Why Replacing Your Phone’s Battery Is A Smart Choice
Is your phone battery going bad, but you’re still not sure you want to replace it?
Typically, the battery of a mobile device lasts anywhere between 18 and 24 months. If yours is dying a slow and troublesome death, you might be thinking of replacing it at a repair shop or simply buying a new smartphone altogether. Right?
In this article, I’m going to tell you why you might not want to do either one of these two and why you should try replacing your phone battery yourself instead.
But first, let’s have a look at the warning signs that indicate your battery is about to crash. 👇
How to know if your phone issues are caused by your battery
While some problems are clearly battery-related, in other cases when your phone isn’t working properly, it’s not so obvious what the underlying issue is.
Here are the 3 main warning signs that a deteriorating battery is what’s causing you the trouble:
This is the most common symptom of a failing battery. If you’re constantly noticing your phone turning off or restarting at random times, it’s most likely because the battery can no longer circulate electrical current fast enough to support regular phone usage. So, to avoid deep discharge, your phone suddenly shuts off as a result.
Another red flag is if your phone regularly shuts down at 30, 40 or even 70% battery, and doesn’t come back on unless you plug it into the charger. This is due to the fact that your battery is faulty and is no longer able to conserve power.
If your device gets overheated easily, the battery is most likely the culprit. Heat is usually generated when your battery recharges. What’s happening here is that the battery is storing all of this heat to keep it from reaching and damaging the other parts of your phone.
Are any of the above common issues you’re struggling with?
Then it’s time to change your phone battery.
Buying a new battery vs. switching to a new phone
Low-performance batteries are often tossed away along with the phones they’re attached to.
Many users think that if there’s a problem with the battery, there’s no use keeping the same device anymore and it’s a good idea to buy a new one altogether.
But here are a few reasons why you should reconsider throwing your phone away when its battery is dwindling:
- Your device is still under warranty (and a repair would cost you very little)
- Your device is recently out of warranty, but it’s still working well for your needs
- Your device is long out of warranty, but you love the model and its features and don’t want to trade them for a newer version
- You don’t want to waste resources and plan on using your phone for as long as possible
What’s important to remember is that batteries are usually the first to cause problems. Which means frequently swapping phones just because of battery problems will turn out to be quite costly, time-consuming and inconvenient over time.
Despite this, however, most phone batteries are designed in a way that discourages servicing and even actively prevents users from replacing them.
So should you even bother with battery replacement?
Yes - and here’s why.
Benefits of replacing your phone battery
Most batteries nowadays are lithium-based, and they all deteriorate at the same rate.
Replacing your phone battery allows you to keep (and even upgrade) a good phone, to prolong its lifespan and save money in the long run.
Here is why it’s smarter to look for a replacement:
One thing many users don’t consider is that the repair time is actually shorter than the setup time.
Looking through different phone options until you finally find the right device, researching plans, purchasing the phone, customizing it, and taking care of all the data transfers actually takes up a surprisingly high amount of time.
On the other hand, buying a new battery and replacing it (whether you go to a professional or do it yourself), takes up to a few minutes - and your phone is good to go.
2. Save money
Buying a new phone usually costs hundreds of dollars, and upwards of $500 (even $1000) if you want the latest iPhone. Taking into account that battery life generally doesn’t extend past one year and a half, switching phones this often can make a real dent in your budget long-term.
As a comparison, battery replacement can cost between $20 and $80 - even less if you know how to do it yourself!
3. Improve usability
Optimizing your battery will obviously give your phone an automatic boost.
But there are also smart tips and tricks to make your battery even more reliable and long-lasting than the one you had before. This will ensure more stability and better usability overall for your phone.
4. Choose sustainability
80% of all discarded electronics are not recycled. It’s no secret that mobile phones, despite their unique and undeniable benefits, pose a real threat to our planet.
Electronic waste is an environmental hazard that also causes lead contamination for our food and groundwater. For this reason alone, many users choose to prolong the life of their smartphones for as long as possible.
If you’re one of them and you’re looking for a more sustainable approach for fixing your phone, then switching to a new battery is the way to go.
In fact, extending a phone’s lifespan one to four years reduces its environmental impact by a whopping 40%.
Why it’s worth replacing your phone battery yourself
Now that you've seen the benefits of replacing your battery instead of switching to a new phone, you might be wondering how to do it. There are 3 options you can choose from:
- Take it to a repair shop: reliable, but expensive - you'll spend about 80€ and a few hours getting there and back;
- Get help from an Apple store: less expensive, but the replacement is still costly,
takes hours to be completed and is only possible if they have a replacement battery in stock;
- Do it yourself: have it ready in less than 15 minutes for as little as 25€.
Going to a store for support isn’t a bad option, but if you’re looking to save lots of time and money, replacing the battery yourself helps with both.
A deteriorated battery is not a death sentence for your smartphone. In fact, it should be an opportunity to optimize your device and make it even sharper and faster.
Replacing your battery instead of buying a new phone saves you money and time (especially if you do it yourself), and it’s also much more environmentally-friendly.
It’s not a quick fix, but rather a solution that will improve your overall experience with your smartphone long-term.
If you’re interested in learning how to change your phone battery all by yourself, take a look at our battery replacement guides here.