Charging Mistakes that Kill your Gadget’s Battery

The old gadgets (smartphones, tables, laptops) seem to have a tough time holding their juice and part of the reason why is how you charge them. “Charging my phone is always piece of cake” you say but what could possibly go wrong and what are the charging mistakes that kill your gadget’s battery?

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Some of the reasons could be:

Charging to 100%

If your palms start sweating when your battery drops below 90%, you need to relax. The full charge is not the most effective way to keep your phone’s battery strong. In fact, experts suggest you maintain a battery charge from 30% to 80% during the day. This is the state in which the battery is the most comfortable and will work most effectively. So, stop leaving your gadget pluged in overnight and instead make shorter and more frequent charges throughout the day.

Discharging completely

Lithium-ion batteries become volatile when they drop down to low power, so you should avoid frequent low battery warnings too often. Every full discharge weakens lithium-ion batteries. Experts suggest you let it fully discharge every one to two months to “calibrate” the battery gauge.

Using the wrong charger

Your original gadget charger is specially designed to cut power when the battery hits 100%. Low-cost unauthorized third-party chargers and USB cords are not and may can cause damage by overcharging the battery. In addition to that, they could kill you too!

Leaving your case on during charging

If your phone is hot after charging, it is your fancy case retaining the heat generated during charging. Make make it easier for the phone and remove the case during charging.

Overheating the battery

Okay, this isn’t specifically related to charging, but it is still very important. You’ve probably noticed that your phone doesn’t act properly after you leave it in the sun. This is because the batteries really hate extreme temperatures, and have to work extra hard in high heat or cold. According to gadget manufactures, the comfort zone for gadget (as well as the rest of the gadget related devices such as Tables and Wearable, Laptops) is between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius (32 and 95 in Fahrenheit). After all, your gadget is a small computer and it must be constantly kept cool in regularly basis.

Leaving the battery empty for a while

If you bought a new phone and you want to store your old gadget that you will not use it for a long time, make sure the battery is charged to around 50%. According to gadget manufactures, if you leave the battery fully discharged for long periods, will fall into a state of deep discharge (sounds like a nightmare medical condition) that leads to reduction of the charge capacity in the future. And if you store your gadget fully charged for long periods, the battery can also lose its capacity too. So make sure is around 50% to be safe.

I hope that this article helped you to understand what are the charging mistakes that kill your gadget’s battery whatever it is, smartphone, table, laptop. Feel free to share your thoughts about this article using the comments section below or catch us on Twitter.

Nik

Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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