We now live in a world where we depend so much on our portable electronics. When we eat breakfast, lunch or dinner we occasionally (maybe more often than we should) check emails, browse the internet, run apps on our smart phones whether it’s an iphone, Android, Blackberries, and the likes. At bedtime, we reach for our ipad or other tablets we may own and do the same thing we did on our smart phones at dinner plus maybe pay bills online or practically anything we want to do online in addition to watching a show on our HD TV.
Wikipedia defines lithium-ion battery as a family of rechargeable types in which “lithium ions” move from the negative electrode to the positive electrode during discharge, and back when charging. For the general public who do not have Masters in chemistry and/or physics, do we care? Definitely not. So we usually just plug our devices with lithium ion batteries all the time as much as we can thinking that when we need to unplug we always have full battery capacity.
Surprise, surprise! One of my all time favorite technology companies, Apple, recommends doing a full discharge of your battery and re-charge. Be sure to go through at least a charge cycle monthly for an iphone, ipad, MacBooks and any device that have lithium ion batteries – which means charging the battery to 100% and then completely draining it. This calibrates your battery’s circuitry. If you notice your device battery icon, it displays % usage or hours/minutes left – this is comparable to your car’s fuel gauge. Running your device until the battery is fully drained resets the gauge to 0 and charging the battery from 0 to 100% calibrates your battery.
Batteries are made to be used. I recommend using your device with lithium ion batteries unplugged so you “work out” your batteries. When your gauge is less than 50%, go ahead and plug your device to recharge. In addition, read your device’s user guide. There are tips on care for your batteries. Prudence dictates we need to avoid exposing our batteries to extreme temperatures (hot or cold) and keep it from getting wet. And again don’t forget, do a full charge/full discharge cycle monthly for a healthier, longer lasting battery life!