Ever heard that one about waiting until your phone battery is completely drained before recharging? Phonefinder shares 6 phone-charging myths to keep in mind, as well as some handy tips and tricks.
Most cellphone manufacturers promise (and often deliver) batteries with up to 21 hours of talk time and over 390 hours of standby time. However, with time, and as your phone fills up with apps and pictures, this promise often falls very short.
And with load shedding on the rise, it’s even more important to understand how to take care of your phone battery and extend its life!
1. Don’t use your phone while it’s on charge — Status: Rubbish!
- You can use your phone while it’s on charge, as long as you’re using a quality charger that’s in good condition (no exposed wires please!).
2. Using non-brand chargers will destroy your battery — Status: Rubbish!
- Well, to an extent. Non-brand or white-label brands are good, it’s the cheap knockoffs which you must avoid at all costs. The general rule of thumb is that if the charger is sold in a reputable store, then it’s safe (all non-brand chargers are approved by a governing body).
3. Don’t leave your phone charging all night — Status: Rubbish!
- Your smartphone is, well, a smart phone. Once it’s fully charged it stops charging. You can leave it charging all night, although if it’s already full, then it’s probably best not charge it more (for energy conservation reasons).
4. Switching your phone off is good for your battery — Status: True
- Experts agree that turning your phone off at least once a week preserves your phone battery.
5. Wait till your battery is completely drained before recharging — Status: Rubbish
- Waiting until your phone is dead before recharging is called a ‘deep charge’ and it’s actually bad for your battery. Instead, charge your battery as it reaches 40%.
6. Heat will ruin your battery — Status: True
- Even extreme cold will ruin your battery (so don’t store it in the fridge).
Phone-charging tips and tricks
- Buy an Emergency Power Device. Some of them are small enough to fit into that tiny awkward inside-pocket-in-a-pocket of your jeans.
- Delete power-hungry and unnecessary apps.
- Switch off sync if you don’t need instant emails or immediate tweet alerts.
- Switch off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS when you don’t need them.
- Switch off widgets and live wallpaper.
- Turn down the brightness of your phone display.
- Change to a duller background image.
- Update your apps (the latest versions often use less battery).