One of the most annoying things to happen with computers, tablets, phones and laptop is it running out of battery and usually when you need it the most.
In the past I have heard lots of people say the best thing to do is drain you battery first before using it, or don’t ever let the charge in the battery get less than 50%.
Im sure many of these things use to work int he past, but the battery in most of todays modern device in entirely different from the ones we used in the past.
There is a very good chance that the battery in whatever device you are using now is a Lithium Ion Battery which means not only is it a lot more reliable and better to use, it is also a lot easier to take care of.
What is a Lithium Ion Battery
A lithium Ion Battery, most likely the one on your computer or laptop is part of a family of rechargeable batteries which lithium ions move from the negative electrode to the positive electrode when being used and then reversed again when recharged.
Advantages of Lithium Ion Batteries
The advantages of using a Lithium Ion batteries are many. To start with they have a higerh energy density which is good for future capacity requirements of yet to be invented devices.
When you first get the battery or when it is made all it needs os a normal recharge to start using, it doesn’t need to be excessively charged or kept on for a lot of time.
They are very low maintenance and special batteries and cells can be made for heavy use and large machinery.
Disadvantages of Lithium Ion Batteries
The Disadvantages of Lithium Ion Batteries is they are subject to tighter transport regulations, age effects them and they are more expensive to make and produce.
If you do want to get more use out of an older Lithium Ion Battery storing them in a colder environment can reduce the ageing effect by up to 40%.
What can I do to get the most out of my Lithium Ion Battery
Like I have mentioned earlier Lithium Ion Batteries don’t require a whole lot of taking care of but there a re still a couple of things you can do to prolong the lift of your battery and get the most out of it.
Don’t keep it fully charged
You don’t need to keep your Lithium Ion Battery in your computer or laptop fully charged all the time. They actually perform better only being charged at around 80%. Which means you do not need to leave your laptop hard drive plugged into the wall all the time.
Lithium Ion Batteries actually perform better when they are discharged for a little then chraged again for a little. Never really fully charging it and then constantly taking on and off the charger.
Once a month let it fully discharge
Fully discharging your battery once a month is recommend by manufactured not for the health of the battery but to keep the “How long you battery has to live” calibration calibrated.
Keep it in a cool place
Keeping you Lithium Ion Battery in a cool place and increase the life of it up to 40%. A cooler battery will last almost twice as long as a hot battery. So if you have a laptop and want to increase the life of its battery, you might be better of buying a laptop stand.