While you curse and malign your smartphone battery for not even lasting a day, have you ever given a thought that maybe, just maybe you are also on the wrong? Although there’s no doubt that still considerable work is needed to be done in the avenues of battery efficiency, the lack of performance given by our phone batteries is partially our fault as well.
How? Well there are couple of things to look for,
1) Charging your phone in patches doesn’t make it last longer!
Although this is a wide spread view, but the fact is that charging our smartphones in small bursts will NOT make it last longer. Instead it can cause long-term damage to their batteries, and it is a lot better to charge them when the battery is close to dead.
A battery company Cadex – on their website called Battery University – gave some details how the lithium-ion batteries in our smartphones work. According to them our batteries are put into more stress if we follow this rigorous regime of patch charging. Also there are many other “malpractices” that can put our batteries under stress and reduce their performance, which are mentioned below.
2) Don’t keep your phone plugged in:
According to the same site, leaving your phone plugged in after it’s fully charged is bad for the battery in the long run. Although we all like to do this as it is convenient to find a fully charged phone in the morning, but we might need to reconsider this if we want a healthy battery.
This is because constantly charging it puts the battery under enormous stress. Once your smartphone has reached 100% charge, it gets “trickle charges” to keep it at 100% while plugged in. It keeps the battery in a high-stress state, wearing down the chemistry that makes the magic happen.
When fully charged you must remove the battery as soon as possible from its charging device. It is analogues to relaxing your muscles after some strenuous exercise.
3) Try not to charge it to 100%
And while we are at it, at least try this when you don’t need to go out for a long time or have a socket nearby. Not charging it fully is more optimal for the battery, and usually keeping the battery between 40 to 80% makes the battery last longer in the long run.
According to Battery University, Lithium ion batteries do not need to be fully charged as a high voltage stresses the battery cells and wears them out.
This might be an inconvenience, especially if you are a busy person or do most of your tasks using your phone. But it is worth the trouble if it gives you a few extra months before you finally need to change your phone battery.
4) Keep it cool
Smartphone batteries are very sensitive, and it is usually recommended that you even remove your phone’s protective covers when charging them. Same is the reason for abstaining from using them while they are charging, especially from using high performance applications. If you are out in the hot sun keep your phone covered in a protected space like your purse or pocket. Same goes for other devices using Li-ion batteries like tabs, laptops, Kindle etc.
Do you have any more tips to improve your battery’s performance and life?