If you have parents or any old-school users of modern-day technology you would realize, they have different antiquated ideas about how to manage your smartphone battery. people would often listen because, with age comes wisdom. Technology has proven to be different and as such, young means smarter.
Smartphone users go through extreme measures to keep their battery life as long as possible. Some of these include; draining their batteries in other to “train its memory”, leaving batteries in refrigerators to extend the battery life, and preventing their device from making a complete charge so as to “prevent over charging”. While many of these “measures” have been proven not to have any positive effect on the modern-day lithium ion batteries, some are said to critically damage and reduce battery life.
Here are several myths and misconceptions worth debunking as their regular practice can harm battery life and reduce the overall satisfaction of using a smart technology.
1. Charging your phone overnight will damage your battery
False. This myth originated as a result of the belief that overcharging your smartphone is possible. Most smartphones are “smart” enough to detect when a battery is at full capacity and will stop charging. However, smartphones should not be charged for long hours every night to prevent regular heating of the phone.
Most batteries will last a little longer if you keep charge regularly between 40% and 80%. This can give you a few months extra on your battery life.
2. New smartphones are to be fully charged before first use
The is probably the most widespread myth about smartphones. Smartphones manufactures keep battery charge at about half the capacity to prolong battery life as much as possible. The act of keeping your battery charge between 40% and 80% should be a practice from the first use
Side note: If turning on your new smartphone for the first time and the battery is below 40%, you should consider returning it because the battery could be very old.
3. You should always let your battery drain completely.
Today, most battery never truly fully drain. Regularly allowing your battery to drain before charging will reduce the effectiveness of the battery and the overall life span. Every battery comes with an approximate number of cycles, the number of times it will be charged before the battery starts to deplete. The total number of cycles is quickly reached when the battery is regularly drained before charging.
4. Putting your battery in the freezer will extend its life
There is currently no evidence that support keeping your battery in a refrigerator to extend its life. In fact, cold and heat have negative effects on lithium-ion batteries. The best temperature to keep your smartphone or any other device battery is at room temperature to ensure the battery life is prolonged in the best possible way.
Also, devices should be kept where there is airflow as heat has a more damaging effect on batteries than cold.
5. Turning off your phone can damage the battery.
It is common knowledge that once in a while, smartphones and other devices would need to be turned off. Whether shutting it down for a short or long time is irrelevant. Smartphones’ batteries are not damaged by simply turning them off. However, batteries do (slowly) discharge when turned off and so you should not expect your battery charge to be at the exact percentage you left it.
6. Do not use your phone while charging
People find it difficult to believe that using a phone while charging does not reduce the “quality of charge”. A phone is still fully active when not in used and has services ranging from cell phone reception to synchronization and calibration, a phone is always in constant use in other to give you the most satisfaction.
However, you must take every necessary caution, to reduce heat, when your phone starts to heat up during a charge. These includes stopping use, turning off active services or turning off the phone.
Also, according to Science Daily, guidelines issued by battery manufacturers also specify that the upper operational temperature range of their products should not surpass the 50?60 °C range to avoid gas generation and catastrophic failure.
Technology gets better day by day while improving the quality of our lives, if we must enjoy these improvements to our satisfaction, we should be ready to utilize every bit of it.
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