Maximize the Lifespan of ThinkPads, Macs, iPhones, BlackBerrys and More

Partstore.com Helps Consumers Get Their Gadgets in Gear by Offering Money Saving Tips, Fix-It Solutions, and Replacement Parts

Oct 30, 2009, 17:08 ET from Partsearch Technologies

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Partstore.com offers expert advice and money saving solutions to prolong the lifespan of electronic gadgets and optimize battery performance. With over 11 million replacement parts in its catalog, Partstore.com provides chargers, adaptors, and batteries for all of today's most popular consumer electronics, laptops, and mobile devices including ThinkPads, Macs, iPhones, BlackBerrys and more. Partstore.com professionals offer insight on battery types, key features, and essential terminology that will empower consumers with the knowledge they need to maintain and maximize their favorite gadgets. Partstore.com is the nation's leading Internet retailer of replacement parts for consumer electronics, appliances, computers and other household products.

"Batteries are the heartbeat of enhanced mobility. At Partstore.com, we have noticed a growing trend in people purchasing batteries as backups for their laptops, smartphones and mobile devices. It is becoming commonplace for traveling business executives or on-the-go consumers to have a secondary battery to avoid the loss of connectivity when their primary battery dies," says Gary Kazmer, President, Partsearch Technologies.

Popular devices like iPhones and BlackBerrys use Lithium-Polymer batteries while most general mobile phones use Li-Ion, Li-Polymer, and Ni-Mh batteries. PC laptops predominantly use Lithium-Ion and Macs use Lithium-Polymer batteries. "Lithium Ion batteries give you the best bang for your buck while Lithium-Polymer are the safest, but more expensive, and Ni-MH are the cheapest and lowest performing, slowly becoming obsolete," says John Wu, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Partsearch Technologies.

Partstore.com experts advise consumers to understand the following battery basics:

  • Memory Effect is when the battery uses only a partial charge and then is re-charged on a consistent basis. Eventually the battery will "forget" it has the capacity to hold a longer charge as the cells become ineffective. Partial charges can also distort calibration: Your device might show 100% charged but only be at 90% and vice versa. Partstore.com experts advise consumers to fully charge and fully deplete their batteries at least once a month to avoid the memory effect.
  • Battery Runtime is the amount of charge a battery is able to hold, which equates to how long it will run. Partstore.com experts advise consumers to replace batteries when they no longer hold a charge of at least 80%; at that point it will not be long before the battery stops being usable.
  • Battery Lifespan refers to the number of complete (full to empty) charges a battery has before it is unusable, typically 300-500 (1-3 years). Partstore.com experts advise consumers to charge their batteries every other day if possible. Charging nightly as part of your routine may reduce battery lifespan.
  • Battery Storage is essential in preserving your device. Partstore experts suggest consumers do not store fully charged or discharged batteries for long periods of time. For example, if you store a battery at 100% charge for a year, it will only retain 86% of its original capacity. If you must store a battery for a long period of time between uses, store them with a partial charge between 40% and 60% which will allow them to keep the 100% peak when you start using them again.

About Partstore.com and Partsearch Technologies

Partstore.com, the online retail store operated by Partsearch Technologies, has over 11 million parts in its catalog, providing parts for virtually every product in the home, from air conditioners, power adapters, batteries, cables, lamps and bulbs to circuit boards, color wheels, light engines and water filters. Partsearch Technologies, based in New York City, is the leading replacement parts platform for consumer durable goods.

Since 2001, Partsearch has been providing parts procurement services to major retail partners, warranty administrators and their customers. Partsearch has created the only industry standard Master Parts Catalog with over 11 million unique parts, and a parts-specific virtual supply chain across hundreds of major brands and multiple product categories. For more information visit Partsearch Technologies at http://www.partsearch.com.

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