Increase battery life of mobile phones and laptops make them last longer

Increase battery life of mobile phones and laptops make them last longer

Tips and tricks on how to increase battery life of mobile phones and laptops and increasing their work time.

Increase Battery Life
Storage batteries have now become an integral part of every mobile device, may it be cellphone, laptop, iPad, iPod, iPhone, kindle or any electronic gadget which is supposed to work in wire free environment. The energy storage technologies alongside have tremendously increased too. Right from Nickle-Cadmium (Ni-Cad) to Lithium Ion (Li-on), there has been a phenomenal development in the field of Energy density, efficiency and shelf life. But yet still we have not been able to create a battery which may last for at least two decades or more without undergoing energy capacity storage decay. This is where the battery management comes into effect. The following paragraphs will give considerable insights into a little of battery knowledge and tips to maximize battery shelf life.

Nickel Cadmium Battery
Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad) are the most prevalent and rugged type of rechargeable batteries in the market. Ni-Cad batteries perform better in extreme temperatures and can endure approximately 750 charge and discharge cycles. However, they are prone to * memory effect * (cant remember the charge level) when they are not completely discharged after each cycle. These batteries are however being slowly phased out from the market especially from the cell phone market due to the memory effect.

Nickel Metal Hydride Battery
Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) is a more developed product from Ni-Cad batteries. It offers up to 40 percent additional capacity compared to a Ni-Cad battery of equal size. NiMH batteries are not subject to memory effect degradation. These batteries generally have a life expectancy of approximately 400 charge/discharge cycles.

Lithium Ion Battery
Lithium Ion(Li-on) is the newest portable power technology. Li-on is developed to deliver roughly twice the run time of a comparable NiMH battery. Li-on batteries are more expensive, and are available for a very limited number of devices. They must also be charged by a charger designed specifically for Li-on batteries. Li-on technology has a life span same as that of NiMH batteries i.e about 400 charge / discharge cycles and is completely immune to memory effect.

Mobile Phone Battery usage tips
The following tips should help a user increase life of mobile phone batteries and make them last longer for their designated work time.

1) Turn off the mobile phone, it is possibly the most effective and most simple way of conserving battery power. Turn the cell phone off if you do not plan on answering the phone while sleeping or after business hours.

2) Stop searching for a signal, in an area with poor or no signal, the mobile phone will constantly look for a better connection, and will use up all the power in doing so.

3) Switch off the vibrate function on your phone, and use just the ring tone instead. The vibrate function uses up a lot of battery power. Keep the ring tone volume as low as possible.

4) Turn off phones back light. The back light is something which makes the phone easier to read in bright light or outside. However, the light also uses battery power. If one can get by without it, the battery will last longer.

5) Avoid using unnecessary features like flash photography, unnecessary applications running in the background using memory, processing power as well as battery.

6) Keep calls short. If one needs to conserve the battery power then they should limit their talk time.

7) Turn off Bluetooth. It drains cell phones battery very quickly.

8) Turn off Wifi, GPS, and infrared capabilities, if the phone has these features built in, keeping them off will save more power.

9) Use GSM - Using mobile phone in 3G or Dual Mode will drain the battery quicker than expected, just use GSM mode it will maximize work time.

10) Consider the type of cellular phone and technology (analog or digital) one is using. Some phones require less power.

11) Roaming requires more battery usage than using a local network.

12) Antenna efficiency, network efficiency, operating temperature, and proximity to a cellular antenna site will also affect battery consumption.

More tricks involved in increasing the mobile phone battery shelf life are
- Not talking on phone while it is being charged.
- Charging the phone to its full limit as stated in the mobile phone manual before using it.
- Increasing time between recharges.
- Keeping the batteries cool, more hotter the battery gets the more faster it will deplete.
- Removing and storing the batteries in a clean and dry place if they are not meant to be used for longtime.

Laptop Battery Usage Tips Tricks
Laptop users can conserve battery power by using the following tips and tricks.

1) Optimize the power management features provided on the system. Managing the power used by hard drive will save significant amounts of power and will extend usage time.

2) Decrease screen brightness. On color systems, one can save quite a bit of power by changing to less resource consuming mode. black-and-white (monochrome) if possible.

3) Turn off modem if possible. Remove any Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) cards not in use (they consume power consistently).

4) Do not leave the power cell in the system with the AC adapter plugged in unless the system is being charged.

5) Avoid running large amount of applications, they increase processing and so consume more power.

Laptops are mobile devices every technology similar between laptops and mobiles will have the same effect on battery power though different in ratio. Using these tips and tricks one can conserve huge amount of power, extend working time and decrease unproductive usage. How many such tips and tricks can be implemented is solely upon the end user.

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Tips and tricks on how to increase battery life of mobile phones and laptops

Poster: Bumboy
The bit where it says that li-on batteries are not affected by, uh... not knowing how much power it has or something is a lie. Once i turned on my phone one morning after being fully charged said it only had half the battery life.

Poster: Darkwap Admin
Well, BumBoy it seems that there may have been a defect in either the charger or the battery power estimation circuit. Such a recharging problem is expected from any phone which can be more than 6 months old. Mobile phone manufacturers these days are more interested in creating flashy phones without considering much about their lifetime longevity.
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