Prolonging battery life is a common desire among smartphone users. Each year, major manufacturers release new devices with stronger batteries and new ways to monitor usage for maximum battery life.
The majority of today’s smartphone use lithium-ion batteries. These types of batteries are reported to use at least 80 percent of their full capacity between 300 and 500 charge cycles, meaning after this point, battery strength begins to slowly dwindle.
While obsolescence is unavoidable, there are ways to get the most out of a smartphone’s battery. Here are three ways to maximize your smartphone’s battery life:
- Charge in smaller doses
- A popular rumor is letting your smartphone die is better for its battery, but experts indicate this is no longer true. Running down a phone’s battery to zero can cause unnecessary stress to its system, and so can letting a phone charge overnight. For this reason, experts recommend charging a phone to 80 percent, then charging again once the percentage falls to twenty percent.
- Use high-quality chargers
- Investing in high-quality chargers can be pricer than buying them at the gas station, but less expensive equipment can be risky. Buying under-qualified chargers can lead to overheating and failure in lithium-ion batteries. To stay safe, it’s best to use chargers from a smartphone’s manufacturer, or at the very least from a reputable third party. They may not be the cheapest options on the market, but they’re more likely to help your device last longer and perform better.
- Close apps with caution
- Another common misconception users have is that they can save battery life by simply closing apps. While certain apps do use more battery than others, closing apps just to open them again within the next 10 minutes in counterintuitive, as it can cause even more battery drainage. Leaving popular apps open can save battery life, and as a last resort, placing a phone in airplane mode can keep a device alive longer.
Even though manufacturers are improving battery life with each device release, using the best practices while charging and during use can prevent any battery failure. Charging many times during the day, using high-quality chargers and managing apps can each increase battery health to prolong obsolescence.