablet, you have a gadget that doesn’t have a detachable battery, and you’re forced to take it to the manufacturer for repair. You may not have your device for a few weeks if they have to open it up and change or fix the battery.
Though a trip to the manufacturer is inevitable, you can avoid it for as long as you can when you try the following tips:
This may be a bit troublesome especially if you’re charging in a café or out of the house, but it’s one way to lessen the heat that charging generates. When heat builds up, it can damage some parts of your device over time. Taking the device out of its protective case when you charge lets you reduce the heat that’s kept inside the device.
You shouldn’t charge your device on something that can trap heat inside it. So the bed and on top of any cloth is bad. This is because textiles don’t allow much heat to escape, and more heat always damages the device.
When you’re not using certain apps like games, virtual office services, messaging and photography services, make sure you go to the task menu to deactivate them. Why? These apps are running in the background whether you see them or not and are consuming resources such as processing power, battery and memory. You can make your device last longer if you only keep the important apps running.
The key to keeping a Li-ion battery in good shape is to keep the electrons moving inside the battery. You can do this by charging the device when it reaches twenty percent (20%) and stopping the charge cycle once it reaches around eighty percent (80%). If the battery is drained, the electrons simply stop moving within the battery. If the battery is charged to full, the electrons cannot move around that much anymore.
If you have an iPad or an Android tablet, then there are apps available that monitor your charging habits and how your battery is charged. Most of them are free and you should use them to take care of your device. If you can’t remember to unplug your device, the app protects it from over charging and slows down the movement of electrons within the battery. Sometimes, you can even see how long your battery lasts with your current usage.
In the end, the key to prolonging your battery’s lifetime is responsible use.