You may notice that with time, your battery-operated device may begin to charge at a much slower pace than before. Or you may have noticed that your laptop’s battery life has depleted significantly. This reduction in the performance of your battery is an indication that your battery needs some serious reconditioning.
Science Behind Battery Life Depletion
In all lead-acid batteries, depletion in battery life occurs after the battery experiences a phenomenon known as battery sulfation. This phenomenon known as battery sulfation is where the sulfate parts of the battery begin to attach to the plates. This greatly affects the lead-acid battery’s collective capacity. As the collective capacity reduces, the battery will require a higher amount of energy to charge. As this begins, the temperature of the battery starts to rise, which leads to a depletion in battery life. More specifically, this occurs when the battery of the device completely discharges and comes back to normal after recharging. However, this method of bringing the battery back to normal is highly inefficient. This is why people opt to recondition their batteries.
Best Time To Recondition Your Battery
There is a specific time frame within which reconditioning your battery would be a wise decision. This time frame is when your battery’s collective capacity has depleted by thirty to forty percent. Within this range, lies the sweet spot where once you recondition your battery, you can potentially bring it back to its full capacity.
Battery Life Extension After Reconditioning
Of course, the battery life extension differs with each type of battery. The most common types of batteries are Lithium-ion batteries and Nickel-Cadmium batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are those batteries that one can find within mobile phones as well as laptops. The collective capacity of this battery type, after battery reconditioning, can extend to last twice as long as it did previously. On the other hand, by reconditioning Nickel-Cadmium batteries, you can actually add a total of five hundred charging cycles. By charging cycles, we mean five hundred separate charging cycles as well as five hundred separate discharging cycles. Of course, one can only achieve these figures if they recondition their mobiles or laptop’s within the right time frame.
The Dangers Of Reconditioning Batteries
It is understandable that when you are working with something like batteries, there are possible dangers that you can face. If handled incorrectly, the fluid contained within the battery can leak, which when comes in contact with skin, can burn. This is why it is essential for you to wear safety gloves while reconditioning your battery. Another dangerous situation is that the battery may explode if it has been handled poorly. You need to wear safety equipment such as a coat, gloves, and goggles while you are handling batteries. Apart from that, you must inspect your battery before starting the reconditioning process. This is to ensure that it has no cracks or other forms of damage.
Everyone needs to familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of battery reconditioning. Even if you are not planning on reconditioning the batteries yourself, it is important to first understand its implications. No doubt, reconditioning your battery is better than purchasing a new one.