What is the acceptable verb to say that your battery has no energy (and I need to charge it)? I though on saying "My battery is finished" (and I need to charge it). This option is Ok? I've never saw English speakers in such situation so I didn't study from them about it.


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It is usual to say "The battery died." or "The battery is dead."

You could also say, the battery drained, but that is usually used when it is caused by something using a lot of its power. For example, "I used the flashlight on my phone, and it drained the battery."


In the UK, flat- (of a battery) fully discharged; dead. For mobile phones, etc, dead is becoming more widely used.


In the U.S., we usually say that the battery has died, or has "gone dead."

If I hear that the battery is finished, I think that it has been charged and drained (or discharged) so many times that it can no longer hold a charge, and is destined for the recycling heap.


Depending on the exact circumstances, your battery could be

(completely) drained

For a rechargeable battery as in a cell phone, you probably want (completely) drained.

Smartphone battery draining too fast?

For a rechargeable battery, I would not call it dead if it was still capable of being recharged.

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