All You Need To Know About Your Smartphone Battery
The greatest component of any smart phone is the battery, which literally brings the device to life. One of the most popular and rechargeable type is the Lithium ion batteries (Li-ion).
In the layman’s term, in that tiny little cell, a chemical reaction occurs, which comprises of components like the anode, the cathode and the electrolyte. The materials that are used for the three components tend to determine the characteristics and the efficient capacity of the battery.
To explain it scientifically, Carbon aka Graphite is used for the anode and the Lithium ions act as the cation that travel from the anode to cathode during the process of oxidation, an electro-chemical reaction that allows the battery to store and circulate energy. This, then combined with an organic solvent, an electrolyte that is again a combination of lithium salts; produces the desired results of determining the battery’s performance.
Lithium being a highly reactive element is typically the reason behind the high energy density of the battery and thus, unlike the standard alkaline batteries generates a voltage of about 3.6Volts that is equipped to handle multiple discharge cycles and does not have to be completely drained to be recharged.
Every electronic device or gadget has a shelf life. It cannot be accurately determined after how much period of time it will begin to deteriorate, but the process can definitely be elongated. Although constructed with safety measures to automatically switch off when charged to the maximal and limit the voltage while charging to ensure that it doesn’t get too heated up; the Li-ion batteries begin to develop an internal resistance that over a period of time begins to drain the battery life.
Here are a few useful hacks to help support the battery life of your smart phone.
- First and foremost, avoid using phony charges that can cause instant damage to the batteries.
- Try to adapt the system of multiple charges rather than charging the entire 100% at one go.
- Avoid waiting until the battery enters into danger zone or is completely discharged.
- As an when possible, use the PC USB chargers instead of directly plugging into a socket.
Picture courtesy- forbes.com and wikipedia.org
by techtalks @TechTalks October 19, 2015 9:07 AM UTC