A Guide On Extending Your Rechargeable Battery Life

Severla people wonder why their rechargeable battery life is shorter than the expected life cycle. While the rechargeable batteries today are already tougher compared to previous versions, they still require correct handling, treatment, and use so that you can get its maximum potential life cycle.

Here are some useful advice on how you can lengthen the rechargeable battery life.

First of all, it is important that you do not overcharge your rechargeable batteries.

First, it is essential that refrain from overcharging your rechargeable batteries. Overcharging can significantly affect the rechargeable battery life. To refrain from overcharging, employ alarm clocks or timers when charging so that you’ll know exactly if it is already time to remove the batteries. One more solution is by utilizing special chargers like trickle chargers and smart chargers which can avert battery damage from overcharging. Overcharging may damage the cells of the rechargeable batteries, causing the condition referred to as voltage depression. When this happens, the battery seems to be drained at pace faster than usual even when it is just charged at a full capacity. A solution to this problem is by letting it undergo one more charge/discharge cycle.

One more great method of extending the rechargeable battery life is by only charging them prior to using them. This is especially appropriate for nickel metal hydrides and nickel cadmiums since these kinds of rechargeable batteries self-discharge even when they are not connected to any gadgets. This way, you don’t exhaust several unnecessary charge/discharge cycles, especially if you do not use the batteries regularly.

This do not apply to lithium-ions as well as low self-discharge nickel metal hydrides due to their very low self-discharge rates.

Additionally, storing nickel metal hydrides and nickel cadmiums in the freezer is recommended if you are not going to use them for an extended period of time since it will maintain 90% of their energy even when stored for months. However, do not forget that you have to cool the batteries to a room temperature prior to using them once more.

Lastly, refrain from fully discharging your rechargeable battery. Contrary to what most people believe, it will not extend the rechargeable battery life as it may actually cause cell damage due to reverse charging. Use full discharge on nickel cadmiums and nickel metal hydrides only if you notice signs of voltage depression. As for lithium-ion batteries, use it for every 30 charge cycles or so on devices that have a fuel gauge (such as laptops), to ensure that the gauge is calibrated and accurate.