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. A cell phone battery can last the same length of time, and is good for approximately 400 recharges. However, it's best to unplug a laptop or phone if you're just storing it for some days.

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

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A single cell phone, for example, is composed of between 500 to 1,000 different components — many sourced from countries that aren’t well-known for safe mining practices, human rights, or environmental practices. In the last 10 years, iron ore production has increased by 180%, cobalt by 165%, and lithium by 125%. Although we’ve been told otherwise, there is no such thing as a “green” cell phone or computer.

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Mobile, Voice-Operated Everything, and Security, Oh My! Top Nonprofit Tech for 2016

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Mobile. While that's not earth shattering, it is native for mobile and computers both, and it reduces our reliance on our overburdened email. Probably the most amusing mobile story of 2016 was the overnight success of the Nintendo Pokémon Go scavenger hunt mobile app and how nonprofits attempted to use it for a hot minute. Lithium ion battery failures were big again this past year. percent of the 3 million Note 7 phones sold.

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.