How to take care of smartphone batteries
Smartphones these days are something that no one can do without.It is very important to know how to take care of smartphone batteries. If you do not do so, having a dead smartphone at them most inconvenient moments can really be a life and death situation. Buying spare battery packs to swap out may not be the most feasible solution since a lot of smartphone nowadays come with batteries that are unremovable. In this article, I will share some information on how to take care of smartphone batteries.
How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way
Avoid wireless charging
Wireless charging is can be incredibly convenient if your phone can do it, but it’s not without its disadvantages. The inductive, wireless chargers out there today have this nasty habit of generating a fair bit of waste heat. And while wasted energy is just a bummer in general, that heat will also toast your battery in the process. That’s no bueno. It’s a little less convenient, but standard plug-in charging is going to keep your battery in better shape, especially if you’re some place warm to begin with.
Never go to zero
Obviously, using your battery is going to make it degrade. But it’s going to slowly die even if you just leave that iPad in the closet for a bit. There’s a trick to minimizing that inevitable aging though: leave it a little bit of juice.
If you’re going to be shelving any lithium-ion battery for a long time, try to leave it with at least 40 percent battery power to tide it over. Lithium-ion batteries don’t hemmorage power at 30 percent a month like nickel-metal-hydride batteries do; they’ll lose maybe five to ten percent of their charge each month.
And when lithium-ion batteries get too low—like, literally zero percent—they get seriously unstable, and dangerous to charge. To prevent explosion-type disasters if you do try to charge one, lithium-ion batteries have built-in self-destruct circuits that will disable (read: destroy) the battery for good, if it reaches rock bottom. And sure, that’ll save you from a face full of battery-acid, but it’ll also leave you short one battery.
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Maintain Cool Temperature
Some of us might have observed that our battery runs out faster when our smartphones are warm. Put simply, don’t leave your smartphones under direct sunlight or in any place that is hot.
One of the more common occurrences would be leaving the smartphone in a car parked under the sun. The battery will function optimally in cooler environments, so do look out for, and try to avoid, scenarios where your phone is exposed to unnecessary and excessive heat.
Charge Your Battery Correctly
Speaking of phone charging, there are generally two kinds of rechargeable batteries commonly used for smartphones: Lithium-ion (Li-Ion), and Nickel-based batteries: namely Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Nickel-Cadmium (NiCd).
The battery capacity in NiCd batteries are reduced every time you recharge them. Nonetheless, NiCd batteries have longer life cycles i.e. they can be recharged more often than NiMH batteries before stop working. Nickel-based batteries should be charged (to the full amount) when they’re more or less out of power, and not when there’s still a good amount of energy left.
Li-Ion batteries have the longest life cycle among the three types of batteries but they also need to be charged more frequently (even when the battery is not fully used up) to maintain its original capacity. To keep your battery lasting longer, find out more about the type of battery that your smartphone uses and maintain the appropriate charging strategy for optimum usage.
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Don’t leave apps running in the background
Multitasking – the ability to run more than one app at a time – is a powerful smartphone feature. It also burns a lot of energy, because every app you run uses a share of your phone’s processor cycles. By killing apps that you aren’t actually using, you can drastically reduce your CPU’s workload and cut down on its power consumption.
For Android phones, which are notorious battery hogs due to their wide-open multitasking capabilities, we like an app called Advanced Task Killer, which has an auto-kill feature that polices your apps throughout the day. However, from Ice Cream Sandwich onwards, you can tap the recent apps multitasking button and simply swipe apps off the screen to close them. In some cases this doesn’t completely stop the app, so tap Settings, Apps then go to Running, and hit the Stop button.
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This article is not going to cover every single tip out there, there will be much more ways to improve battery life such as resorting to hacking the software to permit controlling of the CPU speed. The following guides are more catered toward the average user. With the following tips on how to take care of smartphone batteries, you will be sure to have a better user experience when you get longer battery life.
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