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How to charge your phone correctly: it will last much longer

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Charging your smartphone. Source: Created with the help of AI

During a power outage, it is especially important to stay connected and keep your gadgets charged. As it turned out, there are many myths about the charging process. Until recently, it was believed that it was better to let the battery run out completely, as it would work longer and better.

Experts dispelled the myths and explained how a mobile phone battery works. As it turned out, it is quite safe to charge your smartphone overnight, you just need to make sure that it does not overheat

Can I put my smartphone on charge overnight

The myth of overcharging your phone is very common. The amount of charge going into the phone shouldn't be a problem, experts explain, as most smartphones are now smart enough to stop charging when fully charged, simply topping up as needed to stay at 100 percent.

Problems arise when the battery overheats, which can cause damage. To avoid this, it's best to remove the case when you put your phone to charge overnight. You should also leave the phone on a flat, hard surface to dissipate heat easily.

How the temperature effect works

Most devices are designed to operate in a wide range of temperatures, covering almost all normal weather conditions, but regular exposure to high temperatures above 35 °C can damage the gadget.

Apple, for example, will temporarily turn off the iPhone if it starts to overheat.

"Charging the device at high ambient temperatures can severely damage the gadget," the company's experts note.

Modern batteries are much better suited to deal with the cold. You will probably notice that battery performance decreases during the cold winter season. Luckily, the poor performance is usually only temporary - normal battery life will resume when you return to warmer conditions.

What is battery memory

Battery memory is a fairly old concept that was applied more to older Ni-Cad batteries than to modern lithium-ion batteries. So while it used to be believed that it was best to let the battery fully discharge before charging, experts now say that the opposite is true.

It is best to keep a lithium-ion battery charged at 50-80% to utilize the charged ions and extend the battery's life. So short charges throughout the day are technically the best way to keep your phone running in both the short and long term.

A good quality charger

While you can use any charger for many phones, such as Android devices, it's best to use an official brand if possible.

Chargers from reputable brands provide an optimal and, more importantly, stable charge.

Charge cycles

A lithium-ion battery has a limited number of charge cycles, experts say. Instead of letting your phone run out of power completely and then charging it from scratch, it's better to charge the battery with a large number of small charges rather than a full cycle. If you do use full charging cycles, you will find that the battery may suddenly stop accepting charge and start losing it faster and faster.

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