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Best ways to treat and discard smartphone batteries

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Best ways to treat and discard smartphone batteries
Every smartphone has a battery, and every battery will eventually die. Before that happens, you should learn how to store and discard smartphone batteries so you can keep yourself and the environment safe. Whether you're trying to save money by prolonging your battery's life or you want to save the planet by keeping nasty chemicals out of the ground, you have to know the smart ways to store and discard your smartphone batteries. Here are a few useful tips!

DJ Miller is a gadget geek with a passion for writing. He focuses on technology content from prepaid cell phones all the way to video games or applications. He loves to play soccer, hang out with his friends, and watch movies in his spare time.

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posted on 21 Jan 2013, 05:29 6

1. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

There is one thing I didn't know
Very useful information

Thx PA

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 06:28

2. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Contradicting tips all over the net. Read somewhere that charging the batteries upto ~70-80% is best and that the US army practises this for all their electronic equipments.

Also, do NOT store the phone, unused, with the battery inside over a long duration of time. This severely damages the battery life. Learnt it the hard way.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 09:33

4. donfem (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Because the net is not always the best place for authentic news. one thing I realized is that charging the phone all night is not good as it damages the battery. However, Some seem to suggest that. Whatever, one believes in, be honest about the outcome by stating the facts.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 13:16

7. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Depends though. Apple devices and my HTC Rezound have trickle charging and when it's full, after a while it'll stop charging and allow the battery to use itself a bit before charging back up.

Same goes for the MacBooks I've had.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 08:49 2

3. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

They forgot about the airplane mode. minimized battery consumption with no need to wait for your phone to turn on

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 12:12 1

5. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

No need for that, most smart phones these days boot up in less that 30 seconds. Droid DNA is freakishly fast with fast boot enabled.
Not sure about turning off 4G as phones these days don't actually have a toggle for 3G, 4G anymore. WiFi consumes less power than 4G LTE, supposedly because LTE is still one power hungry beast and WiFi has been around for a long, long time. I keep my phone on WiFi most of the time as it survives pretty long, but once 4G comes on it' readily apparent that it consumes a great deal more power when you use data.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 13:19

8. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

After updating to ICS my Rezound still has the toggle for 3G/ 4G in the network settings. Maybe it's buried on new phones or it's probably found on HTC sets, though I remember toggling the Motorola Droid Razr M using its settings.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 14:21 1

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

DNA doesn't even have the option to disable 4G at all even though it copies it's settings layout from the Galaxy S3 phones. What a strange thing to hide from users, considering the phone switches to 2G,3G on it's own, you can't select 3G only of 4G off.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 19:59

12. metalpoet (unregistered)

the carriers want the 4g on because its a nice little reminder that your phones battery life sucks and youll have that remind for 20 months befroe upgrading to the next big thing in phones and that phone will also have a weka battery life. i know for a fact that half of my customers choose to upgrade their phones simply because their old phones(no matter what tactics they used) doesnt last for s**t on battery life.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 12:46

6. fay99 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

I can't believe charging the battery when it is extremely low is recommended. This will actually make the battery die faster. Your point is true only if you are still using a startac. Don't spread out wrong information.

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 15:14

10. paynekiller (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 May 2010)

Sprint 3G does NOT conserve on battery. 4G Wimax used way less battery, not certain about lte on the SGS3 yet tho since I dont have it, but it is a sure thing that 3G uses up battery just as quickly as my previous 2 phones the SGS 2 and Evo 3G.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 00:50

11. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)

A LOT of misinformation in this article PA, nice going

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