Tips to Extend the Life of Your Phone Battery
Smartphones seem to get better and better each year. However, the same cannot be said about phone battery technology.
Different types of phone batteries
With the different upgrades our mobile phones go through, it is no surprise that phone batteries get upgraded along with the phone. The higher power the mobile phone, the more energy it consumes, and therefore batteries also need to step up their game. In this article, let us talk about batteries and the different types that juice up our most beloved phones. They might not be talked about very often, but it does not make them of less importance.
How much energy our gadgets- mobile phones and tablets and how long it can be used with a single charge depends on the type and quality of the battery. With the more energy our battery possesses, the bulkier it gets. But if you notice nowadays, mobile phones design gets slimmer and slimmer with every new model that gets released. Does that mean that our phone’s stored energy gets lesser with each slimmer model? Not necessarily as mobile manufacturers consider a trifecta on their battery design- chemical composition, weight, and size.
There are two different types of batteries used by manufacturers on the newer and modern models of mobile phones- the Lithium Polymer and the Lithium-Ion.
1. Lithium Polymer (Li-Poly) Batteries
The Lithium Polymer or Li-Poly is the most up-to-date and innovative technology for mobile phone batteries. These batteries are slim and lightweight and do not suffer memory effect. Memory effect is when rechargeable batteries are not completely cleared or discharged between the charging cycles, therefore as an outcome, the battery “recalls” the shortened cycle and reduces its capacity.
Additionally, Li-Poly delivers up to 40% more battery capacity as compared to the Nickel Metal Hybrid, or otherwise known as the NiMH of the same size. The NiMH is the one used for our cameras.
2. Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Batteries
Compared to the Li-Poly, the Lithium-Ion or the Li-Ion battery is the older mobile battery. This battery might be the older version; however, this is the most prevalent technology for our mobile phone batteries. Furthermore, this type has a higher energy density as compared to the newer Li-Poly. The only hitch really, is that the Li-ion is expensive.
These two types of batteries might have their similarities in chemical composition; however, they differ in their propensity to overheat. Li-Ion batteries have a dynamic protection circuit, which is basically an on-board computer that averts overheating of the battery. Li-Poly batteries, on the other hand, do not need an active protection circuit. This is the reason why manufacturers can make Li-Poly tiny and as compact as a credit card.
Another feature that distinguishes different batteries is its usage pattern - replaceable and non-replaceable. For non-replaceable batteries, the li-ion cell pouch is a sealed bag that holds the layered cathode and anode sheets with separators in between each sheet, and these layers are permeated by a liquid electrolyte. The printed circuit board or the PCB is linked to the positive and negative terminals per cell, and this circuit board provides the active protection of your battery from overcharging, forced charging, or short circuits.
Most of us consumers tend to overlook the specs of our mobile phone batteries. As long as our phones have battery, we are fine. And when we are low battery, either we use a power bank or rely on a phone charging station that our favorite mall usually has.
Facts About Lithium-Ion Batteries
A lithium-ion battery is a rechargeable battery commonly used for mobile phones and other portable electronics. Here are a few facts about these powerful batteries that juice up our beloved and useful mobile phones.
1. Lithium-ion is the most used commonly used form of battery.
The reason for this is because it is so tiny, yet it can store most energy. Lithium-ion batteries are perfect for mobile phones as they are lighter but hold longer battery life.
2. Lithium-ion batteries have a tendency to catch fire.
This may seem dangerous. However, manufacturers have built charge controllers to regulate the flow of electricity. Basically, inside a battery is a small computer preventing the battery from getting discharged too swiftly or to a riskily low level. With this in mind, if you see your battery about to die down, plug it in, whether in the mall or at home. With the numerous phone charging station available at malls and other establishments, you never have to worry.
Tips to extend your phone's battery
There are ways to extend your battery life though. Below are some tips you can try.
1. Check your battery usage.
Find out which programs are draining your battery. This allows you to figure out what you want to do to prevent them from draining so much of your battery's power.
2. Go on Dark mode.
Dark modes are becoming more common. Not only do they cause less strain on your eyes, it also requires less power to illuminate the pixels.
3. Reduce screen brightness.
You won't need your phone turned up to the highest brightness setting most of the time. Turn down the level to save on energy. Disabling auto brightness helps too.
4. Turn vibration off.
Vibration uses more power compared to ring tones. Switch off the vibration mode if you don't really need it.
5. Disable widgets.
Minimize the number of widgets you have on screen. Only retain those that you require information from every day.
6. Avoid fast charging.
Fast charging can stress your battery. If your phone is not fully charged and you need to leave the house, just bring your charger with you or go to the nearest phone charging station.
7. Reduce screen time out.
Don't leave your screen on for too long without using it. Decrease your auto lock or screen time to just 1 minute or less.
8. Turn off radios when not in use.
Radios such as Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and NFC drain your battery. It's best to turn them off when you're not using them.
Until such time that battery technology improves, using these tips will help extend your battery life and help you enjoy using your phone longer too.
Things you should never do to your phone battery
A battery is your mobile phone’s best friend. It gives life to your phone, which is why you should take care of it. Here are a few things that you should never do to your phone to make it last longer.
1. Use your phone for GPS.
GPS uses and drains up a large part of the phone’s battery because it prevents the phone from going into Sleep Mode. Most phones rely on the Sleep Mode to conserve the battery and using your phone as GPS is not helping you prolong your battery life.
2. Using your phone nonstop.
When you use your phone too much, you can notice it feeling uncomfortably hot. This is a sign that you have to put your phone to rest as heat is harmful to your phone and battery.
3. Let the phone go to 0 percent.
Every time you let your phone battery die, you lose one cycle of your battery life. Therefore, you should always charge before it reaches the 10% mark. Luckily for us, a power bank and a phone charging station are available within reach.