Christmas time always leads to an increase in the number of users approaching smartphones or tablets Android. These dates are used by many to venture into the Android world and meet a lot of unknowns concerning the operation of your new device.
The battery is perhaps the weakest of the edge devices, especially in the point smartphones, because depending on the terminal to get to the end of the day may be a chimera. One of the main concerns of users, both novices and veterans, It is like maintaining maximum battery life and know what are the steps to follow for maintaining maximum life and enjoy our battery for as long as possible.
In this special article looks in more depth the operation of the lithium battery fitted with the latest generation devices and we will give you some guidelines to maximize their autonomy and extend its life. Do we accompany you?
Myths and urban legends about Lithium
For many years those used in electronic devices type batteries were nickel-cadmium or nickel metal hydride. These types of batteries have some very different characteristics of current lithium batteries and care required certain techniques that are not needed in current lithium batteries. In fact many of these techniques to care for nickel batteries applied to the lithium battery are highly harmful to latter. We banish some myths and urban legends concerning lithium batteries inherited from the nickel batteries:
- Lithium batteries have no memory indeed.
- No need to charge and discharge the battery as it does not suffer from memory effect. In fact the complete charge and discharge are harmful as we shall see.
- No need for a full load of several hours before using for the first time.
- Leaving the device on charge overnight does not reduce its life.
Care to continue to extend the life of lithium batteries
As I mentioned in the previous section, many of care focused on improving the life of the Nickel counterproductive in lithium batteries. Then we will give you some tips that will allow you to extend the life of your battery fully, may reach 1,500 charge cycles.
- Never let the battery completely spent. Dropping the load until the minimum is the most damaging thing you can do to a lithium battery.
- Following the previous point, you should not drop the load never below 15%.
- You may have noticed that the last part of the battery charge is much slower, especially from 90%, and Lithium batteries are heated when the last stretch of charge. Most manufacturers calibrate the battery for our device indicates 100% when in fact the battery has reached 90% capacity to avoid overheating.
- It is not recommended that you charge the battery by connecting the USB device to a laptop for example. The current that provides a USB 2.0 port is 500mA and USB 3.0 900 mA, while the majority of Chargers officers of current smartphones provide more than 1A and tablet boots are around the 2A. Charging the battery via a USB port of a laptop or other device will make loading slower.
- The batteries do not get along with the high temperatures. Never leave your device in a car in the sun in summer or take it skiing in winter.
- You can put to charge the battery of your device at night before bed and unplug it in the morning without problems. Modern batteries incorporate a control circuit that cuts power when charging is complete to avoid overheating the battery.
- If you’re storing a device and you’re going to use it for an extended period of time leaves the battery charged to 40%.
- If you want to extend the maximum lifespan of your battery so you can always keep the load between 30% and 80%. Try to always avoid extremes of load, both above and below.
- If you make heavy use of your device, you should calibrate at least once a month the battery. For this all you have to do is to let the battery fully discharged, do not use the device for about five or six hours and finally put it to charge until fully charged. Once loaded, keep the charger connected for a couple of hours and thereafter can reuse.
- It is advisable to vary the rate at which we refresh our battery. No need to drop the load always up to 20% for example.
- Try not to use your phone while the charger is plugged. This raises the temperature of the battery shorter life.
Increase the autonomy of your phone
There is no way to increase the autonomy of our devices without suffering any side effects. All applications or methods that help us extend the autonomy somehow cut terminal functions and therefore the user experience. Whether lowering the frequency synchronization applications, lowering the processor frequency, reducing the screen brightness and turning off the location, all these actions have a negative impact on the user experience.
Our responsibility then lies in finding a balance between battery life and features offered by our device. In Andro4all and we made a video in which we analyze the main tricks to save battery. If you are interested in increasing the autonomy of your battery fully invite you to see the video carefully and put into practice the advice it counted.