How to Extend the Life of Your Battery

Smartphone batteries aren't built to last

Smartphone batteries are notorious for their short life cycles. Since most are only designed to last around two years, these are generally some of the first components to fail on a phone. While it is likely that you will have to replace your phone's battery if you plan on keeping it for several years, there are a few things you can do to prolong the life of you battery if you are planning on making it to the next upgrade.

Partial Charging

In the past, batteries needed to be occasionally fully charged and discharged to extend the life of the battery. With the development of modern lithium ion batteries, the opposite is now true. In general, it is best to try to keep your battery somewhere in the 30-80% charge range. This is due to the fact that lithium ion batteries become unstable at lower charge, and they suffer faster degradation when exposed to constant voltage which occurs when charging over roughly 80%. As a result, smartphone owners should try to opt for smaller charging top-ups during the day rather than complete charging cycles.

Avoid Continuous Charging

For some of the same reasons mentioned above, it is generally not a good idea to leave phones charging on a full battery or overnight. While most modern phones are designed to stop charging when the battery is full, not all phones stop charging at 100%. In a perfect world, smartphones stop charging when they arrive at 100% and only continue to charge when further percentage drop occurs. In reality, many phones continue to draw small amounts of power which further degrades the battery due to higher stress voltage and wasted power dissipated as heat.

Do Not Use Intensive Processes While Charging

Using your phone for gaming or video streaming while charging is a surefire way to shorten the lifespan of your battery. If your battery is older, you may notice that your device is still discharging while plugged into the wall when doing power-intensive tasks. Declining battery percentage and increasing device temperature during charging can occur when using intensive processes, so be sure to simply turn off or only use light functionality when charging.

Avoid Damage From Heat, Cold, and Water

Perhaps the most potent killer of batteries is exposure to extreme conditions. Leaving a device in a hot car can cause a battery to swell, which can cause problems not only with battery life but also inflict mechanical damage. Much like heat, water damage will also cause swelling of a battery. Batteries can swell after coming into contact with water, and this can be extremely dangerous as it may lead to combustion inside the phone. Extreme cold, on the other hand, slows down the chemical reaction inside a battery which will cause the device to interpret weak discharge as a dead battery. Charging a phone in extreme cold can also be detrimental because current flows differently and will result in a reduction in performance and possible internal damage.

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