For all the convenience that our laptops and smartphones have brought to our lives, they still have one major flaw: their battery life. In fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that most of our electronic devices get replaced due to their less-than-ideal battery life. It is a reality of the lithium-ion batteries that power these consumer electronics and it is something that we have to live with. However, if you are to take Eric Limer‘s advice then you can definitely get the most out of your gadget’s battery.
In most of the batteries, the current is generated by the movement of between anode and cathode (also called electrodes) and that is exactly what happens in a lithium-ion battery. When you plug in your device, the flow of the charges is reversed and the battery stores energy to be used later. So what should you do to make sure that the battery remains healthy over long periods of use? Limer suggests that the optimal range of charging the battery is between 40 and 80 percent. What that means is that you should plug in your mobile or laptop once it reaches 40 percent charge and then top it up to just 80%.
One of the worst enemies of lithium-ion batteries is temperature. They perform the best when they are used between a temperature range of 16 to 22 degree Celsius (62 to 72 degrees F). Once the thermometer hits 35 degree Celsius, the battery will degrade at a rapid rate.
Going from 0 to 100 percent charge and then from 100 percent to 0 is one of the things that you should never do. Even though lithium-ion batteries measure their charging cycles(one charging cycle means fully charging your battery and then completely discharging it) differently from the old nickel cadmium batteries, going from 0 to 100 can put a real strain on the battery of your gadget.
Degradation of battery life is inevitable. Until more advanced batteries are developed, the best you can do is to adhere to the best practices of charging and discharging so your device lasts longer.