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

Tech Soup Blog

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. Lithium-ion batteries are actually pretty benign environmentally.

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

Tech Soup Blog

In the last 10 years, iron ore production has increased by 180%, cobalt by 165%, and lithium by 125%. And if you know how to fix something we don’t, take a few pictures and start a repair guide of your own. 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.

Phone 44

Interview with Jodie Van Horn of Freedom from Oil and Plug-in Bay Area

Have Fun - Do Good

So we are looking at finding batteries that hold a charge for a long period of time, that give people the extended range that they need to do their commuting, and new technology such as the lithium ion battery have the potential to do that, but right now they are very expensive because automakers haven't invested the R&D money into those battery technologies to really stimulate the change that is needed for them to be able to use those batteries in the application of the plug-in hybrid.