We’ve all been there, looking for the nearest plug socket in a restaurant, bar and even the airport when our devices have used every last drop of juice left.
What causes phone, laptop and tablet batteries to die isn’t necessarily down to the charger or down to the fact you’re using the device so much it’s practically glued to your hand…
Here are some of the reasons you might find your devices start to struggle. It could be one, or all of the reasons.
Your devices have a finite number of times they can be changed. Just like a digital camera which also has a certain number of photos it can take before it wears out. Your average iPhone battery will last between 300-500 battery charges before its charge capacity is reduced to 80% of its original ability. It will of cause begin to decrease slowly over time, and if you do the maths that’s around 2000 charges you will get out of a battery before it’s totally dead. Although, as your battery wears out it will last for fewer hours/minutes each time.
When you’re charging a device; whether it’s a phone, laptop or tablet its best to ensure it’s always charged to 100%. We can’t be sure if a partial charge is considered as part of the charge cycle but it creates heat and energy so it does wear down the battery in the same way as a normal charge. It also means you don’t get as much battery for the damage you do!
It’s also advised not to leave your laptop or phone plugged in when it’s fully charged. Unfortunately, most people leave their mobile and laptop plugged in overnight; which means currents are passing through the battery for a long period of time. By doing this you will eventually start causing the battery to corrode.
Our best advice is to charge your device on aeroplane mode for an hour in the morning. Once your alarm has gone off, plug it in. By the time you’ve had breakfast, showered and got ready for the day your device should be charged.
For laptops, it’s best to plug it in while you’re working. Don’t leave it plugged in indefinitely though; it will mean that the battery life is poor when you eventually need it.
It might seem like a gimmick when the phone companies get you to buy their cables when yours has gone missing, but it’s potentially dangerous not to. Cables and plugs can pass different levels of electricity through to your device. If a cable gives your phone/laptop extra electricity, it may charge faster but cause damage to the battery.
It’s less common to use the wrong charger for a laptop as the slots vary in size, but it’s always wise to use the correct brand and type.
If your phone battery or laptop battery is dead and it’s time to get an upgrade, you can recycle it with Cash in Your Gadgets.