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A smartphone charging mistake is a widespread phenomenon. We indeed repeat mistakes while charging our smartphone, and thus it leads towards spoiling the smartphone battery life. Recharging your smartphone is a gesture that is repeated once or several times a day. If it seems trivial, it remains significant for the life of your battery, and therefore of your device.
You know what? Smartphone charging mistakes that you should not make when you recharge your smartphone to extend the life of its battery. We often talk about battery life problems, battery problems, myths, but not enough about the precautions to take when it comes to charging your smartphone smartly. This action is directly related to the habits of each user. However, these mistakes should not be made.
Waiting Up to Complete Battery Discharge
Never wait for the battery to be completely discharged before recharging your smartphone. OK, it's true that sometimes, with our smartphones that lose 10% of their autonomy with a 5-minute video, it's difficult not to find ourselves in a dead-end.
However, it is a mistake if you voluntarily wait for the smartphone to turn itself off. According to a study, this practice has the effect of significantly reducing battery life. Thus, from 1000 to 2500 cycles, the lifespan would pass to 300 to 500 cycles with a regular practice of total discharge.
It indeed relates to how Lithium-Ion batteries are designed. Moreover, it is best to avoid causing full charge/discharge cycles. So, please don't wait for your smartphone to display 1% before plugging it to recharge. However, recharge it when it warns you that there is little battery life left. Following our advice, you can avoid this type of smartphone charging mistake.
Recharging When the Battery Has 50% of Charge
Don't make us believe that you had never done it. It indeed happens to everyone. Often, for fear of not making it through the day, some users recharge their smartphone while it still has 50% energy. A practice that is entirely understandable but that you must avoid.
You have certainly noticed that a new smartphone when you turn it on for the first time, will have a battery life of around 40%. It is because, at this level, a battery works optimally. However, beyond 40-50%, the cells degrade more quickly.
Rather than recharging from 50-80%, for example, it is better to wait until you reach 20-30%. And then recharge. You will fall back to between 40 and 50% and therefore an optimal autonomy. Furthermore, you will still be able to hold on for a long time, until the end of the day with a bit of luck.
Using Any Charger
You often read that it is essential to use the charger supplied with your smartphone to recharge it. It is, however, not true. It is one of the many myths surrounding our smartphone batteries. Of course, it is highly recommended but not mandatory. Using a third-party charger will have no impact on your battery. However, there are certain conditions. Because using any charger is not recommended either.
Thus, with your smartphone, the supplied charger indicates a particular amperage. If it is preferable to use the charger provided, you can still choose another model, but that strictly respects the amperage of the one provided. Otherwise, you risk damaging your battery, with longer recharges, shorter life, or dangerous overheating.
Charging Smartphones from a PC
If using a third-party charger is accepted, another practice is to be avoided altogether. That is recharging from a PC. As explained above, amperage is significant when charging a smartphone. Many users make mistakes while charging their smartphones with the PC. You may ask how?
However, the USB port of a PC can only support a 0.5 A charge. On average, a charger guarantees 1 A when recharging. While the new USB 3.0 ports can achieve 0.9 A, this is not recommended.
According to one study, regularly charging your smartphone from a PC reduces the capacity of the original battery by 65% when it is subjected to a temperature of 40°C. However, when using a USB port, the temperature rises considerably. There is no such thing as a charger on a power outlet.
Note that some computers are now equipped with a particular USB port designed to send enough amperage to charge a smartphone safely. Furthermore, a lightning bolt logo often accompanies this port. Be careful though it is often linked to a software feature of your computer. Therefore, it is best to avoid it altogether. Thus, you can prevent this type of smartphone charging mistake.
Using Smartphone While Charging
Stop using the smartphone while it is charging. As mentioned above, overheating leads to degradation of the battery and other components. Beware, using your smartphone while it is charging will not destroy it; it is a myth. But it is still better to avoid it.
Because, as you will have noticed, when you use your smartphone while it is recharging, it tends to heat up. It's quite logical. So, it's best to let your companion rest. After all, your smartphone is already working a lot. Isn't it?
So, relax during the recharging. However, using it won't destroy it, but it's still best to avoid it. The vital point, keep the device away from heat. Don't charge it where a ray of sunlight hits it like crazy. In general, it is best to keep your smartphone away from heat and cold, extreme temperatures in short.
Charging the Smartphone Up To 100% Each Time Increases the Threat of Battery Life
Recharging your smartphone all night long is indeed quite possible, and reaching 100% is allowed. Nevertheless, if you can avoid it, do it. Because generally speaking, up to 80% of the cells contained in the batteries are relatively "comfortable." But for the remaining 20%, the path is more complicated, and the cells degrade. Haven't you ever noticed that the latter percentages take the longest to charge?
No problem if you let your smartphone charge up to 100%. You can let it sit all night long. Once 100% is reached, it will not charge anymore. Batteries are smart enough not to overheat. Explosions and fires due to batteries are often the results of inadequate equipment. Either a battery or a charger of inferior quality or even counterfeit. Of course, there are exceptions.
Fast Charging Affects Smartphones
Manufacturers couldn't find a way to make smartphones last longer. So, they took the problem in the other direction by offering fast charging. On paper, the deal looks good. Right? You recharge more than half of your battery in just a few minutes. Ideal for most mobile people who find an outlet a bit of a hassle. If all this seems very practical, it is awful for the battery.
Indeed, fast charging is a little like doping the cells. There comes a time when life expectancy decreases. Ooh, the drug is terrible! In any case, it is necessary to say to oneself that if the batteries recharge slowly, it is because there is a reason. Then to push them to recharge a few minutes it is a little bit to mistreat them. You must avoid this type of smartphone charging mistake for the betterment of the battery cycle.
We have identified the 7 smartphone charging mistakes. Now, it is up to you whether you will try to avoid these common errors to save your smartphones' battery cycle period. However, if you buy a lucrative portable power bank, be sure that it gives your smartphone the recommended amperage.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Iffat Khanam Snigdha on September 24, 2020:
Great information provided for people with less technology knowledge ,and infact for many people . It was helpful .
Md Akbar Ali (author) from Dhaka, Bangladesh on September 14, 2020:
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 14, 2020:
Very good and useful. I had questions about this stuff before -- no longer thanks to you. I need to let it get down below fifty before charging -- my bad.