Are You Charging Your Smartphone Correctly – Check this guide

Smartphones have changed our era, but they have terrible battery life.

Batteries do not enjoy eternal life. Most smartphone manufacturers say their devices rate their batteries at 300-500 cycles. Apple claims that its laptop batteries reach 80 percent of their original capacity after 1,000 charges. After this point batteries aren’t able to hold as much electricity and will power your device for increasingly shorter periods of time.

If you want to keep your smartphone battery in top condition and go about your day without worrying about battery life, you need to change a few things.

Don’t keep it Plugged after 100%

According to Battery University, leaving your phone plugged in when it’s fully charged, like you might overnight, is bad for the battery in the long run.

Once your smartphone has reached 100% charge, it gets “trickle charges” to keep it at 100% while plugged in. It keeps the battery in a high-stress, high-tension state, which wears down the chemistry within.

 

In Fact Don’t Charge it till 100%

The rule with Li-ion batteries is to keep them 50% or more most of the time. When it drops below 50% top it up a little if you can. A little a few times a day seems to be the optimum to aim for.

But don’t charge it all the way to 100%. It won’t be fatal to your battery if you do a full recharge – most of us are forced to do this every now and again in emergencies. But constantly doing a full recharge will shorten the battery’s lifespan.

So a good range to aim for when charging a Li-ion battery is from about 40% to 80% in one go. Try not to let the battery drop below 20%.

So, charge your battery when it drops below 20% and charge it till 80% max

 

If You want to do a full charge, do it once a month(“charging cycle”). It recalibrates the battery, just like restarting your pc.

 

Should you use Quick Charge?

Quick charging typically heats up the device and should be avoided as much as you can, as it increases heats up the battery and the chances of wear and tear.

In fact,try to keep your smartphones cool by removing any unwanted cases at charging time or under the sun. Apple recommends to remove certain cases that insulate heat from you iphone when you charge it.

 

[source : pcadvisor /businessinsider]

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