If you’ve ever overcharged your device’s battery in first-use hoping to increase its capacity or freeze it for an extended charge, then you’re among the many who got victimized by the myths of the past. And it’s OK.
Since buying a gadget with a rechargeable battery rarely comes with any guide on what being “rechargeable” is all about, misconceptions are common.
According to Qualmark Corporation, “Battery testing affects the lives of both civilians and service people by enforcing performance and safety standards. This is why Halt HASS tests combined testing scenarios are conducted in a testing chamber to stress multiple failure types. A standard test for battery involves using a Highly Accelerated Life Testing and Highly Accelerated Stress Screen to push batteries to their limits in both consumer and industrial applications.”
Therefore, altering the suggested use of the battery is not only misleading, but potentially harmful, too. For more details on other battery myths you should stop doing, read on.
Classification of Rechargeable Batteries
The only thing you probably know about batteries is that it stores and dissipates charge. But, apart from the rechargeable Li-ion and NiMH batteries found in most mobile devices today, there are still other models, types, and capacity models to know about. The classification of rechargeable batteries is as follows:
- Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)
- Nickel-metal Hydride (NiMH)
- Lead Acid
- Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
- Lithium Ion Polymer (Li-ion polymer)
As a general rule, you should know what battery you’re using at all times. Some are more prone to exploding like lead acid, Li-ion, NiMH when overcharged.
Myths You Have to Stop Believing
- A 2,500mAh battery will provide a 2,500mAh charge
- Charging while using the device is OK, as it doesn’t smoke out
- Li-ion batteries in a mobile device or laptop aren’t necessary
- If you don’t use up the battery, it will last a lifetime
- Freezers preserve the chemicals in the battery
While the cases of battery explosion have subsided over the decade, misinformation is still a huge cause of accidents. When operating any device, know the batteries first.