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Five Ways To Prevent Your Smartphone Battery From Running Out

Troubled from bad battery backup of your smartphone? Here are some things you need to do on a daily basis to make your smartphone battery last longer

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The battery used in modern gadgets like smartphones or tablets are Li-ion batteries. These batteries get charged at a much faster pace than the older nickel batteries. To get good backup from your battery there are certain points you should keep in mind while charging your smartphone.

Tips To Squeeze Extra Power From The Battery

Check which apps are running in the background- kill those apps which you are not using as they might consume energy. Turn your Mobile data/Wi-Fi connection off while it is not required, same goes with Location (GPS) and Bluetooth. Switch the vibrate option off as it consumes a lot of energy. Turn the brightness to the lowest if possible.

You should turn on the battery saving mode even if it is above 80 or 90 per cent if you want to juice out the most of the energy.

How Much Should We Charge Our Smartphones?

Most of us didn’t know that batteries in our smartphones do not need to be fully charged and charging it partially is recommended for the battery to last longer. Many of us think that charging our phones several times in a day can cause damage to battery life but that’s not true with Li-ion batteries. These batteries are different from the older nickel-cadmium batteries which needed to be charged from all the way from zero percent.

In fact charging phones all the way to 100 percent shortens the battery lifespan. For optimally utilizing the battery, charge it to 80 percent and always maintain the battery level around 55 percent. If the battery level goes down below 40 percent, charge your device again for maintaining the optimal battery level.

Don’t let the battery of your phone to fully discharge (zero percent) as it increases the number of discharge cycles, if possible avoid getting the battery level to go below 25 percent.

Battery Lifecycle

At some point, the battery of every phone dies.  According to Battery University, cycling, elevated temperature and aging decrease the performance over time. Manufacturers take a conservative approach and specify the life of Li-ion in most consumer products as being between 300 and 500 discharge/charge cycles.

What If The Phone Is Overcharged?

Li-ion batteries don’t absorb overcharge but once it is fully charged, the current should be cut off as the trickle charge would compromise safety. Thanks to the smart technology through which IC (integrated circuitry) in the smartphone automatically cuts-off the extra charge.

So if you left your phone plugged in last night then it is not the end of the world, charging the phones overnight does not harm the battery life though some experts recommend that charging the Li-ion battery for a longer period may lead to overheating.

Smartphone manufacturers recommend not using the devices while charging it and also to remove the case to avoid overheating.

Suitable Temperature To Charge The Battery

Charge the battery at a moderate temperature, charging in the limit of 15 to 35 degree Celsius is recommended. Keeping the device in hot environment can damage the battery so avoid keeping your phones in direct sunlight or hot cars which can decrease the battery’s lifespan. Also charging the device in freezing temperature also harms the battery life.

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