Many myths have arisen around charging smartphones. Many of them are leftover from the time when, after buying a new phone, you had to first form the battery (often incorrectly referred to as formatting). So how should we properly charge our devices?
Nowadays, when most smartphones have built-in batteries that cannot be replaced, it is especially important to properly charge the phone. Thanks to this, you can significantly extend the life of the cell, and thus the usability of our device.
First of all, we need to debunk a myth. Modern telephones no longer have the so-called “memory effect” that affected older models. It was more or less like that if you charged the battery before it was completely discharged – the actual performance of the battery decreased. For example, if the battery was 85% discharged and you often started charging it at this level, its capacity could have decreased by 15%. Fortunately, today’s battery packs have eliminated this problem.
Interestingly, to extend the life of our smartphone’s cell, you should charge it against the previous rules. Today’s batteries “like” frequent, short charging, even for only a few minutes. You should remember not to discharge it completely. If you end your day with a flat phone every time, after two years of use, the battery will be much less efficient.
It is also not recommended to leave the phone connected to the charger overnight. This causes the so-called “Battery stress”, as the battery is always live. Of course, when it reaches the level of 100% charge, the system cuts the power, but after a while, when the battery is slightly discharged – it starts charging again. It does not “overload” it, as today’s telephones are so intelligent that they can properly manage energy. However, a side effect is the release of heat, which at higher doses and frequencies is unhealthy for the battery.
Importantly, it is worth not to charge the battery 100% each time. You will get better results by charging the phone in the range of, for example, 30% to 90%. Of course, from time to time it is worth fully charging the cell. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to access the socket to recharge our device. Therefore, in some cases, power banks can be helpful.
What about fast charging? Overall, this feature is convenient for sure. Unfortunately, in many cases, due to the generation of higher voltage, causes our battery in the smartphone to heat up quite significantly. And – unfortunately – modern batteries do not like high temperatures. Therefore, it is worth using fast charging only if it is really necessary. For the same reason, it is worth protecting our phones against strong rays of the sun, as well as against frost. Depending on the season, pay attention to this detail and do not leave the device in the sun in summer, and in frost in winter.
Also, pay attention to what you charge your phones. It is worth using the brand chargers provided with the equipment. However, not always cheap replacements have to be worse, but the risk of damaging the battery due to their use is high. Contrary to appearances, loading is quite a complicated process. The same applies to cheap power banks.
If you want to ensure the long life of our smartphones, it is worth considering these few charging rules. Especially in times when in order to replace the battery, the entire device must be handed over to a specialized service.
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