Electronics with lithium ion batteries more likely to die in cold weather

Posted at 1:02 PM, Jan 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-11 20:22:15-05

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – When it’s cold, a phone battery can drain faster than normal.

"We get a lot of customers that come in that have concerns about the length of their battery life," said Robert Befort, Device Pitstop Store Manager. 

Most electronics use lithium ion batteries, and when exposed to below-freezing temperatures, phones may read fully charged and power off in an instance.

"A lot of times it will show misleading battery power readings, so you have to be aware of the phones battery power before you bring it out in the cold," said Befort. 

Befort said it is because the chemical reactions in the device start to slow down. 

"Most of our devices are really a lot like us, they hate the cold so they don't really operate the same way, even as we as humans do," said Befort. 

41 Action News stopped in to Device Pitstop in Overland Park, where they suggested stocking up on chargers during the winter months, both at home and for your car.

Accessories like on-the-go chargers, and backpack chargers can also keep you out of a bind.