Lithium-ion batteries have evolved. They’re now smarter, especially now that new smartphones boast of higher capacities and need more systems to regulate their internal power. So while you’re looking at ways to prolong your battery’s lifespan, you should also know what power-saving tips are myths. Most of these still date back from the time Ni-cd and Ni-Mh batteries were still in widespread use.
Let’s take a look at some of these myths and discover the truth:
1. You need to fully charge the battery
One of the most common instructions you’ll find along with your device is that it needs to be charged up to full capacity. The truth is that batteries will always have a set number of charging cycles, usually around 500, before their life diminishes. As a matter of fact, completely discharging it at least once a month allows the internal computer to re-calibrate the remaining optimal cycles properly.
2. Batteries are still prone to overcharging
While older lithium-ion batteries may overheat if left plugged in for long periods of time, newer smartphones have internal regulators to control the power flow at all times. Once the phone detects that the battery has reached full capacity, this will cut off the electrical current and switch to a trickle charge to maintain the phone’s battery level.
Despite this, it’s still advisable to maintain a 40%-80% battery power level to reduce the stress on your battery. It will also ease the strain on your wall socket when you don’t leave it plugged in throughout the night.
3. Avoid using your phone while charging
Yes, your phone will still charge at a consistent rate using the factory charger even if you use it while charging. However, prolonged use can still cause the phone’s processors to heat up when used. This is caused by too many apps running in the background.
If you want to use your phone while charging, just make sure to close these apps, which may include stock market tickers. To know which ones to close, use your phone’s Application Manager if you’re using an Android device, or hide unneeded apps if you’re using an iOS-based gadget. That way, you avoid overheating while charging.
4. Mobile Data, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections consume the most battery power
It’s true that these connections consume battery power. But it’s actually the gaming apps that cause the highest battery drain. Graphics drivers and processors function at their highest levels when playing games, doubly so if the game requires an internet connection.
One way to work around this is to adjust your screen’s brightness when playing. If you’re using a mobile data connection, at least ensure that you will have a strong signal to enjoy uninterrupted playtime. After all, the phone will expend more power trying to locate a stable connection, and you might suffer unnecessary lag while playing.
5. Exposing the battery to cool environments will prolong its life
Heat exposure can damage your battery by subjecting it to unnecessary strain. However, the same thing will happen when it’s subjected to cold air. Doing so can freeze any moisture in the battery, damaging it by corroding the contacts when the temperature warms up.
For optimal results, keep your phone functioning at room temperature. Avoid extreme temperatures as much as possible.