Common Mistakes You Make While Charging Your Phone 1
by Aether in
Phones Tech

Last Updated on January 22, 2019 by Aether

Gadgets these days have so many different functions that they’ve become everything a person might need, all stuffed into a palm-sized device. The one big drawback of this technological advancement is that batteries can’t keep up with the workload and end up dying too quickly. While mobile producers continue to improve on batteries to make them charge faster and last longer, people still keep doing all kinds of crazy stuff because they believe it will extend the life of their battery.

Charging your phone to the max before using it for the first time

We’ve all heard of this one I’m sure. You bring your phone home from the store, plug it in, and wait until your new baby is full to the brim. In fact, some mobile salespeople even recommend doing this. It is, however, nothing but a myth; cell phone batteries work best when they’re charged only up to 40-80%. That’s why you’ll be perfectly fine if you just buy a phone, take it out of the box and start using it right away. However, there’s one important thing to remember is if you fire up your new cell phone and notice that the battery indicator shows less than 40 percent charge you should probably take it back to the store.

Not using your phone while it’s charging

Tons of people are convinced that if they use their cell phone while it’s charging it will harm the battery’s lifespan. Others believe that in this case, the battery won’t charge as well as it can when it’s not in use. You’ll probably be happy to know that this too is a misconception as it doesn’t matter whether you’re using your phone or not it’ll still charge the same way. Consider this, even when you aren’t working with your gadget, it’s still completing some difficult tasks of its own, like synchronising data, this means that you can easily add several more tasks to this workload.

Assuming that different charger brands will ruin your battery

Now it is true that some off-brand chargers may not be the best choice for your phone, and they do typically take longer to charge the battery, but if the charger isn’t badly made it shouldn’t harm your phone. Therefore, if you need to urgently charge your phone in an emergency or the factory charger it came with doesn’t work anymore, you can get any cheap version that’s compatible with your smartphone. Unfortunately this doesn’t apply to the Droid Turbo, as it requires a charger designed specifically for this device.

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Assuming that turning your phone off will cause damage to the battery

Yes if you leave your phone off for an extended amount of time its battery is going to die, as that’s a totally normal thing all batteries do; but, if you just turn off your device occasionally, nothing dramatic should happen. In fact, some devices may actually start working more effectively after you reboot them as doing this also helps restore the functionality of the batteries

Trying to train your battery

Some people think that they can train their battery so that it’ll be able to hold more charge. They let the battery drain completely before recharging it again and never charge their phone if it’s only at 50-60%. Their reasoning is that batteries have memory and if you don’t wait to charge your phone before it’s almost hit 0% the battery won’t work as well as it used to. This idea has no ground to stand on so feel free to charge your phone even if the battery is as full as 90%. Charging your phone frequently doesn’t hurt the battery.

Fear of damaging your battery while charging overnight

While overnight charging doesn’t harm your phone in any way it’s still not the most effective way to do it. If you want to extend your battery’s lifespan keep it charged between 40-80%, as believe it or not, this actually helps the battery live the longest.

Freezing your battery, literally

This misconception goes way back to the 80s, when people would put batteries in the freezer for short periods of time to make them work longer, but freezing your phone does nothing more than kill the battery. Lithium-ion batteries react badly to both cold and heat; therefore the best temperature for this sort of battery is room temperature.

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Using task managers to prolong battery life

Forget everything you’ve ever been told about task managers – they do not prolong your battery life! Your device’s performance is being dealt will via the inbuilt system. Third-party task managers are actually more likely to decrease your phone’s performance. Sure, they can control the apps you use but they really will damage the battery.

Fearing to leave your phone charger plugged in

You’ve probably heard that after you finished charging your mobile device you should unplug the charger from the wall, for fire and safety reasons. Well, leaving your charger dangling from the wall is ill-advised only in the following situations: you have pets, your charger makes weird noises, or you have leaks in your house or apartment complex. In all other cases, it’s perfectly safe to leave your charger plugged in; it’s up to you to decide whether or not to do this.

Believing that the internet runs your battery down

First of all, let’s specify what you’re using the internet for. If you’re doing graphic intensive activities such as online gaming or watching bright videos on YouTube, then your battery will, unfortunately, die much faster as these sorts of activities due to the need for impressive amounts of power. However, if you’re just surfing the net or reading articles, it doesn’t influence your battery life any more than listening to music does, and if you just can’t live without playing another round of your favourite online mobile game then dim the screen as much as possible to prolong the battery life.

Turning off Bluetooth GPS and Wi-Fi to prolong battery life

The only time when any of these services may drain your battery is when you’re actively using them. The rest of the time they might pull some small amount of energy from the battery but it’s not really a lot and doesn’t drain it completely. In fact, Wi-Fi consumes even less power than your smartphone needs to maintain a cellular data connection. Apple also encourages its users to leave Wi-Fi turned on to save battery

Aether has been playing World of Warcraft since 2006. In his youth he raided 7 days a week, but now just plays with friends doing Mythic dungeons and Arena. He swaps his main more often than he should.
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