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6 tips for getting most from rechargeable Li-Ion batteries

  1. #11

    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player

    Quote Originally Posted by vram View Post
    I've always been told not to use a mobile phone to make calls while charging, never to let the battery fully discharge and to cease charging once it reaches 100%. I'm not really sure what the logic is behind not making calls while charging, but whatever.... I charge my iPhone once it reaches 25~30% and unplug it as soon as its 100%.

    It's a shame flagship phones that cost $700 + don't allow the user to replace the battery. Stupid form over function nonsense.

    This site gets brought up often:

    Basic to Advanced Battery Information from Battery University
    Looks an interesting site - makes me wonder how we ever coped without the interweb .

    I sometimes have to plug in my phone during a call if I've not noticed the battery getting low. It doesn't seem to have caused any problems: my Nokia 1600 is still working well after all these years. It's so old, maybe it too will be worth 700 dollars by now .

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  2. #12

    Posts : 79
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    I think someone told me that you're not supposed to make calls while charging due to voltage instability. Guess it could cause the battery to blow or something.

    I've done it be it before. Probably just nonsense.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 559
    W8.1 x64 and W8.1 Enterprise x86

    Strange to say that I right clicked my battery icon today and find I do indeed have the 'Dell battery utility' installed that I mentioned in post #5. I can only think it must be part of the Dell 'Quickset' driver because I've certainly not installed it knowingly as I did a super clean install.

    However... it does have the option to suspend charging until a reboot. Now there is an interesting question. Does a shut down and reboot in W8.1 count as a traditional reboot given the W8.1 quick start option ?

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  4. #14

    Check out this article (I'm still looking for another that I translated fro Tom's Hardware back in 2005):
    Battery University "How to Prolong Lithium-Based Batteries" (How to Prolong Lithium-based Batteries - Battery University). Here's the German version of the article I translated: Episode 1: Der 8 Stunden- Notebook-Akku - Vision oder bald Wirklichkeit?. The title translates to "The 8-hour battery will soon become a reality." If anybody wants to read the English version, it looks like Tom's never published it, so post a comment here, and we can make arrangements for me to e-mail my translation to you.
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