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Electrical energy has become an essential part of human life, powering everything from flashlights to automobiles. The portable or mobile devices that run on electricity depend on rechargeable batteries which, unfortunately, loses charge capacity over time. Having dead batteries is quite an inconvenience and it would incur a cost to have them replaced. Hence, it would be wise to do all that can be done in order to prolong the life of the batteries being used. What must be done, however, depends on the kinds of batteries being used. Here are some ways to make sure the two of the most commonly used batteries used would last as long as possible.

Automobile Batteries

One of the most inconvenient experiences of the modern world is to be stranded a long way from home because of a dead car battery. While typically lasting 2-5 years, there are things the owner can do to make sure that they last for as long as they possibly can. If it is not a maintenance-free battery, the water level in the cell needs to be checked. For both maintenance-free batteries and those that require maintenance, the battery terminals need to be checked for corrosion, which results in a whitish material that builds up at the terminals which should be removed to ensure battery health.

Lithium-ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries, or Li-ion batteries, are now everywhere, powering things from phones, cameras and other gadgets to automobiles. While automobiles have their software which utilizes the batteries in the most efficient way and in ways that would ensure a long battery life, the average consumer can also use a few tricks to ensure that their laptop and cell phone battery can last for many years. Li-ion batteries are harmed by two things: extreme charge states and heat. Keeping the batteries cool will generally prolong service life. Putting the battery in an extreme state of charge, like 100% charge or less than 5% charge, puts great stress on the battery. It is best to keep the batteries from ever fully charging or fully discharging.

No matter how much care you put into the battery, the time will come, however, to replace these batteries. When the time comes, one should replace it with a high quality battery from a trusted battery vendor. Motor City Battery Company is a battery vendor in Lincoln Park, MI, offering a wide range of batteries for just about every application. Their website can be reached at Motorcitybatterycompany.com. You can also follow them on Twitter for more updates.

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    Author: Eric Spence

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