Carry extra cell phone batteries if you can because you never know when you may need them. There are different types of batteries, each with their pros and cons. Read on to find out which one is compatible with your cell phone.
Types of Cell Phone Batteries
Kinds of Cell Phone Batteries include the following:
Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) cell phone batteries
The NiCad cell phone battery is the earliest type of cell phone battery. It has a short usage time and is prone to memory effect, especially when it is recharged even before it is fully discharged. NiCad battery components are not environment-friendly, as they produce cadmium-rich waste when disposed. A typical cell phone battery if this type die down after 400 to 600 times of charging.
Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) cell phone batteries
A NiMH cell phone battery is less bulky and more efficient than a NiCad battery. It is made of crystals that become coarse, causing the available voltage to drop rapidly. Its usage time is 50% to 100% longer than a NiCad battery. However, NiMH batteries usually fade under extreme temperature. Most models fully discharge once or twice a week and need to be run down after every other charging to retain excellent capacity. Typical NiMH cell phone batteries usually die down after only 100 charging cycles.
Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) cell phone batteries
A Li-Ion cell phone battery provides the longest battery usage time – usually five hours of talk time. It is smaller and more expensive than a NiCad or a NiMH battery. However, it does not suffer from the problems of a NiCad and a NiMH battery. It can be charged every time it is convenient. Some experts say that Li-Ion cell phone batteries should never be regularly discharged.
Choosing Cell Phone Batteries (Buying tips)
Capacity: Choose a cell phone battery with a higher capacity, providing you with more talk time and longer standby hours between charges. However, a higher capacity battery is normally thick and heavy.
Extras: Carry one to two extra batteries with you especially if you are traveling and may not have ready access to a power outlet for recharging. If you carry a bag everyday, consider carrying an extra battery for emergency purposes.