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5 Tips for Getting the Most From USB Rechargeable Batteries

Posted by Tom Bishop on
5 Tips for Getting the Most From USB Rechargeable Batteries

We love USB rechargeable batteries. We think you should too. USB rechargeable batteries keep single-use disposal batteries out of landfills. They save resources, money and time. There are so many good reasons to go rechargeable now more than ever. At any rate, the point of this post is to help you get the most from your rechargeable batteries.

 

As long as you are investing in batteries that can cost significantly more at the cash register, you might as well get absolutely everything you can out of them. That requires using them the right way. Like any other consumer product, taking care of your batteries maximizes life and productivity.

 

Here are 5 tips to help you get the most from your Pale Blue Earth rechargeable batteries:

 

1. Avoid Temperature Extremes

 

Lithium-ion batteries may react differently to temperature extremes compared to other types of batteries, but every battery is affected by temperature to some degree. Allowing rechargeable batteries to get too hot or too cold can significantly degrade internal components.

 

Note that lithium-ion batteries are especially sensitive to heat. This is why electronics manufacturers recommend unplugging a device if it feels like it’s getting hot. Also a battery exposed to heat will not last as long.

 

2. Don't Leave Them in Your Car

 

A companion tip to avoiding temperature extremes is to not leave rechargeable batteries in your car. This is very easy to do. Maybe you have an inexpensive digital camera that cost you less than $100. You take it on a day trip and then forget to take it back into the house at the end of the day. Now it is destined to sit in your car for a couple of weeks.

 

Cars are notorious for getting hot when left in the sun. The kind of heat a typical car interior can generate is bad for rechargeable batteries. Being left in a frozen car for weeks on end is no better, by the way.

 

3. Avoid Complete Discharge

Most rechargeable batteries will run completely out of charge and that shortens the life span of the overall battery. Most rechargeable batteries are happiest when they have at least 20-80% capacity left.

Our USB batteries prevent complete discharge from happening by turning off with a reserve amount of charge left in the battery to extend the overall life of the battery.

 

4. Do Not Leave Them Plugged in Overnight

 

A modern lithium-ion battery can completely charge in a short time. As soon as you reach that point, unplug the charger. Leaving it plugged in can result in “microcycling” which can begin to reduce the useful life of your battery. If you do not plan to use the batteries right away, store them in a cool place. This will help them maintain the charge longer.

 

5. Use Only the Original Charger

 

Generally speaking, you should use the charger that comes with rechargeable batteries: only use the charger that originally came with the batteries or a replacement charger recommended by the manufacturer. You should never mix rechargeable batteries and chargers from different manufacturers.

 

This leads us to one of the benefits of USB rechargeable batteries. Our batteries do not require a special charger. All you need is a USB cord (which we provide) that plugs into any standard USB port. Because USB technology has been standardized, output voltage is consistent across all devices. You are never in danger charging our batteries on a USB-enabled device.

 

And now you know how to get the most out of your rechargeable batteries. Enjoy!

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