To Charge or Not to Charge: How to Extend the Battery Life of Your Mobile Device

You can't make it last forever, but you can make it last as long as possible

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February 21, 2017

Batteries have been in the news a lot lately.

Samsung had to delay the launch of a new smartphone model due to fires in the Galaxy Note 7 devices caused by faulty batteries. Sony, HP, and Toshiba have recalled thousands of laptop batteries due to the possibility of overheating and catching fire. Roughly 500,000 hoverboards from 10 companies were recalled last July for the same reason.

There is a lot of advice floating around about mobile device batteries. If you think you know everything there is to know, however, you might be wrong.

Starting with how to make battery life last longer.

How to Extend Your Mobile Device's Battery Life

Today's mobile devices are usually run on lithium-ion batteries, which is good news for consumers who want to stretch out the life of the battery as much as possible. Although you can't make it last forever, you can make the battery life last as long as possible by following these steps:

  1. Charge It When Possible
  2. Popular Mechanics explains that lithium-ion batteries actually last longer when you plug them in when they reach 75 percent rather than letting them run down to zero. Charge your device to full when possible and don't let it die.

  3. Keep It Cool
  4. If you live in the South or vacation at a beach, you've probably experienced what happens when your phone overheats: it shuts off. Temperatures higher than 95 degrees Fahrenheit can do permanent damage to lithium-ion batteries, causing them to be unable to hold a full charge for as long as they should. Keep your devices cool!

  5. Store It at 50 Percent Charge
  6. If you are planning not to use your device for an extended period of time, make sure to store it someplace cool at a 50 percent charge. If you store the device with a dead battery, it may enter a "deep discharge state," which means that it will be unable to hold a charge. If you store it when fully charged, it can lose charge capacity. It's best to store your device with a medium charge level.

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