We’ve All Been Charging Our Smartphones The Wrong Way And It’s Costing Us Big Time

In the not-too-distant past, we were able to go about our days without burying our noses in our cell phones. (Tough luck trying to achieve that now, right?) Unfortunately, all that overuse comes with a cost… in the form of an eternally low battery charge.

But did you know that you can avoid the anxiety that comes with running out of juice with just a few simple precautions? Your phone’s battery will live longer and you’ll save yourself some time, not to mention loads of stress. Knowledge is power—literally!

Mobile phones have been kicking around for a few decades now, and in recent years, smartphones have become the standard. There are many different options when it comes to smartphone shopping, but Apple’s iPhone is by far one of the most popular brands.

You’d think with how commonplace iPhones are that using them correctly would be a piece of cake. But while most folks understand the basics, there’s something important they don’t know…

It turns out that the lithium-ion batteries used in some smartphones are pretty fragile. Wondering if you have a lithium-ion battery inside of your phone? If you own an iPhone, you certainly do.

The key to getting the most out of your lithium-ion battery is to make sure that it doesn’t undergo too much stress. You know… the kind of stress you feel when your phone dies! But seriously, there are a few things to watch out for.

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If you’re worried that you’re mistreating your iPhone’s battery, there are some things you can do to make sure it lives a long and happy life and you don’t wind up stranded with a dead phone…

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For starters, don’t keep your phone plugged in when it’s already fully charged. Believe it or not, doing this can actually take years off the battery life of your phone. Who knew you were doing more harm than good?

It can be especially tempting to leave it charging overnight; after all, who doesn’t like waking up to a phone that’s ready to go? Unfortunately, this creates “trickle charges,”  which is definitely something you need to avoid.

A trickle charge means that the battery stays in a high-stress, high-tension mode for a long period of time. The more stress you put on your battery, the sooner it will totally kick the bucket.

To prevent this from happening, simply unplug the battery, which “is like relaxing the muscles after strenuous exercise,” according to experts. You know how nice that feels, so why not treat your phone to same sensation?

Actually, don’t even bother charging your phone to 100 percent at all! According to experts, “[Lithium-ion] does not need to be fully charged, nor is it desirable to do so.”

“In fact,” they say, “it is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery.” Wow, who knew? Here you thought getting fully charged was the goal all along, but it just goes to show you how little we really know about the technology available to us.

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 Instead of charging it all the way, it’s actually better to plug in your phone periodically throughout the day so it receives a charge in small doses. This might feel counterintuitive, but it’s key to prolonging your battery’s health.

Using occasional “top-ups” allows your battery to stay fresh without the strain of a full zero-to-100 charging session. It will also help keep you from stressing out about your battery’s life, too!

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This doesn’t necessarily mean charging your phone every five minutes, but it’s good to do so periodically throughout the day. Be mindful of when your phone dips below 50 percent and then give it a quick charge.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring a lightning cord wherever you go! If you’re worried about your phone dying while you figure out this new system, you might want to invest in some portable batteries for recharging. But that’s not all you can do…

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Make sure your phone stays cool, too. Both Apple and battery manufacturers recommend that you keep your phone out of extreme heat or high temperatures, since that can affect your battery and cause it to overheat.

This includes taking your phone out of its case if you notice that it gets hot while you’re charging it. Making sure that your phone maintains a stable temperature is the tech equivalent of turning on the A/C when you’re starting to sweat.

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Most of us are already in enough danger when it comes to the lifespan of our cell phones. They are so expensive that we do our best to make sure we don’t have to replace them all that often…

But sometimes the unexpected happens and you lose your phone, it gets stolen, or (ew) you drop it in the toilet. Those things can’t be avoided, but a sick battery can be if you just take the time to treat it right!

If you’ve been charging your phone overnight, don’t worry—many people do this. Still, there’s no better time to stop than now! Your battery (and your wallet) will thank you for it.

Did you have any idea that these simple methods could help keep your phone’s battery alive for so much longer? Just try them today and see what happens!

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