Your Pulsar thermal came with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion batteries work by “lithium ions move from the negative electrode to the positive electrode during discharge and back when charging.” (Wikipedia) These are the same types of batteries you’ll find in your smartphone and laptop.
There are plenty of advantages to using rechargeable lithium-ion batteries as opposed to other rechargeable batteries:
- They operate longer while consuming lots of power.
- They discharge at a slower rate.
- They are lighter.
- There is low to no memory effect.
- They have a longer lifespan.
- Essentially, lithium-ion batteries are low-maintenance.
Lithium-ion batteries will start to degrade the second they leave the battery factory. It doesn’t matter if it is in use or not and it will lose its life faster when fully charged and not in use.
Unfortunately, all batteries must die, but you can extend their life.
A rechargeable lithium-ion battery’s life averages 300 to 500 charge cycles, about 3 to 5 years. A full charge cycle means your device is fully charged, then fully discharged and then fully charged again. However, this is contingent on how you care for and store your battery.
Here are eight tips on the proper care of your lithium-ion battery so you can get as much life out of it as possible.
- The worst thing you can do for your battery is keeping it fully charged in hot temperatures.
- Don’t let them sit unused in cars, attics and other warm areas.
- It prefers shallow, regular charges as opposed to full charges and full discharges.
- Don’t let the battery fall under 40%. Keep it charged between 40 and 80%.
- Avoid “digital memory”—after every 30 charges, let your battery drain almost completely and then recharge it.
- To store your battery for extended periods, let it discharge to 40 percent and keep it in the refrigerator.
- For day to day use, keep your batteries at room temperature.
- Don’t keep your battery fully charged for an extended amount of time.
- Keep your battery between 50 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.