Tips for charging your smartphone
In short: do's and don'ts
What should and shouldn't you do when it comes to charging your smartphone's battery? A brief overview.
- Charge your battery briefly several times a day instead of once.
- Use the original charger.
- Keep your battery level between 20 and 80%.
- Leave it on the charger all night.
- Use a charger intended for another device.
- Charge up to 100%.
Myth: first completely empty, then 12 hours of charging
This dates from the time before the smartphone. In the past, mobile phones had a nickel-cadmium battery. These batteries have a 'memory'. The longer the battery was charged the first time, the greater the memory and the longer your battery lasted. Smartphones have a different battery type: lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries. These don't have such a memory. You can simply switch on and use the device immediately without having to charge it for a long time.
Myth: charging your phone all night is bad
Yes and no. Most chargers and smartphones automatically stop charging when the battery is 100% full. But there are also chargers that don't stop automatically. Charging while the battery is full isn't good. This will overload the battery. Unfortunately, it's not really possible to find out when your charger or smartphone stops charging at a full battery. You'll just have to assume the manufacturer has thought about it. Apart from that, it's recommended not to charge your battery up to 100% at all.
Myth: short charging is bad for the battery
This isn't true. In fact, it's good for your battery. The lifespan of a modern battery is based on charging cycles. A full cycle is completed when you've used 100% of your battery. It doesn't matter whether you use 100% battery power in one go, or 5 times 20%. In short, charging your battery from 70% to 80% is no problem at all. The lifespan remains the same.
Fact: short charging often is good for your battery
Regular short charging cycles are better for your battery than a single long one. In theory, it's recommended to always have your battery charged between 20% and 80%. In reality, this isn't always feasible. But it boils down to this: your battery keeps its capacity for longer if you don't let it run out to 0% and if you regularly charge it briefly instead of up to 100% in a single charge.
Fact: charging up to 100% isn't good for your battery
Ideally, you should keep your battery percentage below 100%. If it's at 100% (for a longer time), then there is a lot of voltage on the battery. This generates a lot of heat and heat and batteries don't go well together. If you still choose to leave your battery on the charger at night, keeping it at 100% for a long time, remove it from the case if it's in it and ensure a cool environment.
Fact: the original charger is always the best charger
The charger that is included with the device is tuned to the battery in your smartphone. This ensures the right voltage and the right charging speed. Of course, you can also use other chargers. But in the long run, they're less battery friendly than the original charger.
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