We’ve all felt the pain of spending a whole day out of the office and you’re about to write an important email, but your smartphone is nearly flat. Usually with no way of charging it.
But you do have to take some responsibility as you’ve probably been charging it wrong.
Someone somewhere got this idea into our heads that we should wait until our smartphones are nearly flat before we charge them. That charging them regularly will damage the batteries.
This notion could not be further from the truth.
Battery University reported that lithium-ion batteries in our smartphones can suffer from “stress”, similar to the way that we as humans do. This, in turn, can impact its lifespan.
So to reduce how often you need to charge your smartphone, have a read of these top tips from the experts.
1) Lay off the heat
Apple suggests that smartphone batteries respond negatively to heat.
“If you notice that your device gets hot when you charge it, take it out of its case first”, recommends Apple. Similarly, to keep your battery in good condition keep your phone out of the sun.
2) As soon as it’s charged – unplug it
If you’re like the majority of smartphone users and leave your phone on charge overnight – you could be doing some serious damage to the battery.
When you’re smartphone has hit 100% charged, it receives “trickle charges” to ensure it stays at 100% charged whilst it is plugged in. Unfortunately, this means the battery is overworking and it wears down the battery in the long-run.
Battery University suggests you should always unplug your charge from your smartphone as it’s like “relaxing the muscles after strenuous exercise.”
3) Don’t aim for 100%
Your battery life will last longer if you keep your phone charged between the range of 20% and 80% charged.
“Li-ion does 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”, says Battery University.
4) Short bursts over long ones
A healthy battery is charged for short and frequent bursts, rather than one long charging session on flat.
Experts suggest plugging in your smartphone whenever you can, as long as it’s not already at 100% it won’t cause long-term damage.