Replacing Your Cell Phone Battery

Replacing your cell phone's battery is an easy procedure. The only real choice is where to purchase it.

It always happens at the most inconvenient time. You're in the middle of that big call, and your cell phone battery dies. Often, this is the result of an old battery not allowing itself to accept a full charge. This is a good time to consider purchasing a new battery for your cell phone. Today's cell phones are designed such that only certain batteries fit certain phones. At times, it seems that the only option for consumers is to affiliate themselves with phone companies who offer batteries with an extended life. Since there is normally little or no choice of brands when it comes to replacement phone batteries, the main question in today's marketplace is not what battery to purchase, but rather, where to purchase a battery.

The easiest and most time-efficient method of finding a replacement battery for your cell phone is to take your phone back to the store where you bought it. Most cell phone dealers will have spare batteries in stock or at least will have the ability to order a battery for any of the phones they sell. While returning to the store will save you time, you will most likely end up paying full retail price. In some cases, the battery will cost more than the entire phone!

Another approach to finding a proper replacement battery is to search the Internet. There is a plethora of websites that specialize in cell phone accessories. Many of these websites offer their products at reduced or even wholesale prices. You must be prepared to wait a few days for the battery to be shipped to you. If you can afford to wait, possibly up to two weeks, try searching eBay or another auction website. Auctioned cell phone batteries have been known to go for as little as 99ยข!

Installing a new battery in a cell phone is an easy procedure. All phones have some kind of button or clip that holds the back panel in place. Simply remove the back, and take out the battery. In some cases, the back of the phone is the battery. After removing the old battery, check the contacts on the back of the phone to ensure that they are free of corrosion. If necessary, clean any corrosion off with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and cotton-tipped applicators. Be sure to allow ample time for the alcohol to evaporate off the phone before installing the new battery. Place your new battery in the same position that you found the old one and replace the back (if necessary). Once you have installed your replacement battery, it is important to let your phone charge overnight since most batteries come with little or no charge. The next morning, your fully-charged phone will be ready for action.

Remember to dispose of your old cell phone battery properly by recycling it. It is environmentally friendly to recycle all batteries, especially Li-Ion and Ni-Cad batteries since these materials are hard on the environment and can be easily reused. These can either be left at a cell phone dealer or taken to your local recycling center.

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