Battery backup is one of the most important factors that anyone should consider while purchasing a smartphone. Without enough power to operate, your device won’t be able to do anything. 3000, 4000, or 5000 mAh, it’s all about your personal preference and what you are aiming to use the smartphone for. For example, a gamer will need a much better battery than someone who just uses the device to make phone calls and check WhatsApp messages. So, it is completely up to you how much battery backup you initially go for.
However, after purchasing the device, there are a few things you should be aware of. Charging your smartphone isn’t as simple as plugging it in the power port and waiting for the “Fully Charged” notification on the screen. There are quite a few things you should know.
1. Do Not Overcharge the Battery
The first and the most important thing about charging your devices, not only smartphones, is to not overcharge them. Overcharging devices will put them under extreme stress unless they are capable of technologies that can deal with the extra charges flowing in. Especially if you are using an older smartphone, or a cheap one, you should be extremely careful while overcharging the devices for a long time.
A very common scenario is that, putting the devices plugged in the whole night so you can start using them as soon as you wake up. An average device will only take about 1-2 hours to completely charge the smartphone battery. So your device is getting charged for an extra 4-6 hours for no reason. If there are no other complaints on your device such as slow charging, it is not recommended to charge your devices more than it is necessary. It will reduce the lifespan of your smartphone battery.
2. No Need to Fully Charge the Battery Every Time
A common misconception is that you have to completely charge the battery up to 100% every single time you charge it. But the truth is, it is actually a bit bad to completely charge your device to 100% every time. Especially if your smartphone is powered by Li-ion batteries, it is a great idea to regularly charge the device instead of completely discharging and recharging it to 100%. Lower charging voltages help the longevity of your smartphone battery over time. When you charge it to its full capacity every single time, it will cause the battery to charge at a higher voltage resulting in a reduction in its longevity.
3. Regularly Charge Battery
It is a great idea to regularly charge your battery instead of going for a full discharge and recharge cycle. It may not be possible to charge your smartphone as soon as it hits 30% battery capacity. However, whenever possible, make sure that you put your device on charge instead of letting it dry out. Small and regular charging is far better than waiting for the device to use its complete battery potential and then recharging it to its full capacity.
4. Reduce Smartphone Usage while Charging
Yes, you heard it right. It is not a good idea to keep using your smartphone while it is charging. Especially performing tasks such as gaming or watching high-resolution videos that will significantly consume the battery charge. As the device is still being charged, if you try to discharge it from another end, it will cause a continuous battery charge and discharge cycle which can distort the battery performance. If you are using an older smartphone, and you play some extremely battery hungry games, you can even discharge the device faster than it is getting charged, which is of course not a good thing.
5. Do Not Let your Device Overheat
In continuation to the previous things we mention such as reducing the smartphone usage while charging the battery and overcharging the devices, do not let your device overheat as well. Those two things are directly related to the heat produced on your device. Overcharging it for a long period of time can cause the heat to build up inside affecting the battery performance. In serious cases, it can also cause much dangerous behavior. Using your device while it is getting charged can also result in overheating. So try to avoid these two things.
6. 0% is Not a Good Sign
Do not let your device completely drain its battery. I am not talking about that situation when you should make a phone call. But the situations where you feel lazy just to get up and put the device on charge. Especially during long online multiplayer gameplay, it can be a frustrating thing to get your device charged every few hours. It will not be a problem if you occasionally let your device die during the gameplays. But if it is a frequent thing, you should start worrying about the longevity of your smartphone battery.
7. Do Not Try to Fast Charge
There are smartphone outlets and other similar services that allow you to fast charge your smartphone battery. They simply push your device to the extreme by inputting a high voltage resulting in your battery to stress out. This is extremely bad for the functioning of your smartphone battery. Unless you are in a very bad situation where you have no option except fast charging the device, you should never try to do it. There are also some chargers available on the market that claims to charge your devices faster than the regular charges. It is also a big NO.
8. Use a Genuine Charger
Talking about the chargers, you should always stick to the genuine charger that you got with your device or made by the same company for the same smartphone model. Not all charges are the same, they output different voltages and may not function properly with the hardware of your device. Just because you are going to save a few bucks, you should not go for a duplicate product. If there is a product that has a lot of positive reviews and built specifically for your smartphone model, you may go for it. But that too only if you cannot find the original charger.
9. Save Battery as Much as Possible
Try to save your smartphone battery as much as possible. This won’t work if you game a lot or watch a lot of online videos as those tasks will suck out your battery at a faster rate. But there too, you can adjust things such as the screen brightness to save some battery juice. Day today smartphone users can always make use of the functions such as the battery saver. The features such as the dark mode may also help you a bit in saving up some juice for later. Also, make sure that no background tasks are running that you no longer need. Fancy themes and icon packs can also drain your battery very quickly.
10. Do Not Worry About it a Lot
After mentioning all these things to charge your battery properly and make it live longer, I should also say that you shouldn’t be worrying about it a lot. As most of the modern smartphone batteries are capable to cope with such mistakes that you may make as a user, it won’t affect your battery very quickly. However, it may cause problems in the long run. So you do not have to rush to your home just to charge your battery every time it is under 10% or sacrifice your online fun to avoid getting the device overheated.