Are you committing these battery-charging mistakes?

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There’s a fine line between being battery savvy and silly, so are you killing your smartphone by committing these battery-charging mistakes?

You don’t have to charge to 100 per cent
Believe it or not, maintaining full charge is not the best way to keep your battery strong. Tech experts say you should keep your phone hovering between 30 and 80 per cent, as that’s where it runs most efficiently.

Stop charging overnight
Experts also say it’s best to charge your phone in short bursts rather than having it connected to power overnight.

Don’t let it get too low
Every time your phone discharges completely, it degrades your battery ever so slightly. Even so, there is a prevalent opinion that you should let it run out of battery once every month or two, because it recalibrates your battery meter.

Stop overheating your battery
You may have noticed that your phone is a bit slow after leaving it on the dashboard of your car or out in the sun for too long. Smartphone batteries don’t like the heat. In fact, optimal operating conditions for an iPhone are between 0°C and 35°C, so keep your battery cool and it will live longer.

Remove your phone cover when you charge
Your phone cover may cause your smartphone to overheat, so help out your battery by taking off the cover when your phone is on charge.

Ensure that you use the correct charger
Your genuine phone charger is designed to cut off the power when your battery hits 100 per cent, whereas less-expensive, third-party chargers don’t usually have this feature. Some third-party chargers are death traps, not just for your phone but for you too. So, do yourself and your phone a favour and stick to the genuine article.

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Total Comments: 10
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    Why does my iPhone lose battery power overnight when I’m not using it. It can be at 70% when I go to bed but down to 1% in the morning. Why??

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      Sorry to say Granny, your iPhone battery may be on its last legs. This happened to mine and eventually the battery died and I had to get a new one installed.

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      I thought having Blue tooth on might be a problem. So I have turned it off. You are meant to have Bluetooth on for the Covid safe app to work. But since I am home and not really
      seeing anybody. It seems to have helped a little bit with it being off. No really sure. I think long term the mattery will die. I regularly had to change the battery on my old NON iphone phone. I now have my kids old Iphone- so not sure.

  2. 0

    This article gives the impression the author is not really up to speed on the issue ?? Refer comments like
    “Tech experts say”; “Experts also say”; “there is a prevalent opinion”;

  3. 0

    I have an iPhone 6s and my wife has an iPhone SE. We always turn them off at bedtime and back on in the morning. We can have 45% charge at bedtime. Turn on in the morning and still 45%. But within minutes the iPhone switches itself off. Turn it back on and the charge is 10%. This is a fairly regular event. If I check the battery life in settings it is over 90%. Figure that out ?

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      I’ve got an iPhone SE and had similar problems when I used to switch it off one night per week. So now I never switch it off and just mute it during the night.

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    I understand leaving WiFi on causes a heavier drain on the battery, so it is better to turn this feature on only when it is needed and turn it off when not being used.

  5. 0

    I have a 5 year old Android phone and leave WiFi and Bluetooth on all the time at home, turn off WiFi in shopping centres. Always charge my battery to 100 %. A charge generally last me three days.

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    I had the same problem a couple of years back when the battery life of my phone and my wife’s suddenly became terrible. The Apple store was useless on the issue and no help otherwise. After much research I found that there is a small U2 chip on the circuit board adjacent to the lightning port. It controls battery charge and related matters But is very vulnerable to damage from use of non genuine chargers, in my case a multi port travel charger. Expensive to fix here but I found a repairer in Bali last January who fixed both damaged phones for $50 each. All good since and I use a standard charger now!!

  7. 0

    Thanks for all your comments. I read somewhere that the phones don’t like being cold and that would drain the battery. The nights have been cold so last night I put it inside a sock — no harm in giving it a go! Guess what! This morning the battery is still at 68% after having dropped to 1% the past few nights. Maybe that easy fix is the answer.



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