Within a few months your phone may not be staying charged like it once was. It’ll die faster, and faster. That’s because it’s only holding about ¾ of its original charge.
The fact is, Lithium Ion batteries like the ones we have in our phones, tablets, and laptops, don’t like being fully charged. Today, our devices have circuitry that don't let your batteries overcharge. They still let them get to 100% though, which can be damaging.
Charging to 100% causes voltage stress on the battery and will wear down its lifespan. Thus decreasing how long it can keep a charge throughout your everyday.
Letting your phone get down to 20% or less, is just as stressful as getting a full charge.
It’s even worse to let it go down to 0% and then fully charging it again.
This is playing into the science of how the battery actually works. Keeping it in that range will not stress out the battery. Letting you enjoy your phone longer into the day and longer into the year.
It’s almost like a game you’ll have to play. Charge it a little bit throughout the day always avoiding letting it fall too low.
If you’re like me, my phone is always dead because I simply forget. The answer may be an external battery or a case that charges it for you.
If you’ve bought a cable that isn’t the correct voltage for your phone it can also cause overcharging.
It is always recommended to use the charger that your phone came with. If you’re using a third party charger be sure to check if it’s the same rating as the one it came with. Or at least approved by your phone's manufacturer.
That’s the catch with fast chargers. Any charger claiming to charge your phone up to 100% in a matter of minutes is just a gimmick. And if it does charge it up that fast, it’s really bad for your battery because of the voltage spikes and extra heat.
That’s the same reason you shouldn’t leave your phone in your car on a hot summer’s day.
There are phones that are specially designed to be fast charging. If your phone isn’t one of those, be wary of miracle quick chargers.
You wouldn’t want to ruin your phone’s battery.
You shouldn’t see any diminished battery performance for at least a year. And if you follow these tips it should last even longer.
Some will keep being greedy even when they’re in the background. Not all apps only use battery while you’re using them.
Like my Podcasts app at the top of the list to the right.
It’s been sucking battery life all morning and I haven’t even had a chance to listen to the latest Criminal Podcast.
You have to shut these down if you don’t want them to be snagging up all your battery life.
To turn them off go to Settings > Battery to see all those greedy battery sucking apps.