When Good Batteries Go Bad

We all know that batteries won’t last forever. There will be times where it will be necessary to get them replaced in your electronic device(s)… but this article is NOT about those times! Have you ever felt the wrath of a battery?! Oh, it’s a real thing. It’s like they have a mind of their own! When you LEAST expect it, these little Lithium Ion devils can come out in a BAD way! Here is a picture of a swollen battery from a Macbook Air.  What it did to the computer was very unexpected…  Here at our shop (Modern Technology in Cape Girardeau, MO.) we have seen MANY abominations and destruction in electronic devices such as, smart phones, tablets, PC’s, and yes, even Mac’s. There are times when we are looking at a device and see the smoldering remains, then scratch our heads wondering what the device did to deserve this kind of punishment. We have seen batteries swell up and bust out LCD’s and glass from cell phones. In this case, however, when the battery swelled up, it raised up and broke the keys from the keyboard! We told you… they are out for blood! Sometimes a battery just fails and there’s nothing you could have done to prevent it from swelling. There are, however, some things you CAN do help prevent a swollen battery and to maximize its normal life as well Always use the appropriate power charger. Don’t buy a cheap third-party knock-off.  Don’t leave your device plugged in all the time. If the device sits plugged in to the wall all the time the battery won’t have the opportunity to reach its full capacity.Keep your device (or battery) stored in a cool, dry environment. Occasional use in the sun is fine, but don’t store your laptop or smartphone in a hot car, or humid environment. Replace your battery if it becomes exhausted or damaged. Batteries are consumable products; they’re meant to slowly degrade in performance over time. So if your battery is no longer holding a charge, or if it becomes damaged due to a drop or impact, make sure to replace it. 

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