July 23, 2016

You’ve Been Charging Your Smartphone Wrong Way The Whole Life

We can strongly say that the two scariest words for any Smartphone user are “low battery“. Apart from getting it wet, getting a low power warning is the worst thing that can happen to your Smartphone, and most of us are constantly aware of how our battery is doing and if it needs to be charged. But, have you ever wondered that what if you are charging your phone wrong all the time?

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Our Smartphone batteries are so bad that they barely last a day. But it’s partially our fault because we’ve been charging them wrong this whole time. But we couldn’t be more wrong. According to research from Battery University, a site by battery company Cadex, many people are charging their phones in a way that will ruin their battery life in the long run. The report details about wrong charging practices and why they are bad for your phone.

Here are the methods on how to correctly charge your Smartphone:

Unplug your phone when it is fully charged

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Remove your phone from the charger when it is fully charged. Leaving your phone plugged in when fully charged is bad for battery life.

Unplugging your phone from the charger relieves it from overcharging as if it had just done an intense workout. According to Battery University, removing the device from charging when it reaches 100% is like “relaxing muscles after strenuous exercise”.

In fact, try not to charge it to 100 percent

Don’t charge your battery to 100 percent. At least when you don’t have to!

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According to Battery University, “Lithium-ion batteries do not need to be fully charged, nor is it desirable to do so. In fact, it is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery” and wears it away in the long run.

Plug in your phone whenever you can

MYTH 1: Charging your phone at small intervals may damage the battery life.

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MYTH 2: It’s better to only charge your phone when they are close to dead.

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These are absolute misconceptions.

It turns out that your phone battery will stay much happier if you charge it every now and then throughout the day, instead of charging it for a big charging session when it’s empty. According to Battery University, it’s best when you charge your phone when it loses 10%, albeit it’s not possible to be conscious all the time, but just plug it whenever you can. It’s fine to plug and unplug it multiple times a day.

Hence, multiple, short bursts of charging are advised over one long charge, when it’s empty.

Keep your device cool

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Don’t charge your battery at extreme temperatures. “Extreme cold and high heat reduce charge acceptance, so the battery must be brought to a moderate temperature before charging,” Battery University says.

Apple advises users to remove phone cases if they notice their device heating up while charging.  “If you notice that your device gets hot when you charge it, take it out of its case first. If you’re out in the hot sun, keep your phone covered. It’ll protect your battery’s health,” stated Apple.

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