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  1. bradmatic

    bradmatic Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I am using a belkin ac/usb charger during the evening and an lg micro usb wall charger overnight. What is the best method, in terms of mah into the phone and overall battery life.
     

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  2. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra= VIP Member

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    The best page I ever read on Lithium-Ion batteries:

    How to prolong lithium-based batteries ;)
     
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  3. makemehavefun

    makemehavefun Well-Known Member

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    The included travel adapter for the SF has an output of 5.0V. Is this the 'charge rate' and if so, is it on the high end of charge rates, particularly for a cell phone lithium-ion? Do travel adapters/wall chargers specifically have a higher charge rate because of the assumption that people traveling would be more pressed for time??

    Would it be better to get another charger with a slower charge rate to prolong the life of the battery?

    The example used in the Figure 3 shows a 4.2V charge and the article is pretty much referring to laptop batteries so using the included adapter is making me 'think'.... that I shouldn't?
     
  4. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra= VIP Member

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    I have noticed a longer lasting battery when I allow it to charge longer on the USB port on my laptop (that was with my Eris.. I have not tested it yet with my new Fascinate but I'd expect similar findings) than on the AC wall outlet.

    I've seen battery experts agree and disagree on this.
     
  5. makemehavefun

    makemehavefun Well-Known Member

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    Now I'm getting closer to the idea that I'll end up 'slow' charging through my laptop from now on...

    Just when I think there isn't much more to educate myself on concerning the fundamentals of smart phones something else pops up.
     
  6. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra= VIP Member

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    Well, Lithium-Ion is replacing Nickel Cadium ("Ni-Cad") because those old batteries had a memory problem wherein if they were not drained all the way each time before a charge they'd gradually become unable to be charged all the way up. Other issues as well have made Lithium take over.
     
  7. rsbenedict

    rsbenedict Well-Known Member

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    Who uses ni-cad batteries any more? I haven't seen one in years and years. Maybe even a decade already.
     
  8. makemehavefun

    makemehavefun Well-Known Member

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    Aside from the 'memory' aspect, what I was actually referring to was the 'wear and tear' the article was stressing on lithium-ion batteries.

    " [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Generally speaking, batteries live longer if treated in a gentle manner. High charge voltages, excessive charge rate and extreme load conditions will have a negative effect and shorten the battery life. This also applies to high current rate lithium-ion batteries.

    Not only is it better to charge lithium-ion battery at a slower charge rate, high discharge rates also contribute the extra wear and tear.
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    I don't know if charging it at 5.0V for each and every charge cycle is making the battery deteriorate at an unnecessarily faster rate. Maybe I should find an adapter with a lower voltage as I prefer to turn off and unplug the laptop at night.
    [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][/FONT]
     
  9. Frisco

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    They're hanging on the racks at Wal-Mart, Walgreens and other Chinese product outlets across the U.S. and Canada, in every size from AAA to square 9v to D. ;)
     

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