DO you find yourself constantly having to charge your iPhone, especially if you’ve had it for a while? Chances are you’ve been charging it wrong.
When compared with older models, the rechargeable batteries in today’s iPhones are certainly impressive, however, they are hardly everlasting.
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On top of the obvious limitations of rechargeable smartphone batteries, most people aren’t charging their iPhones properly.
Don’t charge your iPhone all the way
Studies have shown that charging your iPhone’s lithium-ion battery to 100 percent actually damages it.
This in turn reduces its lifespan, giving you fewer charges overall.
While the data varies on which percentage you should be aiming for, the general consensus, in this case, seems to be the lower the better.
Many seem to think that 80 percent is the number to strive for when charging your phone as going any higher requires its battery to use a higher voltage.
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It is when phones utilize this high voltage that the battery sustains the most damage.
Stop turbo charging
Fast, or “turbo” chargers exist, and while they might seem like a lifesaver, they are probably doing more damage than good when it comes to your phone’s battery.
To put it in layman’s terms, turbo phone chargers work by increasing the number of watts (W) that are delivered to a phone’s battery.
This, increases the voltage used by the phone’s battery while also heating it up — two factors that shorten its lifespan.
While we can’t deny that turbo phone chargers are handy, they should only be used for short periods of time, and only if your phone’s battery is under 50 percent.
Furthermore, you should never leave your phone plugged into a turbo charger overnight.
Don’t use your iPhone while it’s charging
It is very tempting to use our iPhone while it’s hooked up to the charger, still, this can be extremely damaging to its battery.
There is compelling evidence out there that shows using your phone while it’s charging can not only reduce battery life, but disrupt the charge cycle as well.
This is especially the case if you are using your phone to play a game or watch videos, which are considered processor-intensive tasks.
Keep your iPhone cool
The last thing you’ll want to do to preserve your iPhone battery is to keep it cool as often as you can.
This will not only help to maintain the battery’s lifespan, but will also improve the overall functionality and longevity of your iPhone.
For charging, specifically, this might look like keeping the iPhone in a well ventilated place, or maybe even taking it out of its case while it re-energizes.
Additionally, you will want to avoid putting your phone on hot dashboards or under your pillow while sleeping.
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