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5 Smartphone Charging Tips

Smartphone users need to be smart when it comes to charging their batteries. If you don't know the proper way of charging your smartphone, you cannot maximize its use. The battery will be drained fast and its battery life will be shortened.

You should know that most smartphones today come with Li-ion batteries. The rule for charging this type of battery is not the same as with NiMH batteries -- the batteries used in old cellphones. If you still hold on to the idea that you need to fully drain your phone's batteries and charge it up to 100%, you're mistaken to apply the same principle to your current smartphone.

Give your smartphone lots of love. Below are 5 Smartphone Charging Tips that you need to know to efficiently use your smartphone and lengthen its battery life.

1. Don't go from full charge to empty.

According to Battery University, a li-ion battery that goes all the way to zero before recharging can degrade to 70 percent of its original capacity in 300-500 cycles. But if the user charges it as soon as it gets to 75 percent charge, that same battery could be charged up to 2,500 times before it starts to seriously degrade.

Simply put, don't allow your battery to reach 0% charge. Otherwise, its battery life and overall capacity is minimized. If you have a power bank,  use it to keep your battery from becoming fully drained.

2. Don't charge your smartphone to 100 percent.

It's also found out that Li-ion batteries perform better if you don't charge it to 100 percent. So, remember to pull off the charger when the battery is about 80 to 90 percent charged.

The only time that you need to charge the battery fully is before you use it for the first time to initialize the battery. Experts also recommend doing a zero to 100% recharge once a month only to recalibrate the battery.

You might be saying "I really didn't know about this tip and I'm guilty of charging my smartphone to  100%. Sometimes, I even overcharge it because I fell asleep. Well, let me just say that smartphones nowadays are smart enough to totally cut the battery from charging once they're fully charged. So, you don't really have much to worry about overcharging.

3. Charge your smartphone every now and then.

It's best to maintain the charge of your smartphone at about 40% to 80%. If it falls below 50%, you can charge it a bit already. As the least, don't let the battery go below 20% charge.

4. Use the charger that came with your smartphone.

If you have an iPhone, use an iPhone charger.

The best charger for your smartphone is the one that came with it. In case it becomes defective, look for a replacement that is approved by the smartphone manufacturer.

Don't be tempted to just use any charger especially quick chargers. Quick chargers use power at a higher voltage generating extra heat that can lead to overheating. Overheating will destroy your smartphone. So, remember to keep your smartphones from extreme heat exposure (i.e. under the sun on your car dashboard).

Speaking of quick chargers, a very good option is to use Magneto Magnetic Charging Cables -- in case you need a replacement charger. Here are the specs of this cable and the reasons why you should use it:

  • It uses a USB A to magnetic connector for ultrafast charging.
  • It is made of high quality, strengthened material that's why it is 10 times more durable than the original cable.
  • It uses the standard charging current of 2.4A so there's no fear of overheating.
  • It is compatible with both iPhones and Android phones. It is MFI Certified by Apple so there's no iOS incompatibility issues.
If you want to know more about Magneto Magnetic Charging Cables, click here.

5. Change the settings of your smartphone when charging.

This last charging tip has nothing to do with the efficiency and life span of your smartphone battery. It's about making your smartphone battery to get charged quickly.  I know how impatient many of us can be.

Change the settings of your smartphone when charging so that interference is minimized and the charging process goes faster. Here are a few of the essentials:
  • Set your smartphone to airplane mode. This really works.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi, bluetooth, GPS, any apps running in the background, push notifications, etc.
  • Turn on the power saver setting if your smartphone has this feature. If not, you can do it manually by turning off vibrations and adjusting the back light and screen brightness.
  • Of course, you have to stop using your smartphone when charging.
Hopefully, you learned something new from these Smartphone Charging Tips that can help you get the most out of using your smartphone.

Do you know any other Smartphone Charging Tips not mentioned above? Let me know in the comments.


Mayen Acebron said…
Really great tips. Thank you for sharing. I like charging my phone up to 100%, I thought that's ok. Well, I'll change that from now on. But I never drained my phone. I know that's not good for battery. I used to charge and sleep but I stopped doing that.

Janice said…
This is the first time I've heard about not charging a smartphone up to 100%. It's what I usually do. Will definitely refrain from doing that from now on.
Gil Camporazo said…
This is very helpful There are some tios which I have encountered for the first time. At least I have known them. I have to adopt or apply them.
Mommy Maye said…
These are very useful information sis. I usually charge my phone when I see the warning signs. I can charge it pala pag 40% na. Thanks for this.

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