Smartphones are incredibly useful. They perform many functions and make our lives simpler. One of the biggest problem for mobile phone users is battery life. While 8-10 hours of power seems to be a remarkable improvement, a few long conversations and a couple hours of Facebook scrolling will drop the battery level down to zero in no time. Rechargeable cell phone battery packs start degrading as soon as they leave the factory. After a few years, most will require replacement. Here are 5 Signs Your Cell Phone Needs A New Battery.
The Phone is overheating
If your cell phone works only when it is plugged into a wall outlet, odds are the battery within is dying, if not already dead. If this is the case, you can purchase a replacement battery. Regardless of how old or new the battery is, always check its temperature while it’s being charged. If the battery seems to be getting warmer each time you charge it with your charger, it is beginning to die.
Length of Charge
One clear sign that your cell phone battery might be dying is that it can no longer hold a charge for long. The amount of time your cell phone battery holds a charge depends on how frequently you use it, and what you use it for. Long conversations, excessive video watching, video game playing and other activities can drain a battery faster than just making short phone calls a few times a day. However, if the battery drops from fully charged to half charged to dead within a day despite not being taxed heavily, odds are it’s on its way out. If the battery can hold a charge for only an hour or so with limited use, it’s beginning to fail.
The Phone is dead
This may be an obvious one. Either you accidentally damaged your phone by dropping it or dunking it in water for too long, or the battery is dead. If you’ve eliminated the first as a culprit, check to see if it shows no sign of power – nothing lights up, no sound, nada. If the phone shows no signs of life after charging with a reliable charger, it’s time to call it: your battery is dead. There is a good chance that the battery may need to be replaced.
Preserving the Battery
To keep your battery active for as long as possible, avoid leaving your phone on when it’s not in use. Try your best to keep phone calls short and send text messages instead. Do not charge your cell phone battery daily, but rather every other day. Avoid leaving your cell phone in either extremely high or extremely low temperatures, as both will eventually take a toll on the battery. If possible, use your cell phone while it’s charging.