Load cell in the right way: errors to avoid


Published on Apr 21, 2017


The iPhone or Android smartphones suffer from almost all of the a defect that sometimes makes us regret the old mobile phones: the duration poor quality of the battery. Are very few smartphones capable of bringing us up in the evening with an intense use of our device, as gone are the days of the Nokia 3310 that was enough on a single charge to be affixed for almost a week.

Unfortunately, things are not so, and rarely fail to see smartphones that are successful with their battery to overcome the two days of average use intense. In this post we will discuss how to increase the autonomy of your phones and to avoid that they turn off too soon, we have already deepened that topic:

Today we will explain you the best way to treat your battery to avoid damages too soon requiring you to purchase a new battery, or even in devices where it is not removable to an expensive repair. In this post also sfateremo some of the myths that still run and are likely to bring you in the long run to ruin your battery.

First to answer all of your questions it is well to explain that all current smartphones have lithium-ion batteries (Li-ion) battery.

The batteries that come with our smartphones are designed and tested to ensure that approximately two years or a maximum of two and a half years of operation. Speaking of efficiency, instead, it begins to decline from the time of the manufacture of about 20% a year regardless of the number of cycles of loading/ unloading (so regardless of whether you use).

The technology of lithium batteries has not only disadvantages, it has arrived in our pockets after 30 years of development and has allowed thanks to the higher charge density to create a battery more spacious and lighter than previous batteries Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), also those lithium batteries have no memory effect unlike the previous solutions.

So we can already debunk a myth, discharge it completely and recharge, or wait for the smartphone to be fully discharged before recharging, does not completely works with these batteries (which, actually, are suffering and are likely to break when the battery charge is low! If you wait until your smartphone is completely discharged before charging again you are damaging your battery and surely diminish performance, and could be done in the duration.

Today, it is recommended to charge your smartphone when you need it, maybe to avoid that the battery drop below 15% charge. All modern smartphones will extinguish before consuming all the battery to prevent it from damaging it irreparably. Therefore, it is recommended to maximise the life of the battery, recharge it for short intervals, and when the battery is fully charged and immediately start to use your device.

When preserved the old smartphone, it is strongly recommended to recharge the battery about halfway before, so that they do not spoil during the period of inactivity. The 50 % is the charge with which the natural deterioration is slower at all temperatures. Never store a lithium battery discharged, as it tends to discharge through the charging circuit even when not being used, then likely to get completely to zero, and break.

For reasons of precaution it is recommended to charge a new mobile phone to 100% at least for the first time (this is called initialization), even if in fact now smartphones are in the box already half-load (to decrease the deterioration of the battery) and also in the service manual, this indication is gone disappearing. It is true that the autonomy offered by the battery stabilizes after the first few charge cycles, so, if you can, try to get it to fully load at least the first few times.

If the autonomy after the first refill and does not stabilize and declines rapidly from 100% to 70%, you may try to repeat the initialization: just bring your battery at 10% charge remaining, and then turn off the smartphone and put it in charge for 5 – 6 hours. If this does not resolve the problem, your battery may be defective and agrees that, go to the shop where you purchase and use your right of withdrawal or replacement.

The answer is yes, the lithium batteries are designed to operate at temperatures between 15 and 35°C . The batteries suffer greatly in the heat, also most of the human beings. So if you use your smartphone under the summer sun, and is so hot that it burns your hands, it is likely that you are giving a sound blow to the life expectancy of your battery. Then to preserve the battery, remember not to hold your smartphone a long time in an environment that is too hot (an example is the machine in the summer, under the sun), it is also advisable to check also that your a protection cover to allow a proper dissipation of the heat that, of course, your smartphone produces during its operation.

The cold is less of a problem for the batteries, in fact the fridge is the best place to store them, the low-temperature decrease is very the natural deterioration. And in any case we suggest not to use the batteries at extreme temperatures, to -40 °C the battery will freeze and the crystals could damage the delicate circuits of the battery.

The answer is partly yes, as said and as you can see from the table that I have inserted above: the deterioration is much faster when the battery is over 50% charged. Then keep the phone constantly on charge is not for nothing good for your own battery, original accessories usually have dedicated circuits that disconnect the process of charging to 100% and expect that the battery will discharge a bit before resuming.

For this it is not advisable to use charging batteries that are not original: in the long run can seriously damage your battery.

The correct answer is maybe, as there are many causes that can bring your battery to discharge prematurely and accelerated. The most frequent cause is some application that keeps you constantly active, the phone takes a lot of battery, we suggest you do a reset of the device before you think about replacing the battery. If the problem was software, your autonomy will return to normal, however, if the problem was the battery you'll have to replace it.

Our article about how to properly load on a mobile phone and how to preserve the battery life came to an end, we hope you have been able to respond to the questions that often put on the theme. If you have more, or want clarification, maybe by telling us your experiences to share, please do not hesitate to leave us a comment.

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