As cell phones and their batteries evolve, so does the advice for maintaining a healthy battery life. What might have been true when you bought your first cell 10 years ago is probably going to need some updating, don’t you think?
So how are you supposed to know good information from bad?
Assuming you have a modern smartphone with a lithium ion battery, these are the charging myths that may have once been good advice but are now likely to do more harm than good. Myth number three is the one that seems to shock people the most and you are probably doing it every day.
Myth #6 Don’t Charge In Small Intervals
It was previously considered bad form to charge your phone in short, choppy flashes because your battery would develop a “memory” and stop taking a full charge. Fortunately for all of us, batteries are not sentient and do not develop a memory for charges, so you are good to plug that baby in, even for just 10 minutes.
Myth #5 Wait Until Your Battery Is Drained Before Charging
Similar to the “don’t charge in small intervals” myth, this one is tied to conditioning your battery for the longest possible battery life. The opposite is true for modern lithium ion cells and every time you allow your phone to hit 0% you are dropping another charging cycle from your battery life.
Myth #4 Turning Off Your Phone Will Damage The Battery
The exact opposite is true on this one. You don’t have to turn off your phone every evening, but by switching it off, maybe once a week for an hour or two, you’ll actually be maintaining your battery. So take a deep breath and turn off your phone tonight, it will be OK, you can live without it four a few hours, honestly.
Myth #3 Fully Charge Your Phone Straight Out Of The Box
Smartphone batteries are at their best when they are between 40% and 80% charged and these days they are usually shipped with a 40% charge. This means you can unwrap that baby and get going straight away. There is no need to sit and stare at it while an endless first charge takes place.
Myth #2 Leaving Your Phone To Charge Overnight Is Bad
Before the advent of smartphones and their accompanying smart batteries, leaving your phone plugged in overnight could be a bad thing. Batteries could quickly become overcharged reaching critical temperatures and, on occasion causing fires.
These days, batteries are pretty clever and will stop charging when they are full, so there is no need to worry about setting fire to your bedside table.
Myth #1 Don’t Use Your Phone While It’s Charging
The idea that you will be electrocuted if you use your phone when it’s charging became a myth after a woman in Australia died while using her plugged in iPhone. The culprit, in this case, was a cheap knock-off charger and it is perfectly safe to talk and play on your phone when it is plugged in. As long as you aren’t using it in the bath, of course.
Not only are today’s smartphone batteries more efficient and longer lasting, but they are also talented enough to stop charging, even when you leave them plugged in all night.
All of those pieces of advice from the 1980’s, and the world of nickel cadmium batteries are of no use with today’s smartphones and their lithium ion batteries, and you have to forget them all.
However, before you forget them all completely, you should share your most amusing pieces of charging advice here in the comments and see if you can top any of the bits of advice on this list.