5 Common Battery Charging Myths

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With smartphones and other devices evolving with unrelenting speed, the batteries in these devices must be long-lasting. Everyone is on the lookout for devices that work for a longer time on a single charge.

On that note, many myths and speculations regarding the batteries in a smart device may confuse you about the actual usage and charging requirements.  Here are 5 of those myths:

Battery Charging Myths


1. Overcharging Leads To Explosions

This is one of the more persistent myths about battery charging. Smart devices use intelligent lithium-ion batteries and stop charging once the battery reaches total capacity.  Charging your battery overnight will help ensure that your workday runs efficiently without the need for charging.

2. Do Not Use Device While It Is Charging

This myth comes from the fact that sometimes a manufacturing issue might cause some batteries to overheat.  Batteries have to pass quality standard tests before they can be dispatched,  so overheating is usually rare.

3. Use Only Genuine Chargers

Low-quality chargers may indeed harm devices and might cause shocks.  Having said that, there are many third-party reputable brands on the market manufacturing chargers and cables compatible with most smart devices.

4. Drain The Battery Completely

You might have heard that you need to let your phone battery go to zero every once in a while.  This, however,  is unnecessary in the case of lithium-ion batteries. Furthermore, doing so frequently might even cause damage to the batteries.

5. Turn Off All Features To Save Battery Life

It is often inconvenient to switch off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to make the battery charge last longer.  Unless you are willing to work in airplane mode, switching off all features on your device does nothing to prolong the battery charge.

Tips For Better Battery Charging

It is worthwhile to charge your battery when it hits 10% or when you need more charge for your device for any activity.

Here are a few tips to optimize your battery life.

  1. Make sure your device is not exposed directly to the sun, i.e., keep it away from windows.
  2. Check the battery usage by applications installed on your device. Delete unwanted applications that consume more battery.
  3. Make sure your device locks automatically after a few seconds. Your display on the device may drain the battery faster.  
  4. Make sure your device adjusts brightness depending on the light source. If possible, dim your phone brightness whenever possible.
  5. Switch off vibrations for notifications and keyboard use.

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