Battery Advice - Do’s & Don’ts
Most electronic devices nowadays such as mobile phones, tablets, smart watches, laptops are fitted with a lithium ion battery (Li-ion), which is a type of rechargeable battery. The lifespan of these batteries are not calculated in time but calculated in ”charge cycles” and most Li-ion batteries are designed to last around 500-1500 times before they become deteriorated and need replacing. There are many other factors to take into consideration when measuring the battery lifespan, such as ambient temperatures, what’s being used to charge it, how many times it’s being charged and so on. The more you charge the battery, the quicker it will deteriorate.
“Battery lifespan” is the amount of time your battery lasts before it needs to be replaced. “Battery life” is the amount of time your device runs until it needs to be recharged.
Here are some tips on how to look after your devices battery, to maximise the battery life span and battery life:
1) Turn down the brightness on the screen or even better, use the auto brightness function if you can. The higher the brightness, the more power the device will use.
2) Use WiFi instead of mobile data. Using a WiFi connection uses less power than a cellular network.
3) Most phones and tablets have a “low power mode". This can be handy, especially when you’re in a situation where you’re unable to charge the device. It will allow the battery to last that little bit longer before it needs to be recharged.
4) Avoid extreme temperatures of hot and cold. If your device gets very hot or cold, it can strain the battery and shorten its lifespan.
5) Avoid “fast charging”. Try to fast charge your device as little as possible. Although it’s great to charge that phone up quicker, it puts stress on the battery and will have a negative affect. The slower you charge the battery, the better.
6) Don’t use your device whilst it’s on charge. When doing this, you are trying to charge the battery and drain it at the same time. Although it will still charge, we advice not to do this.
7) Always use the genuine charger and charging lead. We always recommend to do this, as there is a big difference e.g. an £18 Apple lead vs a £2.99 eBay special! They may look the same but inside it's different. The cheap non-genuine leads not only will wear quicker but in some cases, they can cause the phone to overcharge and blow the charging ic on the motherboard. If this happens, the phone will no longer charge and you’ll be forking out around £80 to have this repaired. They can also cause damage to the battery and cause “syncing” problems. The only exception is the decent branded cables like Belkin etc that are MFi Certified, but they aren’t usually much cheaper than the Apple ones.
If you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We can replace the battery in your device, whether it’s a Mobile Phone, Tablet, Apple iWatch or a MacBook. All repairs come with a guarantee, we only ever use the best quality parts available and we have years of experience handling with valuable Tech.