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 a 24/7 lifeline to Facebook, Pokemon Go, or strange Wikipedia pages. These days, most of us are all too familiar with the anxiety that comes from seeing our iPhone’s battery in the red.

And the worst part? We could have been avoiding that anxiety all along by taking a few simple precautions.

With these simple tips, your phone’s battery will live longer and you won’t have to worry. Because sometimes, knowledge is power—literally power!

Mobile phones have been kicking around for a few decades now, and in recent years, smartphones have become the standard. Apple’s iPhones are a particularly popular brand, but not everybody knows how to use them properly.

It turns out that, according to Battery University, which is a site run by manufacturer Cadex, our cell phones’ lithium-ion batteries are actually quite susceptible to stress (much like we are when our phones die, eh?).

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With that in mind, Battery University recommends a few easy-to-follow tips to keep your phone’s energy pumping! If you want to be sure that you don’t need to get a new phone anytime soon, you’ll definitely want to try these…

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For starters, don’t keep your phone plugged in when it’s already fully charged. 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.”

A trickle charge means that the battery stays in a high-stress, high-tension mode for a long period of time. To prevent this from happening, simply unplug the battery, which “is like relaxing the muscles after strenuous exercise,” according to Battery University.

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Actually, don’t even bother charging your phone to 100 percent at all! Per Battery University: “[Lithium-ion] does not need to be fully charged, nor is it desirable to do so. In fact, it is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery.”

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Rather, it’s better to plug in your phone periodically throughout the day so it receives a charge in small doses. Using occasional “top-ups” allows your battery to stay fresh without the strain of a full zero-to-100 charging session.

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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. In other words, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring a lightning cord wherever you go!


Make sure it stays cool, too. Both Apple and battery manufacturers both recommend that you keep your phone out of the heat, since the heat can affect your battery. This includes taking your phone out of your case if you notice that it gets hot while you’re charging it.


Most of us are already in enough danger of ruining our phones in other ways accidentally, whether they get stolen, lost, or even dropped in the toilet, so don’t add another risk to that list!

If you’ve been charging your phone overnight, don’t worry, because so do many people. Still, there’s no better time to stop than now!

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