Ways To Extend Your Cell Phone’s Battery Life
Use the same charger on your phone
Most people have more than one phone charger, which is only a good thing if they’re all the same brand. When you charge your phone using those $2 USB chargers from the dollar store, or buy a cheap brand online, you’re risking the health of your battery.
Official brand or high-quality chargers have been checked to make sure they’re emitting a steady charge, which prevents damage to your battery.
Other chargers have a different amperage and cause your phone to overheat and permanently lose some of its charging capacity.
It’s best to keep your charger consistent, even when you’re out of the house. You can also visit a battery shack to get advice when you have problems, or just to check the health of your battery. Keeping up with battery health will not only save you money on future replacements but save you time and stress from not having the device you use every day working at its full capacity.
Get yourself a power bank
One of the best accessories you can buy for your phone, power banks are a great option instead of using car chargers or friends’ chargers that may have a different voltage.
Make sure you’re buying a good brand, however, because just as with traditional outlet chargers, a low-quality product can harm your battery. Some cheap and poorly made power banks have also been shown to be dangerous, like catching fire or exploding because of an unstable lithium-ion battery.
Stop charging your phone overnight
If you live a busy lifestyle, you might not notice your phone is dying until the very end of the day. You can’t have it shut off overnight, especially if your phone is your alarm clock, so you let it charge overnight.
You may think this is the best solution, but it’s time to stop this practice. Because most phones have lithium-ion batteries, they are prone to overheating and an overnight charging session will only increase the risk of damaging your cell phone’s charging capacity.
Get into a routine of charging your phone right when you get home, even if it’s not on low battery yet. It’s important to not be forced to charge it overnight, and your phone and your wallet will thank you in the long run.
If your phone feels hot, put it down
A cell phone getting hot is a sign that it’s overheating and needs a break. If you keep using it, or charge it, your battery is being drained and possibly damaged permanently. This also means you shouldn’t leave your phone in hot places, even when not using it.
If you’re spending the day at the beach, try putting your phone in a bag that closes to block out the sun and cut down on the heat. Some brands will even shut down your phone if it starts overheating, so be careful in warm temperatures and when you’re using your phone for an extended period of time.
Don’t charge your battery all the way
To keep the health of your battery at its premium, don’t charge your battery all the way. It’s actually better for your phone’s health if you charge to 50%, and no more than 80%.
Lithium-ion batteries only have a limited number of charge cycles, so if you let your phone die and charge it again, you’re using up a cycle. After time, the battery will have lost charging capacity and won’t be able to keep a charge as long as it used to.
Follow all these tips and be aware of any changes in the health of your phone and its battery.