One of the essential things to do to maintain the health of your smartphone’s battery and ensuring better battery life, and safety, is through properly charging it. By simply plugging your USB ported phone in as soon as you get home and leaving the charger on until you leave for work the following morning is bad idea.
We’ve presented to you before some advices and tips about how to properly charge your phone. But the details often vary – that all depends on the model of your smartphone. For that matter, we decided to give you tips on how to get the most out of your smartphone’s battery from the guys who built it.
Rule of thumb – never leave your phone overheat
In most phone battery saving tips, heat seems to be the worst enemy of lithium-ion batteries – the kind most smartphones use. We suggest that you should also avoid charging your phone while playing graphically intensive games. Why? It’s simply because of the possibility that it will also raise the temperature of the phone and harm the battery. Note: the ultimate charging temperature is between 20-30 degrees Celsius.
Avoid playing games, making a call, or even texting while charging
As a general rule, smartphone users should avoid using the phone while it is charging. The guy who built it called it parasitic charging and this kind of usage can apparently be quite damaging. Small amounts of usage load prevent the battery from entering a full charging cycle, thus damaging the battery.
Never use a fake charger
Wherever you and whoever you’ll ask an advice about battery saving, no one would ever suggest that you should use a substandard or fake charger. And these guys also suggest that you should only use company’s own chargers or legit brands – this is particularly essential if your phone supports quick charging. How about using high capacity chargers to quickly charge the phone up to 70 percent? While it’s nice to do so, to quickly charge your phone, it has a tendency to damage the battery and the phone while in the process – most especially if not properly optimized.
“Using higher current than specified reduces charge retention capacity of battery cells in the long run. Hence, using any third-party chargers for quick charging is a strict no.”
Zero and 100 – both are no magic numbers
Remember the old days when we are advised to fully charge our newly buy phone? Well, there’s no need to do that this time since manufacturers fully charge your new phone when you buy it. It’s not advisable to have the battery charged up to 100 percent all the time either, as you can simply start using it and run the battery down before bringing it to a full charge again. In contrast, letting the battery go down to zero isn’t a good idea either.
“Don’t let your battery fully die if you can avoid it. I recommend charging it when it gets to around 10 percent charge left. This lengthens the life of the battery.”
Never leave the phone on the charger overnight
Well, it’s not true that charging your phone overnight will probably not damage it. As a matter of fact, there is a big chance that it is hurting your battery life. Since you don’t need to have the phone at 100 percent at the end of every charge, you’re better off unplugging it at night.
Once the smartphone battery voltage reaches its capacity, it automatically cuts off charging. However, it’s all fine to keep your phone plugged in after it’s already fully charged as it won’t hurt the battery.
However, since it’s not great for the environment, they still recommend unplugging your phone when it reaches a full charge. Also, these builders come up with a theory that charging battery to 100 percent everyday increases percentage of ageing.
Batteries have a fixed life-cycle and you can’t extend their life indefinitely but there’s a little way not to hasten its expiration by using USB portable charger from time to time. The tiny gadget isn’t only meant for travel but it’s also design to substitute your phone battery.