Sunday, February 3, 2008

Mobile Phone Batteries-Golden rules for longer battery life

Choosing mobile phone batteries is not as simple a task as it sounds. Mobile phone manufacturers have to keep a lot of factors in mind while choosing mobile phone batteries depending on the location, humidity, weight, size, backup, expected lifecycle of the product, commercial feasibility and environmental impact. There are many different types of mobile phone batteries available from various manufacturers.

The Nickel Cadmium battery is the oldest type, the same as the ones used in cordless phones. There were very cheap but had a pronounced ‘memory effect’ where the battery looses efficiency if not fully discharged and then charged. The Nickel Metal Hydride battery is a better version than the Nickel Cadmium battery and has a lesser ‘memory effect’. The Lithium Ion battery is the most advanced batteries commercially available today. They are free of the ‘memory effect’ and provide a much smaller size, lighter weight with a better talk-time and stand-by time. Comparatively more expensive to manufacture, these batteries are still affordable and extensively used. The Lithium Polymer is the next generation batteries which are rare and very expensive.

There are a few things which you can do to increase the efficiency of your mobile phone batteries. Remove all unnecessary sound effects like key pad tone, reduce the use of vibration alert as it consumes a lot of energy, adjust the timer for the backlight and always use digital mode when in areas where digital signalling is available instead of keeping it at dual mode.

There are three golden rules to protect your mobile phone batteries. Dropping your mobile phone batteries can reduce its efficiency drastically. Mobile phones should be switched off before removing the battery. Avoid high temperature and direct sunlight. These three golden rules are the most basic protection you need to provide in order to safeguard your mobile phone batteries.

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