9 things you should know about battery and charging

Kinkoo-USB-battery-charger-packHappiness is a fully charged battery. If you travel regularly, you know just how quickly your phone can run out of juice and how important to help your mobile battery last longer. Here are what we found to obtain optimum battery performance.

1. For the quickest Tablet charge, use the original charger or a charger specifically designed for it.

iPads and other tablets have large batteries, so they come with chargers that can output up to 2.1A to recharge them quickly, which is more than double the amperage that a typical USB port can support. In our tests, the original charger took 5 hours to charge an iPad full, but an iPhone 5 charger (max out at 1A) took 10 hours. So, to reduce charging time to a minimum, you need to use either the original charger or one designed specifically (such as Kinkoo Infinite Nova 2.1A USB battery charger pack for your device.

2. Most cell phones don’t need a specific charger.

Today, you can use a generic charger to transfer power to most cell phones, without suffering a severe slowdown in charging time. The differences by various chargers to charge it full, take iPhone 5 for example, ranged from 2 hours, 4 minutes (HTC travel charger), 2 hours, 16 minutes (original iPhone charger) to 2 hours, 59 minutes (Samsung charger) —so the third-party charger also apply to your cell phone.

Kinkoo infinite one portable charger3. Use a charging USB port or a powered USB hub.

If you don’t have a charger handy, you can recharge via a computer USB port. USB 2.0 ports come in two types: standard (output at 0.1A) and charging (output at 0.5A), while USB 3.0 ports can deliver juice up to 0.9A. That’s why, when you plug a power-hungry device into some ports, it either won’t charge at all or will charge very slowly. And if you use a powered USB hub, the available current can deliver the full amount of charging juice to each and every port, which makes it a better option for charging your devices.

4. You can use any Micro-USB cable to charge your phone if the phone has a Micro-USB port.

For devices that have Micro-USB ports, you can use any cable that has a Micro-USB plug on the end for charging; you don’t need a special cable.

5. You can safely leave devices charging

Modern mobile device batteries contain circuits that control the flow of power, when the battery is fully charged, the battery management controller will regulate the flow of power to keep the battery topped up, but won’t overcharge it. Which is a good thing, as an overcharged Li-Ion battery could explode.

6. It is good for your batteries to occasionally completely run them down and fully recharge them.

Modern Li-ion batteries don’t suffer from the memory effect problem, so you can safely recharge your device even if the battery hasn’t completely run down. Nevertheless, manufacturers recommend running the battery down and recharging it fully at least one a month to maximize the battery’s life, as this helps keep the battery conditioned and helps preserve its chemistry.

7. Treat your batteries with respect.

If you treat them well, your devices’ batteries will repay you with years of service. And oppositely, they won’t respond well—which is a problem because the insides of batteries are dangerous places, you should always carry them in the device or in a case. Never poke, puncture, or otherwise mistreat them.

8. Replace (and recycle) your batteries every two years or so.

As batteries get older, their ability to retain a charge diminishes, and consequently your device’s battery life gets shorter, though: Apple asserts that the battery in an iPad will hold 80 percent of its maximum charge after 1000 charges. When you do replace them, don’t discard any recyclable battery into the trash, as its ingredients are quite poisonous and potentially combustible.

9. You can diagnose a USB power problem in a few simple steps.

If you’re trying to use a USB port to charge a device, but it isn’t working, you can find tools in Windows that may improve the situation. To get to them, go to Control Panel > Device Manager, and select Devices by Connection from the View menu. Click the top item on the list and press the * key, this will open a list of all the devices connected to your system. Scroll down until you find one called ‘Generic USB Hub’. Right-click it and select Properties. In the Generic USB Hub Properties window click the Power tab, and you’ll see a list of connected USB devices, together with the amount of power that each one is drawing. This information can help you determine whether the device will charge quickly or relatively slowly.