Whether it’s the laptop battery or the new smartphone: the life of the modern built-in lithium-ion battery deteriorates over time. If you want to counteract this process, there are some tips you can use to save batteries.
5 tips to save battery
1. Avoid temperatures that are too high and too low.
Is a smartphone or laptop exposed to too high or too low temperatures? especially while charging? the battery also suffers. Extreme temperatures have a negative impact on battery life. As a guide: Do not charge the battery outside the range of 10 to 35 ° C. Limit extreme values to prolong battery life. Charging below 0 ° C is particularly beneficial for the metallic coating of the battery anode. Simply put, this means that an internal short circuit can develop which generates heat and makes the battery unstable and unsafe. New chargers these days already have sensors to measure battery temperature to ensure that charging does not occur in extreme temperatures.
In short, you should minimize the use of batteries outside of recommended ambient temperatures. Charging at high and low temperatures in particular will damage your battery.
2. Avoid charge levels below 20 percent and above 80 percent.
Modern lithium ion batteries don’t like it when they are overcharged or discharged too empty. Ideally, your battery charge level should not be below 20 percent or above 80 percent. The following applies in particular to smartphones: it is better to refrain from charging overnight and disconnect the mobile phone from the power at night. The battery level drops a small percentage and starts over. This permanently damages the battery. Our advice: it is better to charge your smartphone before sleeping, activate airplane mode and close all applications. Therefore, its battery consumes hardly any power during the night and the alarm clock still goes off the next morning.
But even here there is not always a serious cause for concern: if you have a modern charger for your iPhone or Android phone, the charging process stops automatically when it is fully charged.
3. Avoid fast loading and unloading.
Fast chargers may seem convenient, but high currents heat up and degrade the battery more quickly than trickle charging with electricity.
4. Update your device to the latest software.
Software updates for iOS, Android, or even Windows 10 often contain advanced power-saving technologies to achieve longer battery life. Therefore, always make sure that your device has the latest software version.
5. Store the battery in cool temperatures.
If the smartphone battery is not used for a long period of time, we recommend that you store it in a cool place. If possible, remove the battery from the cell phone or laptop with a battery level of around 50%. The reason for this is that a completely discharged battery falls into a deep discharge state during storage. As a result, it may no longer be able to charge. Conversely, if you store the battery fully charged for a long period of time, it may lose some of its capacity, reducing battery life. Store the device or battery in a cool, low-humidity environment.