The way I charge my smartphone has become a habit, and like all bad habits, it's going to take time to break.
Since I got my first smartphone back in 2009, which was an older generation iPhone, I let the battery die or drain to less than 10% until I plug it back into the charger.
Someone told me that charging a smartphone at any time was damaging the battery, and so in fear of wasting hundreds of dollars, I made it a habit to wait until the battery drained until I charged it back to 100%.
Oftentimes, I would find ways to drain my battery faster so that I could fully charge it before I leave the house.
If you're like me and have been doing this for years, I have news for you.
Turns out, you can charge your smartphone whenever you want, and it's not going to damage the battery like you were told.
The reason why you can charge your phone at whatever percentage it's on is because your device uses a lithium-ion battery.
According to Apple, their lithium-ion batteries work in charge cycles.
"You complete one charge cycle when you’ve used (discharged) an amount that equals 100% of your battery’s capacity — but not necessarily all from one charge," their website explains.
"For instance, you might use 75% of your battery’s capacity one day, then recharge it fully overnight. If you use 25% the next day, you will have discharged a total of 100%, and the two days will add up to one charge cycle."
Of course, your battery won't last forever, but waiting for the battery to drain every time before you charge it may actually jeopardize its longevity.
Do you charge your phone at night? Here's what you need to know.
After hearing stories about people's phones exploding after being charged for extended periods of time, it's understandable to be wary about charging your phone at night.
While experts don't recommend people to keep their phones plugged in hours after the battery has been fully charged, they don't believe it's as dangerous as we were taught to believe.
Modern batteries are much better at managing themselves by remaining constant once they're charged back to 100%.
Experts also say that having your phone charged somewhere between 40% to 80% is best.
All in all, don't worry too much about your smartphone's battery. If you need to charge your charge, just plug it in.
Batteries don't last forever, and neither does your time. Enjoy your smartphone and don't worry too much!
Worst comes to worst, you can always get a replacement battery and still be able to save lots of money by not having to buy a brand new phone.
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