There’s nothing more annoying than having the cell phone die out on you mid conversation. We’ve all been there I’m sure. The little battery indicator seems to be on full charge for ages then drops off the display all of a sudden. It’s a bit like the fuel gage on a car. The only difference is that car can get topped up at the next fuel stop whereas we have to wait for the phone’s battery to recharge. Have you ever wondered why some cell phone batteries live longer than others? Quiet often it’s about how you care for and maintain your battery.
I’ve outlined a few recommendations below on how to get the most out of your cell phone battery. If you follow these suggestions, you will get more life out of your mobile. But first, let’s just take a quick look at the average life of a cell phone battery.
Of course, all batteries are as different as the phones they come with, but they are all pretty much the same when it comes to power. An average life expectancy for a cell phone battery which is properly taken care of, can last anything between 350-400 full charge cycles. What this means is that if you find it necessary to re-charge your mobile daily, then you should expect to get anything from 12 to 14 months of good usage. After this time you should expect to see the battery deteriorate. You will notice this by the life cycle of the charge. It will begin to lose its power much quicker over time.
If you don’t use your mobile quite as frequently as above, and therefore only need to recharge it every 2 or 3 days, you could see the life or your battery exceed to 2 years or more.
Suggestions: The most important way to get the most out of your cell phone is to follow the manufacturers charging instructions that come with the device. If you ignore these, then not only will your battery have a shorter life expectancy, but it’ll lose its charge quicker too, so remember to follow the initial charging instructions exactly as they are laid out in the owners manual. Usually they recommend you allow the battery to completely loose all of its charge before that first recharge, but as I said, check the specific instructions that come with your particular phone.
Extreme changes in temperature can also deteriorate the life of your cell phone battery. In fact, one of the quickest ways to weaken it is to leave it in the car during extreme weather conditions. That goes for hot as well as cold weather. Another mistake many folks make is to leave their phone plugged into the car’s charger at all times. What this means is that every time you restart the motor, your phone starts a charge cycle unnecessarily and that’s a waste of a charge cycle. Remember, cell phone batteries only have so many charge cycles before they begin to deteriorate.
On the flip side of the above, your battery could also deteriorate if you don’t charge it often enough. If you are an occasional user, it’s not a good idea to let it keep losing all of its charge too often. You could find that it fails to recharge properly when you most need it.
To summarize then: Follow the instructions in the manufactures manual ‘specifically’ with regards to the initial charging procedure of your cell phone battery. Don’t leave the phone plugged into the car’s charger when it doesn’t need charging. Don’t expose your phone to extreme temperatures for too long (in other words, don’t leave it outside or in a car), and don’t let it lose its full charge too often.