Thirst for Power: Taking Care of Your Device’s Batteries

There’s absolutely no way we’d be able to live the mobile, wireless lives we do today without the humble battery. But while we simply just plug them in at the end of the day or keep them permanently on charge, we might be doing them unknown amounts of damage.


We’re here to educate you on the important art of battery care, so that your devices can stay charged for longer. So let’s make sure that new Lenovo laptop can keep its charge for longer with some easy to follow tips, tricks and knowledge.


It’s safe to say that most devices will be using lithium-ion or lithium polymer batteries, which are more widespread in computers and can also be found in your smartphone and tablet. In terms of laptops, many companies advertise the amount of charging “cycles” their machines have – the amount of times it can be charged from 0 to 100% while keeping its charge; 50-100% being half a cycle. To maximize the cycles, try to start charging your laptop before it gets too low on power and take if off of charge when it gets too high. Experts suggest starting at 40% and stopping at 80% to get up to four times the life from your battery. For more on this, read here. A difficult habit to start but there are major benefits to be had.


These precious cycles can be preserved by simply reducing the amount of power your devices use throughout the day. Squeeze every last minute out of your battery by being conscious of what takes it up. Switch off your Bluetooth and wireless receiver when you’re not using any wireless devices or the Internet and reduce the brightness of your screen when working for long periods. For smartphones turn off your cellular data if you’re using WiFi at your current location. Saving your battery becomes especially important to smartphones as they don’t share the same huge amounts of charge as their ancestors did. Keep location services – which keep tabs of your current location for certain apps – switched off for greater longevity and reduce the amount of apps that give you push notifications. This will mean less searching for new updates and less charge spent on your battery.


Another way to take care of your battery is to try and not let them get too hot. Heat can add greatly to the degradation of batteries, especially in the case of smartphones, where it might be easy to leave in warmer places such as inside cars during the summer or on top of other devices that are charging. At higher temperatures of 70-plus degrees your device could lose up to 20% of its capacity. The opposite of this is also true. Leaving your device in freezing temperatures also puts your battery at risk of losing charge or permanent damage, so for all of you in chillier climates remember to bring in your gizmos out of the cold air. Around 30 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal average temperature to ensure maximum efficiency from your batteries.



Ella Mason, an experienced freelance writer, wrote this article. Ella specialises in providing useful and engaging advice to small businesses. Follow her on Twitter @ellatmason



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