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 at 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 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…

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?

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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 the 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.

 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!

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…

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.

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! Especially when you’re out of your element, it is important to stick to a good phone routine.

If you’re traveling and you left your charger at home, you don’t need to spend money to find buying a replacement. Most hotel room TVs will have a spare USB port in the rear that works just fine. And that’s far from the only way to hack a hotel room…

Instead of packing a bulky iron with you the next time you’re staying at a hotel, use the hangers in the closet to hang up your wrinkled clothes in the bathroom while you shower. The hot steam will remove the wrinkles.

If the air conditioning in your hotel room is non-existent (or might as well be), take a towel from the bathroom and dampen it slightly. Then, either place it near your air conditioner or near an open window. The chilly droplets in the towel will evaporate, adding some cool, moist air into the room.

The shower caps that most hotels provide have more than one great use. When you’re packing, make sure you use them to cover your shoes and protect them from harming your nice clothes with dirt or other grime that have accumulated on the soles.

You can save a fortune by making your own food inside of hotels instead of ordering room service. With a little planning, you can not only save major dollars, but also carry a little taste of home with you!

If you are traveling with kids and you don’t want to have to shell out for an extra room or a pull-out bed, try using the copious amounts of pillows provided to create individual sleeping areas atop the same bed.

If you’re a light sleeper, staying in a hotel can be rough. Place a rolled towel along the bottom of your hotel room door to block out annoying and distracting lights and sounds that might disturb your slumber.

If your daytime activities get rained out and you’re trapped in your hotel room with the kids, why not use painter’s tape on the rug to mark out fun routes for your children to explore with their favorite toy cars?

While most of the curtains in hotel rooms do a great job blocking out the light, that pesky opening where they meet can leak in a lot of unwanted glare from outside. Instead of suffering a sleepless night, use one of their fancy clipping hangers to clip the drapes together.

If you need a place to feed the kids inside of your hotel room look no further than the in-room ironing board that comes equipped inside of the closest. It’s the perfect solution—and the kids will love it!

If you are running late to a meeting or your next fun activity, you can use the coffee pot and its hot water to brew up instant meals like oatmeal and ramen noodles in a snap. Now that’s a seriously awesome hack!

If you need a place to change your baby and you don’t want to risk soiling your bedding, you can easily transform a hotel room’s desk into the perfect baby-changing station. Presto! How easy is that?

Another lesson for those who are traveling with a baby: dirty diapers can pile up quickly! That’s why you should store them inside of the plastic bag provided for hotel laundry. Just don’t forget to dump it at the end of your stay, or you may not be welcome back.

If you are worried about picking up bad smells as you travel, packing loose fabric softener sheets inside of your suitcase can be a smart way to banish horrible aromas once and for all! Chances are, you already have these lying around the house.

If you are staying at a hotel where they charge you to use the Internet, you can very often use your own phone as a private, personal internet hotspot. Just check with your provider before you head out.

Very often your luggage comes equipped with clothing clips inside. You can use these clips to keep your toothbrush elevated and away from potential germs. It’s a great way to stay healthy and avoid getting sick while traveling!

During vacation we all try to avoid doing laundry, but sometimes it’s just gotta get done. If you find yourself with clothes to be washed, put a plastic bag over the sink’s drain and weigh it down with coins to make sure the sink basin fills up enough. Now you’re ready to wash!

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