How to Get Long Life Out of Laptop and Cell Phone Batteries

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I got to talking last week with Kiera Butler of Mother Jones magazine about the best ways to keep the rechargeable batteries in laptops and mobile phones healthy and long-lived. Dell says that a full life span for a garden-variety lithium-ion laptop battery is 18 to 24 months. The average life span of a cell phone, however, is only 18 months , so a single battery should last the lifetime of a mobile phone. How well do you maintain your mobile batteries?

Recycle Your Rechargeable Batteries!

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Most mobile phones and laptop computers use lithium ion rechargeable batteries. Find out where to recycle them at Call2Recycle.org. read more.

iFixit’s Basic Phone Repairs that Most of Us Can Do

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Our goal is to teach everyone how to repair the stuff they own—whether it’s laptops , snowboards , toys , or clothes. In the last 10 years, iron ore production has increased by 180%, cobalt by 165%, and lithium by 125%. greentech PC refurbishment mobile phone repair reuse smartphones iFixit Reduce, reuse, recycle: Everyone knows the three Rs of sustainability. But at iFixit , we talk a lot about a fourth R—one that people often forget: Repair.

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