Here’s How You Should Charge Your Phone to Extend Its Battery Life

How many times have you had to change your mobile phone because its battery was shot to hell? How many times have you complained about your battery running out after just a few hours? Apple, for one, has already disclosed that iPhones tend to slow down because of degraded batteries to prevent them from shutting down completely.

Well, if your phone’s battery never seems to last very long, you might have been speeding up your battery’s death with your poor charging habits. Cadex, a company that tests smartphone batteries, says there are several things that can kill your battery’s usable life, including only charging your phone when it reaches the ‘red zone’ (that’s when it goes below 20%). Here’s what you have to do to keep your phone healthy.

Remove your phone case while charging.

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Smartphone batteries are incredibly sensitive to heat. As such, it is highly recommended to remove your phone case while you charge your phone. This would be especially important if you already notice your phone getting hot whenever you charge it. In fact, smartphone batteries don’t do well with heat, in general, so try to keep it out of the sun, as well. If you’re charging somewhere under direct sunlight, cover your phone with a towel or a shirt to keep its battery healthy.

Only charge your phone a little at a time.

Believe it or not, it’s actually better for your phone if you only charge it a little at a time. Ideally, you should charge it and uncharge it several times throughout the day if you want your phone battery to work well for longer. These partial charges will not harm your phone’s battery in any way.

Do not wait until your phone is in the ‘red zone’ before you charge it.

Waiting until your battery is almost completely drained is called a “deep discharge” and is very bad for your phone’s battery. This will wear it down much faster.

Never charge your phone fully, especially if you’re coming from the ‘red zone’.

Phone batteries do not have to be completely charged at all times. In fact, it wouldn’t be advisable to keep them completely charged at all times because this will only stress out the battery and shorten its overall lifespan. This holds especially true if you charge your battery to 100% after coming from the ‘red zone’. If you want to make sure your phone is charged all day, simply plug it in whenever you find the time.

Do not charge your phone while you sleep.

As just mentioned, charging your phone to 100% is a no-no as it will cause a lot of damage to your phone’s battery and shorten its lifespan. Obviously, unless you set an alarm to wake you up at a time when you think your phone will charge enough, this includes charging your phone when you’re asleep. A lot of the time, people keep their phones plugged in all night and don’t think about how stressful this actually is on their phone’s battery. Never charge your phone while you’re sleeping, in general, even if it’s just a nap. After all, naps oftentimes lead to longer hours than expected.

Keep your battery charged between 45% to 75% if possible.

According to Cadex, a smartphone’s battery will last the longest if it stays charged between 65% and 75% at all times. Of course, this might be next to impossible throughout a busy day, so 45% to 75% is enough. Don’t worry too much about this, though. Even if you keep your phone charged between 25% and 75%, you probably won’t wear out its battery too quickly.

Unplug your phone after charging.

This is incredibly important. As mentioned earlier, you should never leave your phone charging overnight. Well, one of the reasons for this is that your phone will be left plugged in even after its battery is already full. This is very bad for your phone’s battery health. See, once your phone is fully charged, it gets ‘trickle charges’ to stay fully charged while it is still plugged in. The same way you wouldn’t want to feel stressed out after a long workout, so does your phone’s battery not want to be stressed out after reaching its maximum state. This is is very stressful for a phone’s battery and staying in this particular state will wear it out faster.

Have you been treating your phone’s battery right?

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