While I’m not fond of turning off my phone while on sleep, a lot of people often give their smartphones some rest by putting them on flight mode or turning them off. But experts say, switching off your smartphone regularly at night, won’t do any good to the mobile device.
Technology expert and iFixit founder Kyle Wiens observes that shutting down your phone at night isn’t something that necessarily falls under routine maintenance. According to him, shutting your smartphone off won’t necessarily help save your battery.
“Batteries in phones have a finite lifespan – the more that you use them, the faster that battery wears out,” Kyle Wiens says.
But overall, most manufacturers produce smartphone along with their batteries that only have a life of between 300 to 500 full-charge to fully-discharged cycles. This only means, that even if you only use a fraction of your phone’s battery and then recharge it to 100 percent that still counts towards a full cycle.
Wiens says, “If you wear your battery down 50 percent then charge it back up, that’s half a cycle”. He therefore concluded that shutting down your smartphone at night won’t help conserve the battery, because it’s unlikely that you would be using the device at that time. But I beg to disagree. In my case, I seldom put down my phone prior to sleeping because I surf the web, and update my social media stuffs.
But for Wiens, it comes to show how hard you use your phone. Take for example, if you’re regularly streaming music, watching videos, or using it as a Global Positioning System (GPS) device while mounted on a car’s sun-soaked dashboard (heat kills batteries too), your phone’s power won’t last very long.
Rather than practicing this bad habit, Wien advises us to periodically drain our phone battery to zero percent and let our smartphone die, on its own.
“If you run your battery all the way down to zero every once in a while – once a year is fine – it makes the percentage count,” says the tech expert.
While smartphone batteries come with designated life span, and we can’t do anything with that, here at PortableChimp, we suggest you to buy a spare battery or USB portable charger that you can use whenever on the go and when desperate measures require you to use it.