Cell phones are an integral part of the lives of hundreds of millions of people We’ve come to depend on them for an array of functions including communication, keeping time, entertainment, and browsing the web just to name a few. With our cell phone dependence, maintaining the health and well being of these devices is certainly in our best interest. Cell phone care is really a simple matter of observing some basic precautions:
o Avoid exposing cell phones to extreme temperatures. Heat can damage the battery and the electronics of a cell phone. Thus, leaving a phone sitting in a hot car is inadvisable. Cold can cause damage to them as well, particularly temporary loss of the screen display.
o Avoid exposure to dampness. Moisture causes corrosion of the internal parts of a cell phone. To avoid this, hands should be dry when handling the cell phone and a protective case can be a good preventative measure as well. It’s not uncommon for cell phone repair techs to work on phones that have been dropped into sinks, toilets, swimming pools, and so forth. Leaving the cell phone in a safer, dry environment is wise but keeping it attached with a belt clip or “leash” is another method of preventing accidents when the phone must accompany the user into a “moisture rich” environment.
o Keep the cell phone secured. Dropping a cell phone is obviously not healthy for it. Again, clips, “leashes” etc. can be a good precaution.
o Avoid scratches and other surface damage by using a case or “skin” for protection. Throwing an uncovered cell phone into a purse or pocket with an array of sharp objects contained in it or other substances that might leak on to it is risky.
o Charge your battery appropriately. The battery is often what most limits the life of a cell phone. Manufacturer guidelines clearly outline exactly how and when a battery should be charged to assure it reaches its maximum life expectancy.
o Keep the cell phone clean. This is more about the cell phone user’s health than the phone’s well being. Think about it, a person’s hands have more bacteria and micro-organisms clinging to them than any other part of the body. Their mouth is not exactly pristine either and is certainly a prime entry point for the critters that show up on a cell phone handset. Using anti-bacterial wipes can help ward off some of these little monsters. A micro-fiber cloth is also good for keeping the LCD screen easy to read and scratch free. * A reminder here that liquid cleaners should seldom be necessary but when used should not be applied directly to the screen on the cell phone as cell phones react poorly to liquids; instead any cleaner should be applied to the cloth first.
Years of faithful service can be obtained from the average cell phone if proper care and maintenance are observed.
By Christine Peppler