You’ve been charging your phone wrong – this is how to do it properly
Charging up a smartphone seems to be something we spend most of our lives doing.
But did you know that many of us are doing it entirely wrong – and there are a few simple things you can do to extend its battery life?
Obviously if the battery has been bashed about a bit you may just need to get a new one.
But experts have detailed how your charging habits have a big impact.
Most people plug their phone in at the end of the day before they go to bed, and leave it to charge up overnight. But, it turns out that might be doing more harm than good, the Mirror reports.
The majority of smartphones, tablets and electronic gadgets run off lithium-ion batteries which contain an anode, a cathode and a chemical electrolyte.
When the phone is being used, charge is pushed from the positive cathode through the electrolyte and attracted to the anode before flowing out to the different components of the phone. Once you’re plugged in and charging, this process is reversed.
As spotted by BusinessInsider , it offers a host of tips for prolonging the life of your phone:
Charge your phone little and often
Juicing up frequently and in small doses may actually be the best option for your battery’s health, rather than plugging it in for one long overnight charge.
Battery University said as little as 10 per cent or 20 per cent is fine, and added: “Partial charges cause no harm.”
Don’t let your phone run out entirely before you plug it in
Everyone’s been told at some point that leaving your phone to drain completely is ‘good for the battery’ – in fact, this is not the case.
The experts say a ‘deep-discharge’ – where a phone is run down to a fraction of its power or depleted completely – is actually bad for batteries and will wear them down more quickly.
Keep your phone’s battery between 65% and 75%
It turns out there is an optimal level to keep your phone’s power at – almost like an optimal speed to travel in a car for using less fuel.
Battery University’s team says the sweet spot is between 65 per cent and 75 per cent.
So, you better keep that portable power pack handy.
Never fully charge your battery
If you remember the days when the phone shop told you to charge your Nokia 3310 for 24 hours before using it, this may seem a little backwards. But, modern lithium-ion batteries do not need to be fully charged.
In fact, charging up your phone or tablet to 100 per cent puts a high voltage stress on the batter, which can be bad for it.
You don’t need to remove the charger when it’s full
If you ignore the advice above, the good news it is makes no difference whatsoever how long you leave the charger plugged in once your phone reaches 100 per cent charge.
Battery University points out that charges automatically turn off when a phone hits 100 per cent – so you are not doing any damage by leaving it plugged in.