Correct Ways To Charge Batteries
Inappropriate charging practices can easily leave you with a damaged battery and a perpetually dead phone. If this wasn’t exactly an issue in the past, when you could simply change the battery, new generation smartphones including most Apple models, a wealth of Android devices, but also flagship laptops have now limited access to batteries. That’s why you should learn how to charge batteries to give them a longer life. Here are a few useful tips to follow.
1. Never Drain Your Battery Completely
People who are used to older style batteries know they had to wait until their battery was completely drained before recharging. This happened because of the “memory effect” older style batteries had, which caused them to shorten their life cycle unless drained completely and recharged fully each time.
These batteries also get stressed when they drain to 0, and they are happy if you always keep their energy level above 20%.
2. Avoid Charging To 100%
Besides keeping your battery above 20%, you should also avoid charging it to more than 80%. Today’s batteries are just like humans, and the extremes stress them. If you want to enjoy your device’s battery for a long time, try to keep it around 20% and 80% constantly.
This can be easily done even when you’re on the go, by using a portable power bank.
You must also know that there is nothing to worry about short recharging cycles. Most batteries love them and will thank you for giving them short bursts of life-saving energy.
3. Avoid Fast Charging
Do you know that impressive technology that recharges a drained battery super quickly? Well, if you want to give your battery a longer life, it may be a good idea to forget it exists. Few things can stress a battery more than fast charging.
In fact, the slower you charge your device, the better. There are a few ways to do this. For instance, you can use a smart plug and charge your phone from your computer or car. Power banks may also help.
If you still want to plug your device into the main wall outlet, use a “traditional” charger instead of the modern fast-charging ones. Your battery will thank you for that.
4. Charge Your Device To 50% For Storage
Getting a new device is just like getting a new toy; however, your old one can still be useful on occasions. To prolong its battery’s life and keep it happy during long-term storage, charge the battery to 50% before turning it off to stash it away.
Because these batteries are made to be used though, they will still lose charge over time. That’s why you could turn on your cordless lawn mower after winter storage only to find the battery’s drained.
If you want to give lithium-ion batteries a longer life even when in storage, turn on the device every couple of months and top up the battery to 50%.
5. Avoid Idle Charging
Have you ever charged your phone overnight? I admittedly am guilty as charged! Keeping your battery connected to a source of current after it reached 100% is terrible for more than one reason. And no, none of them is related to the old overcharging myth.
Perhaps the main reason why this behavior is wrong is that the continuous trickle can reduce the battery’s stability in the long run. This means malfunctions and reboots. If they could only annoy you if it’s your phone, imagine your gaming laptop rebooting in the middle of a challenging session. You wouldn’t want that, would you?
Then, idle charging can stress the battery. Stress is bad for both you and your device, causing anxiety to you and premature death of the battery.
Idle charging can also create excess heat. As we’ll discuss shortly, extreme temperatures are not suitable for your battery, significantly reducing its lifespan.
6. Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Getting to the temperature thing, avoid extremes at all costs. You don’t want your phone to get too hot or too cold, as these temperatures can strain the battery. Unless you’re planning to store your phone in the freezer or leave it outside during winter though, hot temperatures are more of a concern than cold ones.
That’s because there are much more things than the sun that could cause your phone to overheat. One of them is the idle charging above.
A fully charged battery exposed to temperatures over 86°F is the most likely to die fast, that’s why you should never leave your devices to charge overnight.
Fast charging cycles are also known to produce more heat than regular charging cycles. Lastly, if you really care about your battery’s lifespan, get used to charging your devices in multiple short cycles. This should hopefully solve the overheating issue.
7. Extend Your Battery’s Life
The lifespan of your battery is also affected by how long your phone lasts on a charge. There are a few simple ways to extend your battery’s lifespan.
A quick way to extend the battery’s life cycle is by reducing the brightness of your screen. In fact, the screen is the component that uses most battery. By lowering its brightness, you can easily save you some energy, and your eyes will also thank you for that.
Turning from a light theme to a dark one is another simple way to increase battery life. There are many black themes in both Apple and Google stores, so finding a smashing background on the darker side of the palette shouldn’t be too hard.
You should also reduce the screen timeout. This is the time your screen stays lit after you stop using the device. Most companies set their devices to a default screen timeout of two minutes, but you can reduce it to one minute or 30 seconds, depending on your preference.
Another way to boost your battery’s life is by ditching the apps that drain the battery. Facebook is one of the primary battery consumers you might use, so perhaps you’ll want to limit its permissions. There are also apps that show you which are the apps that most drain the battery, so check them out and take all necessary precautions to extend your battery’s life.
With brands limiting access to batteries, learning how to charge batteries to give them a longer life is essential. There are a few best practices you should be aware of, and you should also learn how to use your phone to minimize battery waste.
If you’re unsure how healthy your battery is, also know that there are apps that can let you monitor its status and health. They are designed to make your life easier and notify you when to charge and when to unplug your device.
With that in mind, all you have to do is apply the tips above to keep your battery as new for longer.