With cell phone use exploding year by year most users are finding the number of calls they are making from landlines shrinking at the same pace. This means more wear and tear on you cell phone and it’s battery. Below are some simple tips to keep in mind which will help you prolong your batteries carrying a charge.
1. Always make sure you purchase a new battery. Many vendors are selling reconditioned batteries. These will never be as good as starting with a new battery. Where ever possible look for original factory packaging. Don’t accept batteries that are handed to you loose unless you are in a situation where you are knowingly buying reconditioned merchandise and getting a discount because of it.
2. When charging your battery for the first time keep it charging for at least 6 hours. This applies to lithium – ion batteries which are pretty much standard for new phones. If you get a never charged nickel based battery, check your phones specs if you’re not sure which you have, charge it for at least 18 hours. During the initialization process your phone will tell you the battery is fully charged. It is charged enough to make calls but to reach peak capacity you want a full charge the first time.
3. Turn off your vibrate function only using it when the ringer is not on. Only use vibrate for times when you don’t want your phone actually ringing. Nothing eats up power faster than a vibrating phone.
4. Turn your phone off when you aren’t going to be using it or answering it. Going to the movies, a play or the gym . Just turn your phone off. Same for sleeping at night.
5. Keep functions that you’re not using turned off. This includes blue tooth, GPS and taking numerous unneeded pictures.
6. If you wont being using a phone for awhile fully charge the battery, take it out of the phone, put it in a Zip lock bag and place it in your refrigerator. While your battery wont eventually gradually disintegrate this will slow the process down. This is a super thing to do when you buy a new phone but want to keep your old one as a backup. When you decide to reuse the battery let it sit out at room temperature for couple of hours before putting it back into the phone. If you find yourself putting more than one battery in the fridge make sure to label the bag as to what phone the battery belongs.
7. Make sure you are using the correct charger. Sometimes over time a charger will cause a battery to heat up. If the battery is very hot to the touch when recharging you may have charger issues. Heat is never a good idea for any battery type.
8. Which brings us to keep your battery away from heat. heading out to the beach keep your phone in a bag. Never leave your phone sitting in your car on a sunny day. Heat will degrade a batteries life very quickly.