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Cellular Phone Batteries 5 Things You Should Know

Expert Witness: Evidence Solutions, Inc.
It seems like there are as many rumors about how you should be charging your phone and how to make that battery last longer. These are just a few of the myths that we hear most often.

#1 Off-brand smart phone chargers will not work.

Off-brand chargers may not work as well, but they will still work. Thankfully(with the exception of Apple products) the vast majority of cell phones use the same charger. Even the new USB 3.0 cables are backwards compatible. This means that just about any phone you get, you can share chargers with everyone else.Just because they don't say Samsung or LG on the side, doesn't mean that they won't work just as well. Do beware of ultra cheap "knock-off" brand chargers, which could damage your phone.

#2 Don't use your cell phone while it charges

were a few incidents back in 2012 where people experienced exploding phones when they were being charged. These were due to a bad batch of batteries that had been recalled not long before. Since then, it has been a widely held myth that you shouldn't use your phone while it charges. While there still is the possibility of bad batteries, the likelihood of this happening again is very small.

#3 Charging your cellular phone overnight will kill the battery

By kill the battery we assume they mean make it less able to hold a charge.While it is true that keeping a lithium battery over charged will make it less efficient, most modern day phones will shut off the power supply when they are charged, and will recharge as necessary, therefore keeping your phones battery charge where it needs to be.

#4 Don't charge your mobile device until it's completely dead

Again, lithium is a factor here. Lithium is really meant to have a charge all the time, otherwise it will degrade with each "drainage" of power, eventually ruining the battery. So, it is generally best to keep your phone charged between 40-80% to keep it working at its maximum efficiency.

#5 You never need to turn off your phone or tablet

Just like any other computer you might have, it likes to have a little nap every now and then. Whether it is just a quick reboot or even turned off overnight. Rebooting or shutting down the phone for a while allows the phone's operating system,whether: Android, Blackberry or iOS to start fresh. Give your phone a break and turn it off or reboot it once a week.

For over 30 years, Scott Greene of Evidence Solutions, Inc. has been helping companies meet the challenges of the swiftly evolving computer technology industry. Scott went to work for IBM. Scott studied Systems Engineering at the University of Arizona. He has since earned certifications in many products.

The Evidence Solutions team analyzes data from Computers, Cell Phones, Black Boxes, Dispatch Systems, Electronic Medical Records, Email systems and more. Scott then explains the digital evidence in plain English.

Scott’s extensive knowledge draws clients to him from all over the United States as well as Internationally for consulting, Forensics and expert witness services. His extensive and diverse experience allows him to be an expert in many facets of digital and electronic evidence. Scott, a sought after speaker and educator, travels throughout the country sharing his knowledge and presenting to local, regional, national and International organizations.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.

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