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
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:
- Charge It When Possible
- Keep It Cool
- Store It at 50 Percent Charge
Popular Mechanicsexplains 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.
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!
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.