Techies And Gadget Geeks Dependent On Portable Electronics Ways To Increase Battery Life

As a society, we've rapidly moved from wired to wireless. Whether it's a laptop, cell phone, BlackBerry, or digital camera, most people are carrying one-or all of these things at any given time. All of those wonderful gadgets require battery powered fuel. There are few things more frustrating than when one of these practically essential gadgets loses power unexpectedly.

In this article, we'll focus on 3 ways to increase the battery lifespan on some of today's most popular battery powered devices. Laptop batteries: Laptop batteries can be frustrating, to say the least. They almost seem to know when you're right in the middle of something important and choose that time to lose power.

If your laptop battery has less than an hour's worth of life, it's probably time for a new one. However, through a process called conditioning, you can "train" your new laptop battery to last longer. This is done by charging a new battery to full capacity, and then allowing it to drain completely of power before recharging again.

By doing this, you condition you laptop battery to "remember" the amount of electrical charge it can hold. Cell phones and BlackBerrys: When you first get your new cell phone or BlackBerry, you'll want to fully charge the battery and then completely discharge the battery for about 3 cycles. However, you won't want to get into the habit of completely depleting the battery. The rechargeable lithium ion batteries in cell phones and BlackBerrys can be damaged by excessive deep discharges. Instead, get into a routine of plugging in your phone overnight and letting it continue charging even after the icon reads that the battery is full. Cell phones and BlackBerrys should last an entire day without losing charge.

If you can't make it through the day without recharging, it's probably time for another cell phone battery or BlackBerry battery. Digital Camera: The digital camera has become a must-have gadget. Digital cameras have made taking pictures so much more fun and economical than ever before-except in the way of batteries.

These little cameras can really soak up the battery power. Many digital cameras operate with AA or AAA batteries and feeding your camera a steady diet of alkaline batteries can add up quickly. If you haven't already, invest in a rechargeable battery kit.

Every other techno-gadget uses rechargeable lithium ion batteries and your camera can too. The cost of 4 AA batteries is usually between $17 and $24, but well worth the cost as they can be recharged hundreds of times. This way, you can keep enough recharged batteries in your camera case to drop in if your batteries do run out, then recharge the old and use them as spares.

All lithium batteries perform best when they are topped off regularly. Don't feel like you need to wait until the juice is running low like with the car gas tank. Instead, plug them in for a charge whenever you have the opportunity. Batteries may not seem glamorous, but they're the powerhouse that allows us to enjoy all of the electronic devices we now wonder what we ever did without.

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