Today you will understand how to best protect your devices and extend the life of their batteries.
Modern smartphone batteries, more efficient, and without memory effect
Lithium-ion batteries do not work at all in the same way as the previous ones. They do not proceed by accumulation and then release, from which comes this habit of “memory”. By the contribution of a new material, Lithium, they are now like small production units, which certainly need an energy input at the base (recharging) but they themselves produce an electric current, by ionic exchanges, small active particles of lithium, ions. These microscopic elements just need energy to create another one that will be used to use your device.
How to properly charge a smartphone? Mistakes that “kill” the battery
It is the famous and independent “Android Authority” which specifies in a last communication that there is a persistent myth about the battery of phones and other mobiles and which consists of emptying and completely recharging your battery of the phone from time to time in order to erase the “battery memory”. This is indeed an erroneous habit maintained by the advice to use the first lead-acid batteries, however, it must quickly be realized, this misconception is clearly detrimental to modern batteries, those composed of lithium-ion.
If you look for the information on the website of the manufacturer of your smartphone, you will have the confirmation: it is just an error based on the old discharge procedures of the very first models. Today’s batteries do not need to be completely discharged.
A partial charge, meaning not reaching 100%, is an excellent solution that extends the life of the battery. In general, it is best to keep the charge level between 30 and 80%, although to do so you have to charge the phone ten times a day. That maintains lower voltage, which damages the battery much less, charge after charge.
Don’t be afraid to charge your phone periodically, to extend its lifespan. In the short term, you will see it very quickly, with lead-acid batteries precisely, the recharge time increased with the age of the battery, it took more and more time to recharge it, two hours to buy, one night at the end of life. With lithium-ion batteries, you’ll find that this isn’t the case. Even after three years of use, you can recharge 40-50% in an hour, almost like in the early days.
What other mistakes to avoid when charging your smartphone?
Charging the smartphone is a common gesture reproduced several times a day. Although it is banal, it is important to preserve the life of your device, it is still necessary to avoid some errors when charging. According to Phonandroid, to improve the battery life of your smartphone, certain habits must be banned.
- Wait until the battery is dead to charge your device, as mentioned above;
- Charge the smartphone to 50%. Admit that this has already happened to you, for fear of running out of battery and not holding the day;
- Use any charger that does not comply with the amperage of the one provided;
- Use the smartphone while charging; it will tend to heat up;
- Use fast charging, which is bad for the battery. Fast charching is like boosting cells, but there comes a time when life expectancy is reduced. It is the same for your device that sees its battery abused in this way.