Whether it's a rechargeable battery inside a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, here are a set of tips to help you get the most from it.


There's a lot of voodoo written about how to take care of the rechargeable batteries inside smartphones, tablets or notebooks. While a bit of care can make all the difference, you don't need to treat the battery like a sick pet. It's been designed and built to do a job, so most of the time you can just let it get on with that job.

But with a little bit of care, a rechargeable battery can last years. How much of a difference can taking care of the battery actually make? In my experience, the answer is "a lot." I have both a second-generation iPod nano that I bought around December 2006, and a first-generation iPod touch I picked up in 2008 that still have the original battery installed, and they both work. Eventually, the batteries will wear out, but I won't be complaining that I didn't get my money's worth out of the battery!

So, how do you get the most out of Li-Ion rechargeable batteries?...

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