How to Charge Your Phone Without Damaging the Battery

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When was the last time you thought about your phone charging habits? The chances are probably never unless you got a new phone and you were thinking about whether you need to charge it before using it entirely.

However, there are plenty of factors to think about when it comes to charging your phone and making sure you get the longest possible lifespan from it. Batteries can be expensive to replace, and with each one only having a limited number of charging cycles, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of it possible.

Here’s how.

Charging to 100%

While it may seem like the exact goal of charging to get your phone to 100%, usually unconsciously, the truth is that li-ion batteries, the main type of battery used in a smartphone, works most efficiently between the charging range of 30% and 80%.

When you charge to 100%, also known as ‘deep charging’, you can stress your battery which causes it to have a decreased lifespan over time. It also dramatically increases the chance of your battery overheating.

Draining Your Battery Completely

Where possible, try to avoid draining your phone battery down to completely 0%. When you get down to 30-50%, charge up your battery, and you’ll get an entire day’s use out of it. Remember, li-ion batteries only come with a limited number of charging cycles, so the more you drain it, and the more times you charge it, the smaller your battery lifespan will be.

Don’t Leave Your Phone in Your Case

Just a quick point to remember, always remove your phone from its case while charging, especially if you’re using a thick case that encompasses the entire phone, like a flip-side wallet case. Phones and their batteries can get hot while charging, and you’ll be increasing the risk of it overheating and, therefore, permanently damaging the battery.

Avoid Battery-Saving Apps

While battery-saving apps may sound like a good idea to extend the lifespan of your batteries between uses, you should probably avoid them. Firstly, the vast majority of smartphones come with their own battery-saving or optimised modes as standard, which will actively prevent your smartphone from dying sooner.

Third-party battery apps tend to use more battery and can even mess with your system settings. If the app closes an essential phone process, it could prevent your phone from working altogether. Most of these ads also drain your battery themselves and load your phone up with unwanted ads, so they’re best off being avoided completely.

Using a Low-Quality Charger

If your charger breaks and you need a replacement, it can be easy to fall into the trap of buying the cheapest alternative you can find to save money, but you could, in reality, be doing more harm than good.

Always remember to try and use the same charging brand where possible from an approved and recognised supplier. In many cases, a cheaper charger won’t offer your battery the same amount of power, or may not recognise it at all, which is only going to cause damage to your battery.

It may also cause overheating, slow charging times, and these chargers tend to be made from cheap materials, meaning they’re going to break far more easily than their official counterparts.

Avoid Using Your Phone While It’s Charging

While refilling your battery, try to avoid draining it at the same time. Try to put yourself in your battery’s position of trying to run all the services and apps you’re using and trying to fast-charge at the same time. You basically just want to avoid stressing your battery as much as possible.

Avoid Frequent Quick-Charging

Quick charging is a very handy feature if you need to use your phone fast, but try to avoid using it all the time, since it’s designed to only be used sparingly thanks to all the strain and stress it can put on your device.

Of course, with this point plus all the other points on this list, you’re not going to be able to avoid doing all these points all the time, but instead, just try to be as mindful as you can in order to prolong and optimise your phone’s battery life over the long term.


Kristin Herman

Article by Kristin

Kristin Herman is a tech enthusiast and a project manager at Academized and UK Writings online writing services. She writes articles for online magazine and blogs, such as Essay Roo, and others.

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