The Misconceptions About Mobile Phone Battery

It’s 2018 but we still worry about that charger we left in the power socket, the iron we forgot to unplug, the laptop we left on all night, and to discharge the phone to 0% so that the battery won’t break. Do we need to continue to worry about these things?

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People seem to think that using a phone while it charges will have a negative impact on the quality of charge the battery gets. But unless you're using a low-quality knock-off charger, this is not remotely true. Your battery will charge as expected whether or not you use the device. Think about it this way. With smartphones, chances are the only way there is no syncing of data  is if the phone is off. So even when you aren't literally using your phone, your phone is using your phone and data is being synced. So go ahead and use that phone while it charges.

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Your battery should always be empty or almost empty before recharging: This is true for nickel-cadmium batteries, as their capacity decreases if you recharge them too soon. However, this does not apply to lithium-ion batteries, which are the type of batteries used in modern smartphones.

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Using the wrong power adapter is bad for your battery: There are no wrong power adapters. At least not for modern smartphones, which use USB connectors for recharging. Modern battery packs have safeguards in place that allow only input they can handle – so you can use any adapter that fits your phone, and iPhone users can use Android chargers without concern. The only difference you may notice is charging speed.

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Always fully charge your device to ensure maximum battery life: This is also not true, the perfect charge level is actually between 30% and 70%. It might even be better for your battery life if you charge in several short bursts instead of always charging to 100%. Android and Apple both are both remarkably efficient in how they allocate resources to background apps. RAM is usually the culprit, and if you check usage statistics you might find that background processes are using up quite a bit of your system resources. The thing is, when the additional resources are needed for the app you’re using, the device will automatically re allocate these resources from the apps you are not using. 

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Your device can be turned off any time you aren’t downloading or installing system updates. In fact, you should turn off your device from time to time in order to give it a break. So it is better to understand these myths that will change your perception towards your smart phone's battery.