If you’re not in a hurry, it’s probably better for your battery to apply a slow and steady charge through a low-voltage charger.
Typically, a lithium-ion battery lasts for three to five years, and chances are you’re going to want to swap out your gadgets sometime in that window anyway. A smartphone is as good as its battery quality. If you are investing a huge chunk of your money on buying an expensive smartphone, it is only imperative that you should know how to take care of its battery.
Knowing how to use battery is the first step towards keeping it in good shape. The following lithium-ion battery charging best practices will help you keep your smartphone battery in the pink for a long time.
#1 – Try to keep it north of 50 percent as much as possible.
#2 – Do one full discharge about once a month for “calibration,” but don’t do it all the time.
#3 – Take it off the charge before it hits 100 percent.
#4 – Try to go from around 40 percent to around 80 percent in one go, and then back down whenever possible.
#5 – Alternatively, a bunch of tiny charges throughout the day is your second best bet.
#6 – Standard plug-in charging is going to keep your battery in better shape. Avoid wireless charging.
#7 – NEVER go to ZERO
#8 – If you’re not in a hurry, it’s probably better for your battery to apply a slow and steady charge through a low-voltage charger.
Your battery will lose…
6% of its maximum capacity per year at an average temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit
20% of its maximum capacity per year at an average temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit
35% of its maximum capacity per year at an average temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit
What is Full Cycle?
A Full Charge Cycle is when you completely drain your phone’s battery, then fully charge it once again. It’s best to wait 5-10 minutes after the battery has reached a full charge before unplugging it.
Sources: Gizmodo, IGN, GuidingTech