You’ve Been Charging Your Smartphone All Wrong
There are many misconceptions when it comes to charging your smartphone device. The most common one is draining your battery up to 0% and to always charge it up to 100%.
Debates have been going on about overcharging a smartphone battery. However, everyone is justified to worry about it ever since Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7s were recalled for fears of exploding batteries. As we all know, it was just a manufacturing glitch that caused all the tension.
With smartphones today, a lot has changed over the years and there are a few things that need to be aired out. Nowadays, all major smartphone flagships promise buyers of a longer lifespan despite the constant complaints coming from users. It cannot be ruled out that users are not the reason why their batteries get killed off quicker than they should be.
Moreover, smartphones are now part of our everyday lives, and while they are helpful in managing our daily activities, it becomes a nagging issue when a simple usage drains the battery within no time. As times have changed, smartphone companies are now equipping their phones with non-removable Lithium-ion batteries. This gives a sense of the limited capacity they have.
There are some wrong charging practices that should be looked into to steer users towards the right path of extending the battery life of their smartphones. Here are a couple of mistakes users make that need to be rectified;
1. Charging When the Battery Hits the Lowest Point
Waiting until your smartphone is dead to recharge it again is not the way to go with these modern Lithium-ion batteries. One should not even let it get close to 0 per cent. This will only wear out the Lithium-ion battery faster than it normally does during usage.
Users should be aware that Li-ion batteries don’t have to be drained so as to be charged in full. This practice only shortens its lifespan because it stresses out the battery. It is even not desirable to charge the phone up to 100 per cent because higher voltage also puts stress on the battery.
Batteries are usually on “borrowed time” because the inside will always decay over time. They simply hold less power over the duration of time it is being used. Therefore, ensure that you always use them the right way to maintain the capacity at its maximum.
Li-ion batteries are designed to work best when they are between 30 – 80 per cent. As soon as it its below 30, that is when you are advised to charge your phone. Also, once it hits 80 per cent, you don’t need to wait for your phone to reach 100 per cent.