Cell Phone Battery FAQ
Cell Phone Battery Questions
Cell phones have become an essential part of everyday life. Having a reliable battery is equally important. Many cell phone users complain about how fast their battery dies. Simple charging techniques can give you the most out of your cell phone battery. If you need to replace your cell phone battery, AtBatt carries a large inventory of OEM and replacement batteries. There are a few helpful hints in this article to assist you in getting the longest possible life out of your cell phones battery.
New Battery Charging
It is recommended to charge your new cell phone battery before using it. Eight hours or overnight is sufficient time to ensure that the battery charges fully for the first use.
After that, there is no reconditioning necessary for Li-ion batteries since they don’t suffer from the “memory effect.” The only time you should ever intentionally fully discharge a Li-ion battery is if your phone is not reading the battery or does not read the discharge percent properly.
Maintaining a Cell Phone Battery
A lithium ion cell phone battery will lose its charge more quickly if it is completely drained every time. Recharging the battery too often from a low percent or after it dies will make the battery do more work and lower its life expectancy. An occasional full discharge is okay. As a general rule of thumb, charge your cell phone when your phone is 20 to 40 percent full.
If you are able to download applications to your cell phone; we suggest taking advantage of phone applications that allow you to monitor your phone battery. Depending on the application; they will allow you to monitor remaining battery life, statistics of battery usage, power save features and remaining charge or usage time. Some cell phones have all or select battery features built in. Check your user manual or cell phone provider if you need assistance with your phone or applications.(Note: Picture is of an iPhone 4s with the Battery Life Pro – All-IN-1 application)
If you have an older cell phone model with a NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) battery, it is best to allow the battery to completely drain before charging it again. If the battery reaches low charge levels, and you are not near an outlet to charge your cells phone battery, we suggest a portable power bank. Power Banks are a convenient battery pack that plugs into your phone and recharges the battery while you are on the go.
Lifespan of a Cell Phone Battery
When used properly, a cell phone battery lasts between 200 and 400 full cycles. A full cycle is a complete discharge and recharge. Depending on the user, this is between one and two years. Lithium Ion batteries may not show a gradual decline, like other chemistries, instead they choose to just fail.
Extending Cell Phone Battery Standby and Talk Time
Here are some tips to reduce cellular battery consumption, thus allowing more standby and talk time between charges.
- Kill applications that are not in use. Apps running in that background can consume battery power.
- Never leave your cell phone close to a heat source or in a vehicle on hot days
- Turn off keyboard click sounds
- Use a ringtone instead of vibration mode whenever possible. More energy is used for the phone to vibrate than to ring.
- If you are not using the WiFi turn it off
- Lowering the default brightness will give your battery a boost
Standby and Talk Time
Standby time: Standby time is when the phone is ON, but not in use. Standby times vary from phone to phone and are dependent on the type of battery (NiCD, NiMH, Li-Ion), type of phone, and individual charging habits.
Talk time: Talk time is when the phone is in use. Again, talk times vary based on the battery, phone, and charging habits.