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Dead Device? Maintain Your Power with Proper Battery Maintenance

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Every day, batteries power our most important devices, from our cell phones to our laptops, our vehicles to our robotic vacuums. These items, and their batteries, affect our lives and abilities to communicate, travel, work, and maintain our lives, and when they don't function properly, it can mean problems for our lives and our ability to get things done. If you're done dealing with dead devices, then learn how to maintain your batteries properly so your devices are powered when you need them.

Batteries should fully charge and discharge with use - meaning that when you charge them, they should provide full power, and they should lose that power with sustained use. If a battery isn't charging or discharging properly, it can make it so you can't use your devices. When this happens, you need to determine the cause of the power loss.

There are lots of myths about how to prolong your battery (putting them in the freezer, for example) that actually don't work and could, in fact, damage your battery. There are also lots of myths about why your battery is losing power unexpectedly. One thing you've likely heard about device batteries is that it was charge and recharge around 300 to 500 cycles (about 2-3 years) before it no longer charges fully. If you start to notice that your charge is not lasting as long, your device isn't fully charging, or that you've been using the same battery for a long time, then it may be time for a new battery.

Another problem aging and improperly functioning batteries have is bulging of the battery. This occurs with age or exposure to heat, causing the chemicals inside the battery to create gases. The best way to verify that your battery is bulging is to visually check it. If the battery packaging is lumpy, then you will need to replace it before it damages your device.

If your battery looks okay, but doesn't seem to be holding a charge, then you might want to test the battery with a multimeter.

Check the expected voltage for your battery type, and if the voltage on the multimeter is lower, you likely need to replace it. Continuing to use a damaged or non-functioning battery can limit your ability to use your devices, and may damage your device if it ruptures. It is best to replace a battery right away when you notice that it is not working.

In order to replace the battery, you need to make sure that you get the right battery for your device. Replacement batteries should come with a user manual or replacement instructions that you need to follow in order to get the maximum usage out of your replacement batteries, whether it's an iphone battery or other smartphone batteries, or even laptop batteries. Each device will have their own methods of replacement, so verify that you know what you are doing and have the right battery before you install it.

Don't forget - batteries don't go in the trash! The safest way to dispose of a battery is to recycle it. Office supply stores and mobile carriers have battery disposal programs, so be sure to haul your duds to the proper places.

Properly maintaining your device batteries is important so that you can continue to use them. If you need help finding a replacement battery for your device, TechOrbits has a large selection of smartphone batteries and laptop batteries for you to choose from. If you need any help with choosing the right battery or how to install it, reach out to support@techorbits.com.

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