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How to improve smartphone battery life

We are all on the go and all we want is enough battery life to see out the day! We have all experienced a time when our smartphone was approaching 0% and needing that extra 5-10mins to make that important call.

The older the device, the less power it seems to have. In fact, the amount of battery life our mobiles have on any given day depends on two key factors: how we use it on that day, and how it has been used in the past.

There’s a direct correlation between the way you handle your device today and the charge capacity available to you in the future. By following some of these simple steps you can minimize the degradation extend the life of your device.

Here are some useful strategies for extending your phone’s battery capacity:

Extend the time your charge your Smartphone

You may have a fast charger handy and it’s the quickest way to charge your device in minutes rather than hours. Although this is convenient when you’re short on time, its not great for the life of your battery. Why? Because charging a battery too quickly reduces its storage capacity. For example, charging a phone in five minutes compared with the standard two hours can reduce the battery capacity for that charge cycle by more than 20%.

Keep the temperature just right

The exact range in which lithium-ion batteries can be stored to maintain optimal long-term charge capacity is between 0℃ and 45℃. Phones should be kept out of direct sunlight for prolonged periods, especially in summer when surface temperatures can increase to above 70℃.

Control battery discharge

Your smartphone battery is manufactured to retain 80% of their charge capacity after 300-500 charge/discharge cycles. Unfortunately, batteries rarely produce thus level of performance in fact sometimes reduce to 80% capacity after 100 cycles.

You can however extend the future battery capacity by limiting how much we discharge our mobile phone batteries. With most battery degradation occurring during deep discharge/charge cycles, it is better to limit the battery discharge during any one cycle before charging it again.

Our devices do have battery-management systems, which reduce damage from overcharging and shut down automatically if the battery gets too low. To maximize future battery capacity, you should avoid that 0% battery mark altogether.

Brent Bryce – Ecor Tech

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