Batteries

Bringing you anything about batteries, chargers and related topics. Explaining proper care, chemistry composition and latest battery technologies.
  • How Exactly do Lithium-ion Batteries Work? Part 3

    Due to the nature of lithium ion batteries, the volatility and the power they can be rather expensive. Since they are expensive, it only makes sense to make the battery last as long as possible. The first tip to elongating the life of your battery is the discharge cycle. Lithium ion batteries prefer a partial discharge compared to a deep discharge. A deep discharge is similar to a car battery, it requires a large amount of the battery to be used before recharging. It is best to avoid taking the charge to zero for lithium ions. These batteries do not require a memory, so a partial discharge will not harm them.
  • How Exactly do Lithium-ion Batteries Work? Part 2

    Lithium battery packs come in all shapes and sizes but share mostly the same components. If you were to open up a battery pack you would find several components. It is recommended not to open the battery pack, as it can lead to shortages and/or fires. The first component to look at is the actual battery cell. These battery cells almost resemble AA batteries in most cases. Some can be shaped similar to a 9-volt battery. These are the life blood of the battery. The pack also has several components to monitor the battery.
  • How Exactly do Lithium-ion Batteries Work? Part 1

    Lithium-ion batteries have become a commonplace invention in our most treasured electronics. Pound for pound lithium is some of the best materials to create rechargeable batteries from. We use these batteries in almost anything with a rechargeable battery, PDAs, cell phones, iPods and laptops. The energetic lithium can also be quite volatile in the case of a failure. It is amazing how much we rely on lithium ion batteries, but how do they work exactly?
  • DIY: Laptop Battery Rebuild

    That laptop battery is not going to last forever. They never do. The cost of a new battery can set you back quite a bit, and always relying on wall outlets can be a hassle. If your battery is not up to par and dies quickly it may be time to replace. You don't always have to rely on others for all of your battery needs. This is a short introduction to how to do it yourself, and rebuild a laptop battery. This makes a fun project, but can be a bit dangerous. Safety first.
  • Putting Your Laptop Battery on a Diet

    Batteries are an essential laptop element. The technology available today, and the vast amounts of power spots make batteries an under the radar risk. However, if you are in a car ride, or an eleven hour plane ride to Japan a battery is what you need. Of course, everyone knows the basic tips. Stuff like, dim your screen, minimize processes, disable the wireless and so on. These tips can help get that bit of extra playtime on your flight, but there are more.

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