5 Debunking Battery Life Myths for Smartphones, Tablets

February 11, 2015 Tech

Kinkoo-portable-battery-chargerMost of us have smartphones these days, but to be honest, our mobile gadgets really aren’t that good, as the hungry batteries that can barely last through a whole day of use. So we’ve heard a lot of advice floating around on how to keep your battery healthy and long lasting. However, how many of them are true?

Here is the truth five major phone charging myths.

Myth 1: You never need to turn your phone off.

The truth: Your phone may be a machine, but it still needs to take a few breaks. An Apple Genius said that in order to maximize battery life, you should turn off your phone from time to time, especially when you go to bed at night. Android devices as well.

Myth 2: Wait until your phone is completely dead before you charge it.

The truth: It’s better to charge your phone every day than to do a “deep charge” from time to time. Lithium-ion batteries fare better when they’re charged. If you constantly let them drain to 0%, they become unstable. Your battery has a finite number of charge cycles, and every time it fully dies, that’s another cycle out the window.

Myth 3: Using off-brand chargers destroys batteries.

The truth: Off-brand chargers, while not optimal, are fine. But don’t go for cheap brand knockoff chargers when you can at least purchase inexpensive, off-brand chargers.

The folks at Lifehacker ran a detailed experiment in which they pitted official chargers against knockoffs and off-brand models. The results showed that off-brand chargers, though obviously not as good as the official thing, work just fine. Knockoffs barely even get the job done.

Myth 4: Charging your phone overnight kills the battery.

The truth: Your phone is smarter than you think. Once it’s fully juiced up, it knows to stop charging. That means the battery isn’t even in use at all. However, that doesn’t mean you should be charging your phone all night, every night. Your battery life will last longer if you keep your phone charged between 40% and 80%.

Myth 5: You shouldn’t use your phone while it charges.

The truth: Use it all you want, as long as it’s not a knockoff charger which have been known to injure users.

I made a distinction between knock-off chargers and third-party chargers. A third-party charger is an Apple- or Android-compatible charger from a reputable company, like Kinkoo Infinite One Portable Battery Charger.

Knock-off chargers usually doesn’t have a brand name, or they say they’re from Apple, Samsung, HTC, etc. but have a ridiculously low price. Knock-offs are responsible for the horror stories you hear about gadgets bursting into flames or electrocuting people, so avoid them at all costs.

If you want to be safest, buy your charger directly from the gadget manufacturer. Third-party chargers are OK, too.

 

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