How to Choose a Replacement Battery for Your Cell Phone
Many people around the world own cell phones and use them as a convenient means of communication. Talking and texting are only two of the many uses for a cell phone: they can also take photos, browse the Internet, download data, provide a mobile hotspot, assist users with navigation, and supply a list of important contact emails, phone numbers, and addresses. Depending on their capabilities, cell phones may enable users to video chat, play games, watch movies or television, listen to music, set an alarm, calculate figures, and record important dates and appointments. In order to perform all of these tasks, a cell phone requires a battery that needs to be recharged periodically to keep the phone adequately powered. Certain media-intensive activities such as watching a television episode or streaming music will drain the battery faster than a simple phone call of the same duration can.
Eventually, the battery will wear out and will no longer be able to maintain a sufficient charge for everyday functions. At this point, users will need to purchase a brand-new phone or find a replacement battery. This guide offers practical tips for users who prefer to replace their phone’s battery rather than investing in an entirely new phone.
Signs that a Cell Phone battery Needs Replacing
The signs of a failing cell phone battery are unmistakable. Generally, the primary indicator is a shortening battery life span. When the phone was new, owners may have been able use the phone normally for a few days without needing to charge it. However, when the battery is in the process of failing, it lacks the ability to hold a charge and may be drained after only a few hours. Sometimes a sporadic or faulty signal or other minor quirks can be attributed to a failing battery. One test for a failing or dying battery consists of removing the battery from the phone and placing it on a flat surface. A healthy battery should lie flat, whereas a failing battery will wobble slightly due to slight swelling. If the battery is unstable, users should take action immediately, since the battery could explode inside the phone and cause damage to the phone.
A simple way to remedy this situation is to purchase a new phone. However, if the phone is an expensive model with a variety of valuable features, or if the user simply enjoys their current phone and wants to keep it, a replacement battery may be a good option. Replacement batteries can be significantly cheaper than buying a new phone. However there are several factors to consider when selecting a replacement battery.
Selecting a Replacement Battery
Replacement batteries can be significantly cheaper than buying a new phone. However, there are several factors to consider when selecting a replacement battery.
Warranty on the Battery
First, users should check to see if their cell phone’s battery is under any kind of manufacturer warranty. Usually companies will guarantee a cell phone battery for at least one year, though some phones may have a longer period of coverage for the battery. If the battery degrades completely within that time frame, the manufacturer should supply a replacement free of charge.
Even if users do not believe that their battery is still under warranty, they should call the cell phone manufacturer to ask if the company will pay for a new battery. If they say yes, users will have saved themselves some money. If they say no, users should inquire about the use of replacement batteries from third parties, to ensure that such a move will not compromise the warranty on the phone itself.
If the battery is no longer under warranty and the manufacturer refuses to fund a replacement, users will have to purchase the new battery at their own expense. They should ensure that they know the make and model of their phone, as well as the type of battery that will work in it. The model number is especially important. Specific details about the phone, such as its original name (the one assigned by the manufacturer, not the carrier) or any additional facts about the battery, can all be found in the cell phone’s user manual.
Users may also wish to pop the battery out of the phone and check the white sticker located underneath it. The sticker usually will contain the battery’s serial number, type, and IMEI number. This extra information will likely be useful during the purchasing process, since it enables users to make doubly sure that a particular replacement battery is compatible with their phone.
Another way of identifying the right type of replacement battery is to simply ask the manufacturer. The manufacturer may post such information online for easy access by its customers. If not, a quick phone call its customer service department should yield the necessary details.
Once users have all the necessary information about the type of battery required for their phone, they can begin searching for a new one. Even if the warranty has expired, the manufacturer may be willing to sell replacement batteries. If not, buyers will need to find an aftermarket battery from a third-party company.
In some cases, batteries from third-party companies have faults such as low-quality materials or a shorter battery life. Some may quickly degrade, requiring yet another replacement within several weeks or months. Buyers should check feedback ratings for any third-party manufacturer of cell phone batteries to ensure that other customers have been satisfied with their batteries.
Some buyers may not be aware of the current influx of counterfeit batteries into the market. These untested batteries are not simply of poor quality, but they are instead imitation batteries created without adherence to any of the standards of brand-name cell phone batteries. As a result, they can cause serious damage to a cell phone through overheating and other electrical failures. To avoid these fake batteries, buyers should purchase primarily from vetted third-party distributors within the United States. They should also be wary of purchasing batteries that are marked unusually low.
Changing the Battery
Most cell phone batteries are easy to remove. The process usually consists of popping off the back panel of the phone and removing the slim, rectangular battery. The new one can then be slid into its spot and snapped into place. Users should replace the phone’s back panel and plug their phone into an outlet via the phone charger, allowing the battery to charge fully (preferably overnight) before using it.
Users will need to dispose of their dead cell phone battery in an environmentally friendly way. A quick online search should allow users to locate local drop-off spots for the safe recycling of old batteries.
Types of Cell Phone Batteries
The variety of cell phones on the market necessitates many different types of cell phone batteries. The chart below describes some of the most common types of these batteries.