That gadget in your hand/pocket/bag is a miracle of our generation. Similar to the laptop at your workplace, that tablet hidden by your rucksack, perhaps on your wrist too, that watch. And despite the capabilities of each, they all owe it to one supreme, if I may say, component to be grateful for, one you ought to understand how to care for: A battery. Step one to getting to know your gadget’s battery is by narrowing down the type. The first type you may think of (which is probably the one you grew up knowing, nickel-metal hydride, also NiMH batteries. They, in general, are those resembling the normal disposable ones, just that they have the allowance to recharge when in need of a bit of extra juice in case your remote dies. So how do we cherish this little fella? Easy;
#1. Keep the battery cool
It’s simple to get concerned about terrible charging habits due to the sort of training old rechargeable batteries have put us through, however, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are with a greater foe than charging that’s sub-optimal : Heat. The battery your smartphone possesses faces degradation much faster when hot, in spite of it’s state, be it in use or just lazing around in the house.
At a mean temperature 32°F, a li-ion battery will forfeit 6% of its peak capacity each year. Now, at 77°, that jumps to 20%, and with 104° it’s a jaw dropping 35%. Well, it may not be exact, practical (or even sane for that matter) to house your buddy in a fridge, however, it’s worth keeping it from long periods in cars that are hot(not hot cars if you know what I mean) and that sort of thing.
#2. Connections and Signals
As you are on the move this place to the next, your phone seeks a network bandwidth, which is a quest in need of much processing power, therefore, obviously battery life. Bluetooth can absolutely drain battery real quick, because your phone is constantly in pursuit of a connection be it in areas having weak or zero signal. To have your battery life increase, well, ensure there’s a good signal at the place you are when using your phone.
Widgets, need to be constantly connected in order to acquire weather data, stock updates or sports scores, so does the GPS location. In addition, Internet usage as well as flash photography contributes to quicker battery drain. Airplane/Flight mode, which we all know what it does, provides a swift way of preventing battery drain from signal search, so does turning connection modes that you don’t really need off.
#3. Never Get to zero
If you’re planning to be keeping any li-ion battery a some considerable period of time, try leaving it with minimum 40% power just to tide it over. Li-ion batteries do not really hemorrhage power if not being used, but they’ll, however, lose perhaps 5%-10% of charge on a monthly basis.
And when li-ion batteries get to al all time low, literally zero percent, they get really unstable, as well as dangerous if you want to charge it. To avoid explosion-type calamities whenever you intend to charge a battery that has been just sitting around maybe a month or two, li-ion batteries contain self-destruct circuits which are built-in, which will disable (AKA destroy) your battery eternally, if it gets to rock bottom. Sure, that will spare you an acid-full face, but you will be one battery short.
#4. Only use fast charging when necessary
Many newer phones have some kind of, you know, “fast charging” aspect. These suckers allow you to juice your phone from 0%-50% in barely half an hour. Well, it’s a real life-saver, when you only have almost no time to spare, however, it’s as well not good for you battery. Surprise!
Li-ion batteries live longest when charged-discharged at speeds that are low and consistent. However, seeing as fast charging set only at the start of charge cycles—and smartphones as well as their chargers (pun intended) are ‘smart’ enough to apply the bit of extra voltage only when useful—the damage, however, isn’t that bad. Still though, if not rushing, it’s better that your battery applies a slow, steady charge by a low-voltage charger.
Well, I can’t say that’s everything on caring for your smartphone’s battery, but it’s a pretty darn good place to start from. Cheers!