Partstore.com offers expert
advice and money saving solutions to prolong the lifespan of electronic
gadgets and optimize battery performance. With over 11 million replacement parts
in its catalog, Partstore.com
provides chargers, adaptors, and batteries for all of today’s most popular
consumer electronics, laptops, and mobile devices including ThinkPads, Macs,
iPhones, BlackBerrys and more. Partstore.com professionals offer
insight on battery types, key features, and essential terminology that will
empower consumers with the knowledge they need to maintain and maximize their
favorite gadgets. Partstore.com
is the nation’s leading Internet retailer of replacement parts for consumer electronics, appliances, computers and other household
"Batteries are the heartbeat of enhanced mobility. At Partstore.com, we have
noticed a growing trend in people purchasing batteries as backups for their
laptops, smartphones and mobile devices. It is becoming commonplace for
traveling business executives or on-the-go consumers to have a secondary battery
to avoid the loss of connectivity when their primary battery dies," says Gary
Kazmer, President, Partsearch Technologies.
Popular devices like iPhones and BlackBerrys use Lithium-Polymer batteries
while most general mobile phones use Li-Ion, Li-Polymer, and Ni-Mh batteries. PC
laptops predominantly use Lithium-Ion and Macs use Lithium-Polymer batteries.
"Lithium Ion batteries give you the best bang for your buck while
Lithium-Polymer are the safest, but more expensive, and Ni-MH are the cheapest
and lowest performing, slowly becoming obsolete," says John Wu, Senior Vice
President Supply Chain, Partsearch Technologies.
Partstore.com experts advise consumers to understand the following battery
- Memory Effect is when the battery uses only a partial charge
and then is re-charged on a consistent basis. Eventually the battery will
"forget" it has the capacity to hold a longer charge as the cells become
ineffective. Partial charges can also distort calibration: Your device might
show 100% charged but only be at 90% and vice versa. Partstore.com experts
advise consumers to fully charge and fully deplete their batteries at least once
a month to avoid the memory effect.
- Battery Runtime is the amount of charge a battery is able to hold,
which equates to how long it will run. Partstore.com experts advise consumers to
replace batteries when they no longer hold a charge of at least 80%; at that
point it will not be long before the battery stops being usable.
- Battery Lifespan refers to the number of complete (full to empty)
charges a battery has before it is unusable, typically 300-500 (1-3 years).
Partstore.com experts advise consumers to charge their batteries every other day
if possible. Charging nightly as part of your routine may reduce battery
- Battery Storage is essential in preserving your device. Partstore
experts suggest consumers do not store fully charged or discharged batteries for
long periods of time. For example, if you store a battery at 100% charge for a
year, it will only retain 86% of its original capacity. If you must store a
battery for a long period of time between uses, store them with a partial charge
between 40% and 60% which will allow them to keep the 100% peak when you start
using them again.