Best Practices: Preserving battery life

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  • October 16, 2013
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Photo by Paul Hudson

Mobile Phones, Tablets and Laptops are now commonplace in the work environment and are considered essential tools to get the job done. With the ever increasing usage of technology in a mobile setting we rely more on battery power than ever before. Batteries degrade over time with heat and usage, what once was an 9 hour machine could turn into a 2 hour machine in a few years. There are a lot of ideas and bad advice on how to best manage your device batteries floating out there so we at Interface decided it would be best for at least the visitors of our site be best informed in maximizing their battery life. Here are the most major points to take away with you:

1. Heat Kills Battery Life

Batteries operate best when they aren’t too hot or too cold, this allows the proper flow of electrons in the battery cell, anywhere between 50 to 95F is best, any hotter and you risk degrading your battery life. If the battery is being stored it may be stored in a cooler environment.

2. Don’t always have the Battery Fully Charged and Plugged in.

This applies more for laptops than tablets or phones, if you don’t take your device off the charger once in a while than the electrons in the battery aren’t moving and without movement they get stale and your battery over time will hold less charge. Just run the device off the battery at least once a month to keep the battery fresh.

3. Don’t purposefully drain it to 0% all the time

This practice is a remnant of when battery technology was less advanced and had a battery memory issue that no longer exists in today’s battery technology.  Use your device however much you need it off the battery and charge it when you can. It’s better for the battery to be shallowly discharged versus a full discharge to 0%. Your battery only has a certain number of full discharge/recharge cycles built in before it can’t hold a charge anymore.

4. If your battery estimates are not accurate anymore: fully discharge the battery

Sometimes the smart part of the battery gets miscalibrated and will inaccurately report how much time you have left on your battery. To fix this just fully discharge the battery to 0% to re-sync and re-calibrate the battery. After this practice your battery should report accurate times.

5. Store batteries at 50% capacity, not 100% or 0%

If you’re storing your battery it’s best to store the batteries at half charge to preserve as much capacity as possible over time.

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