You're Probably Charging Your Smartphone Wrong
Every smartphone owner has experienced it at least once: you're on the go (perhaps playing Pokémon Go?) and your battery dies. How can you extend the device's battery life?
Many people incorrectly charge their smartphones, thus compromising battery life, according to a new study by Battery University. Most people know that using apps less frequently and turning down the brightness of a screen can help conserve energy, but the way you charge your phone also makes a big difference.
Here are some tips from Battery University to get the most charge from your smartphone's battery:
- When your phone is fully charged, remove it from the charger. Don't let it charge overnight! If you leave it plugged in, it is bad for battery life.
- Do not charge your cell phone to 100 percent because a high voltage stresses the battery.
- Avoid charging your phone in extreme temperatures. "Extreme cold and high heat reduce charge acceptance, so the battery must be brought to a moderate temperature before charging."
- Avoid long charging sessions; instead, charge your phone in short bursts through the day. The report says charging your phone when it loses 10 percent of its charge is the best scenario.
Here are some other ways to save that precious battery life (as seen in the video below):
Turn off push notifications, Geolocation, wi-fi and automatic downloads. When these settings are on, they eat up battery power.
Also, extend your email refresh time. Instead of receiving emails at the exact moment they are sent to your inbox, alter your settings to receive emails every 15 minutes. This keeps your phone from constantly searching for data, which drains the battery.
Close your applications. Just because you're logged out of Facebook doesn't mean the app is closed. It stays open in the background and sucks up the battery life. Manually close each app when you're finished using it.
Finally, only use the charger that came with your phone. A charger not made specifically for your phone can kill the battery. Just because a plug fits your phone doesn't mean it's for the phone.