Tips for charging your smartphone
In short: do's and don'ts
What better to do and what not to do when it comes to charging the battery of your smartphone? A brief overview.
** Do's **
- Charge your battery several times a day instead of once for a long time.
- Use the original charger.
- Keep your battery level between 50 and 90%.
** Don'ts **
- Leave the charger overnight.
- Use a charger that is intended for another device.
- Up to 100% charging.
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 better your battery lasted. Smartphones have a different type of battery: lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries. These do not have such a memory. You can simply switch on and use the device immediately without having to charge it for a long time.
Myth: the charger is bad for your battery all night
Yes and no. Most chargers and smartphones automatically stop charging when the battery is 100% full. But there are also chargers that do not. Keep charging while the battery is full is not good. This will overload the battery. Unfortunately it is not really possible to find out when your charger or smartphone stop charging at a full battery. You should therefore assume that the manufacturer has thought about it. Apart from that, it is advisable not to charge your battery up to 100% at all.
Myth: short charging is bad for the battery
This is not true. In fact, it is good for your battery. The lifespan of a modern battery is based on charging cycles. One cycle is if you have used 100% of your battery. It does not matter whether that is in 1 time, or for example 5 times 20%. In short, charging your battery from 70 to 80% is no problem at all. The lifespan remains the same.
Fact: often short charging is good for your battery
Regular short charging times for your battery are better than 1 long charge. In theory, it is best to have your battery charged between 10 and 90%, and to charge your battery for a short while after you have used approx. 10%. Now this is of course almost not feasible in practice, but what it comes down to is that your battery will retain its capacity for the longest time if you do not completely drain it to 0% and if you charge it regularly short instead of once for a very long time, up to 100%.
Fact: up to 100% charging is not good for your battery
Preferably you keep your battery percentage below 100%. If it is (for a long time) at 100%, then there is a lot of voltage on the battery. This generates a lot of heat and heat again and batteries do not go well together. If you still choose to charge your battery at night, for example, so that it stays at 100% for a longer period of time, remove it from the case when it is in it, and ensure a cool environment.
Fact: the original charger is always the best charger
The charger that comes standard with the device is matched to the battery in your smartphone. This way it always ensures good tension and good charging speed. Of course, you can also use other chargers, but in the long run these are less expensive than the original charger.
With the current batteries, you will not notice any misuse until after a few years. If you are someone who chooses a new phone every two years, the decrease in battery capacity will hardly be noticeable if you charge it in the wrong way. Are you someone who normally does longer with his smartphone than two years, then it is advisable to follow the above advice. You then enjoy your phone even longer.