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

Tech Soup Blog

Dell says that a full life span for a garden-variety lithium-ion laptop battery is 18 to 24 months. In order to keep rechargeable batteries healthy, the refurbishers that I've spoken to about this tend to agree that with lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that power most laptops, mobile phones and tablet computers, it's not good to let the battery go below 10% of its charge. Lithium-ion batteries are actually pretty benign environmentally.

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

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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. 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. In case you haven’t heard of us, iFixit is the free repair manual for everything.

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What’s in your social media measurement tool box and why?

Beth Kanter

Shari warns that there’s a lot of data points to collect,”so choose a few things to monitor or track, and then develop a workflow that will allow you to gain a big picture view. Kami Huyse , Zoetica, points to Lithium , a monitoring and measurement tool. Rob Stuart, who passed away recently and who was instrumental in the creation of the nonprofit technology movement always had a favorite question, “What tools are in your tool box?”

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.