A Guide to Cell Phone Batteries

More and more people rely on their cell phones every day. A 2005 University of Michigan study found that 83% thought that using cell phones made life easier – and they chose this over the internet. While we all use our cell phones for talking, texting and even surfing the web, chances are you haven’t given much thought to the little unit that powers your cell phone – the cell phone battery.

If you’re interested in learning more about cell phone batteries, this article is for you. Specifically we’ll discuss the history of mobile phone batteries, battery life expectancy and a few facts about talk time and standby time. By the end of this article you’ll have a better understanding of your cellular battery.

History of Cell Phone Batteries
Cellular batteries have constantly evolved to become smaller, better performing, lighter and more friendly to the environment. Early cell phones had huge NiCad batteries.

These evolved to the NiMH batteries which had better performance. The latest in the line of cellular batteries is the Lithium-ion battery which has the best performance and is also the smallest type of mobile phone battery on the market.

Mobile Phone Life Expectancy
Most cellular batteries last about 1 to 2 years, or 300-500 charging cycles. People who charge their phone every day are likely to see a shorter lifespan of 12-16 months. Charging your phone every other day or every 2-3 days will increase the longevity to 2 to 3 years. The best way to increase your phone’s life expectancy is to follow the manufacturers guidelines about the initial charging routine. Try not to expose your phone to extreme heat or cold. Let your battery completely discharge before recharging it again every few months.

Talk and Standby Time
When you look at the manufacturer’s guidelines for talk and standby time, it’s important to remember that these are “best case” numbers. They are also “either/or” not “and” figures. For example, if the label reads 250 minutes of talk time and 200 hours of standby time, figure that this means 250 minutes of talk time OR 200 hours of standby time, but not both. Both the figures the manufacturer states also only factor in talking on the phone. The figures do not include dialing, receiving calls, changing settings or powering the phone on or off.

If you rely heavily on your mobile phone, it’s a good idea to understand as much as you can about the cell phone battery that powers it. With the information in this article you should have a better understanding of the history of cell phones, their life expectancy and talk and standby time expectations.