We spend a lot cash on our portable devices but as time goes on, the respect we pay our electronic friends declines. Even though they are designed to be mobile, it doesn’t mean they can be tossed around like they don’t matter. By not caring for your devices, you are shortening their lifespan more than you may think.
Below, we have the 20 most common things that people do that is killing the lifespan of your devices.
Extending The Life Of Your Battery
- Modern day cell phone batteries do not have the “memory effect” that people so commonly talk about. This means you don’t have to wait for your phone to go down to 0% before you recharge it.
- If you want to extend the battery life of your phone, recharge it more frequently. Don’t wait for it to drop down to zero. The best way to do this is to recharge it before it drops below 10%. This can double your batteries discharge cycles.
- Today’s batteries will not overcharge if you leave the charger plugged in too long. They have built-in controllers that prevent the battery from taking in an overcharge. This means, there is no risk to your phone’s battery if you leave it plugged in overnight.
- Avoid buying knockoff batteries. These batteries are cheap because they sometimes do not have a built-in controller that protects the battery from overcharging. You should also only use the charger that the manufacturer provides to ensure there are no conflicts with your device while charging.
- Give your laptop battery a full charge every three months. Every three months, let your laptop battery die out completely, all the way to 0%. From there, charge it up to 100% all at once. This will flush out the battery and help extend its life.
- Keep the battery away from heat. If the battery is removed, keep it out of sunlight and away from any other heat sources. Exposing your battery to heat is bad for the long-term life of your battery. The optimial range is between 10 and 30 degrees celius [see more].
- Allow the bottom of your laptop to be ventilated. Avoid placing it on blankets or a soft surface that could cover the vents located on the bottom. Keep it on a flat surface, like a table. This allows the fans to blow out the hot air and prevent it from overheating.
- Make sure your battery is at room temperature before you use it. If you have a spare battery in your car when it’s cold out, avoid connecting it to your laptop right away. Instead, give it an hour to return to room temperature before you use it.
- Keep your battery safe from the elements. This includes using your laptop outdoors in the cold. If you have to carry it outside in the cold, make sure it’s protected by some kind of casing. Worst case, tuck it inside your jacket until you return indoors to help protect the battery. If that doesn’t work, another tip is to remove the battery and hold it inside your jacket while you are outside.
Protecting Your Laptop’s Screen Or Monitor
- When you use your laptop or PC monitor, make sure it is kept out of direct sunlight. Over time, exposure to sunlight can lead to fading. In the short term, it’s fine to use it in the sun once in a while. The problem occurs when a laptop is set up near a window that receives sunlight all day, day after day.
- Don’t hold the laptop by the monitor. When you press too hard on the monitor, it can leave behind dark spots. Never pick up your laptop by the screen.
- Use lint-free wipes to clean the screen. Avoid using anything liquid when you clean the screen. Even if you are extra careful, you still run the risk of the liquid dripping inside your laptop. It’s better to play it safe and stick to lint-free wipes when you are cleaning it.
- Clean your screen or monitor very gently. Never press down on the screen when cleaning. Just do small, circular motions that lightly touch the screen.
Voltage Protection and Cleanliness
- During a thunderstorm, if lightning strikes a power line, it can send an electrical surge through your laptop. This can lead to permanent damage to your computer. Next time it’s thunderstorming, be safe and unplug your laptop until it’s over.
- If you live in an area that has frequent thunderstorms, buy a surge protector to protect your computer from this.
- If possible, store your device in a separate compartment on its own. This will keep it from banging against other objects.
- Check your phone port for debris before plugging it in. If you plug it in with debris clogged inside the port, it can interfere with the charge.
- Keep your phone in a case to keep it safe from dirt and debris as you use it outside.
- Do some spring cleaning once or twice a year. Grab a can of air and spray your laptop down. Clear the fans so that it doesn’t overheat with accumulating dust.
- If you can, open up the back of your laptop and spray inside of it. This will help you make sure all of the dust is completely removed.