Here are four tips.
1. Follow instructions:
You should properly prepare the battery by following the
first charge and use instructions. If you don't, you could
shorten the life or runtime of your battery.
2. Don't overcharge them.
Charging the batteries in PDAs, cell phones or Tablet PCs
for long periods of time will reduce the overall life of the
battery. Battery chargers normally taper down when the
battery is fully charged. However, enduring weeks of even a
'trickle charge' creates heat buildup and will eventually
cause premature battery failure. How do you avoid
overcharging? Remove the charger right after the battery is
them at regular intervals. This is a problem
that affects spare batteries, but it can also be a factor on
a backup unit, such as a second cell phone. Batteries have
to be used in order to get the most out of them. If you have
spares, cycle them every three months. This will go a long
way in keeping your batteries maintained to properly
Stay away from cheap-o replacements. Quality
is very important when it comes to replacement batteries.
Many lesser-known but cheaper brands cut corners when they
make their batteries. That can affect the overall life
expectancy and performance of the battery. Worse, the
batteries may be defective because "most low-end batteries
are refurbished or just not working with quality control. Go
with a recognized brand and buy from a reputable source.