The battery is one of the most crucial parts of the cell phone. Ever since cell phone sales started booming, and made it an inexpensive consumer product, the battery has always been the weakest part of the ubiquitous mobile device. Nowadays, lithium ion batteries are the most common type of battery for cell phones. One of the leading battery manufacturers is Panasonic. The Japanese company’s competition include subsidiaries of Samsung, LG, Sony and ATL.
During the late 1990s it was not uncommon to have extra batteries just in case you ran out of juice with no charging capability. Things have changed a little since then. Chargers have become universal, and the cell phone batteries are now no longer as easily accessible. Battery life has also become longer, with most phones able to last through the day with only one charging.
For whatever reason, there are some things to consider if you need to replace your cell phone battery. These include battery compatibility with your cell phone, type of battery and whether you are buying an OEM or a non-OEM battery.
- Batteries and phones have specific power ratings. The battery should be able to supply the required current and power. The battery should also be able to store a given amount of power. If the battery cannot provide the amount of energy in terms of voltage and wattage, the phone might not work, or it might even be damaged. If the battery does not store deliver the required amount of power (in mAh or milli-ampere hours) then you would need to recharge the phone more often. Pay attention to the battery and phone specifications before buying a replacement.
- Due to the way a cell phone’s internals are laid out, it requires a specific type of battery. If you have an older cell phone, you need a nickel-cadmium (NiCad) or nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery. Newer cell phones typically require a lithium ion or lithium polymer battery.
- OEM / Non-OEM. A cell phone manufacturer does not manufacture every part of the phone. Original equipment manufacturers(OEM) are companies which supply parts to the phone manufacturers, this usually includes batteries. When you buy a battery, you can choose either an OEM or a non-OEM manufactured battery. Although OEM batteries are more expensive, they also go through a more rigid manufacturing and quality assurance process. This also explains why non-OEM batteries have a lower cost, and also typically lower quality. UnlimitedCellular.com provides OEM batteries for most major brands, including LG, Sony, HTC, Blackberry and others.
When buying a battery for your cell phone, you should try to get the best quality value for your money. You may not need to buy original branded cell phone batteries, if an OEM equivalent is available. The branded battery usually has an OEM marking inside.