With more and more smartphones today becoming the primary computing device, and unfortunately all of them featuring non-removable batteries, it is important to keep your smartphone battery’s lifespan at least to 2 to 3 years. This becomes more important with devices featuring newer technologies like 5G mobiles and Augmented Reality capabilities. [ictt-tweet-inline]A lot of heavy users see their batteries degrade to 60% of capacity within just a year of usage[/ictt-tweet-inline] requiring them to charge multiple times a day or worse still lug PowerBanks around. These tips will increase your phone battery’s lifespan by about 20 to 35 percent depending on whether you are a light or heavy user of your smart phone.
Tip 1: Keep the charge cycle from 40 percent to 80 percent of battery capacity
Lithium-ion batteries last longest when kept within the magical 40% to 80% capacity range. This will do wonders for the batter life even if you recharge multiple times a day. Waiting for a battery to get to zero before recharging it all the way to 100% is not recommended as a usual practice as it reduces your battery’s lifespan.
Tip 2: Charge your battery from 0 to 100% once a month
Ensure that you discharge your battery completely and then charge it fully to 100% just once or twice a month so as to allow the battery to recalibrate itself.
Note: Some users may have heard about the Battery Memory Effect which basically says that batteries may ‘forget’ the amount which doesn’t get charged or used hence the entire 100% must be discharged and used. This applies to older nickel-based (NiMH and NiCd) batteries, and does not apply to the modern lithium-ion batteries in smart-phones.
Tip 3: Do not use unbranded cheap chargers
Most of us leave our mobile connected to the charger all night. While most phones and chargers have circuitry in place to cut-off charging when the battery is full, the cheaper chargers available in the market may be missing this circuitry resulting in faster degradation of your battery. Similarly, the cheap charges may not provide the right voltage and current resulting in potential damage and degradation of your mobile battery.
Tip 4: Avoid exposing battery to high temperatures
Your smartphone’s battery degradation is much higher when it’s hot – irrespective of whether it is in active use or not. At an average temperature of 32 degrees (F), a lithium-ion battery will lose six % of its maximum capacity per year. At 77 degrees, that number jumps to 20 %, and at 104 degrees it’s a whopping 35%. As a rule, do not keep your phone in hot cars. If your phone is consistently used in hot environments, consider buying a casing to protect the battery from the heat. Similarly, avoid wireless charging since it increases heat and accelerates battery degradation.
Tip 5: Charge battery to 50% before keeping your device inactive for a long period
If you’re not using your device for a while, then keep the battery at around 50% before turning it off. Also store the device in a cool and dry place. If the device is inactive for longer than six months, you should charge its battery to 50% every six months. Lithium-ion batteries are known to become unstable when stored at low charge levels and their internal circuitry is designed to turn the battery off completely when unstable so as to prevent an explosion. Hence, if you keep a battery discharged for a long period, you risk damaging it completely.
We hope [ictt-tweet-inline]these tips will help your batteries last longer and degrade slower[/ictt-tweet-inline]. Feel free to share these tips with your friends to help them make the most of their smartphone battery.
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