Tuesday 29 October 2013

Smartphone Apps for Boaters (25)

No matter which genre of smartphone you own or are thinking to buy. The apps that are available will have an influence on how happy you are with the phone. There are plenty of top quality apps that you can download. However for me There's always a remarkable sub-selection of apps that are totally free. 
The wonderfully named 'Android' phone seems to have cornered the market in the same way that VHS did with tape systems. Android's open source strategy is the main factor for its success. Being a free platform has expanded the Android device install base, which in turn has driven growth in the number of third party multi-platform and mobile operator apps available.
Are you charging your battery properly?

Batteries are much more of a complicated issue than you might realise at first glance. Its the usual story, if you don't understand them you are likely to abuse them. At the same time shorten their effective working life. All batteries have a finite amount of charge discharge cycles they can complete before they die.

What kind of battery do you have in your phone? 

If you are not sure why not look now. 

Nickel–cadmium NiCd battery. Throw it away as this type is almost obsolete!

Nickel–metal hydride or NiMH or Ni-MH type batteries benefit from being allowed to run down fully. This means all battery cells are consumed equally. Running the battery flat is preferable because it means no cells are overworked to compensate.

Memory effect, is an effect observed in nickel cadmium and nickel–metal hydride rechargeable batteries that causes them to hold less charge. It describes one very specific situation in which certain NiCd and NiMH batteries gradually lose their maximum storage capacity if they are repeatedly recharged after being only partially discharged. The battery appears to "remember" the smaller capacity. The term is often misapplied when a battery appears to hold less charge than was expected. These cases are more likely due to battery age and use, leading to irreversible changes in the cells due to internal short-circuits, loss of electrolyte, or reversal of cells. 

Lithium-ion or Li-ion battery. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable battery. With one of the best energy densities, almost no memory effect and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. The  vast majority of smartphone batteries are the lithium ion type. These don't benefit from being allowed to charge down fully, as the lower the charge, the harder the battery has to work, increasing wear on all cells. Keep the battery charge above 25% charged to avoid this. 

1 comment:

  1. Lithium batteries are the most used this is only because they are cheap and provides a longer life.

    Charlie Electra

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