Friday, December 8, 2006

Some Tips For The Safe Use of Cell Phones And Batteries

Cell phones have become an important part of your life allowing people to reach you at all times during the night and day. When purchasing a new cell phone, the battery is an important equipment in your overall decision and needs for your new cell phone.

If you take the time to care for your cell phone battery properly, your battery can last between 350-400 charge cycles. If you charge your phone daily, your battery will typically last between 12-14 months. If you charge your battery less frequently at every 2-3 days, you maybe able to keep your battery for two years or more. Here are some tips for safe use of Cell Phone and Batteries:
  1. Carefully read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for using the phone and charging the battery to increase the life span of your cell phone and battery
  2. Do not use incompatible cell phone batteries and chargers. Some Web sites and second-hand dealers, not associated with reputable manufacturers and carriers, might be selling incompatible or even counterfeit batteries and chargers.
  3. You should purchase manufacturer or carrier recommended accessories wherever possible. If unsure about whether a replacement battery or charger is compatible, contact the dealer or if possible, manufacturer.
  4. Do not permit a battery out of the phone to come in contact with metal objects, such as coins, keys or jewelry.
  5. Do not crush, puncture or put a high degree of pressure on the battery as this can cause an internal short-circuit, resulting in overheating.
  6. Avoid dropping the cell phone. Dropping it, especially on a hard surface, can potentially cause damage to the phone and battery. If you suspect damage to the phone or battery, take it to a service center for inspection.
  7. Do not place the phone in areas that may get very hot, such as on or near a cooking surface, cooking appliance, iron, or radiator.
  8. Do not get your phone or battery wet. Even though they will dry and appear to operate normally, the circuitry could slowly corrode and pose a safety hazard.
  9. You should properly dispose of your old batteries and equipment. All major carriers have recycling programs.
  10. Follow battery usage, storage and charging guidelines found in the user’s guide.
  11. Find ways to reuse or recycle your phone and accessories when you’re finished with them. Many company recycle or reuse cell phones.
  12. Pick a phone with features you need and a style you like so you will keep it longer.

One of the fastest ways to deteriorate your cell phone battery is to leave it in the car during extreme weather conditions, both too hot and too cold. If you absolutely have must leave it in the car, be sure to turn the power off.

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