We love them, they are useful, most of us own one (or more), some us can’t live without them. Smartphones, yes, smartphones have changed our way of life. They take pictures, they go on the internet, they play music, videos and games. Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter you name it. Bottom line is smartphones are great in many ways than one. There’s only one tinny tiny problem, maybe not so tiny, huge problem actually. Smartphone batteries generally suck!
So what can one do to keep their smartphone battery healthy for a bit longer? We have some great tips right here to help you maximize your smartphone battery life and lifespan.
Battery Life vs Battery Lifespan
Battery life is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged. On the other hand, Battery lifespan is the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced.
Maximizing battery lifespan
Replacing a smartphone battery can be a bit of a problem. If you are in Zimbabwe you either have to buy a knock-off battery or have to part with a wallet damaging amount. Neither of these is good for you. Here are some tips to help you keep your battery healthy for longer;
1. Charge regularly
To get the most out of your smartphone’s battery, you’ll need to charge it properly. Most smartphones have a lithium-ion battery that lives longer when charged regularly. Unlike the nickel batteries used in older phones, lithium-ion batteries do best when kept above a 50 percent charge. Repeatedly allowing the battery to drain fully may shorten its life and
decrease its overall capacity. If this happens, you’ll need to charge the battery more frequently and it may last only a few hours before needing a charge, for example.
Your battery will also perform better if you don’t let it charge to 100 percent, so take it off the charger at about 80 to 90 percent capacity. Leaving the phone connected to the charger when the phone is completely charged may lower battery life if you do it repeatedly.
2. Remove when fully charged
Once your smartphone has reached 100% charge, it gets “trickle charges” to keep it at 100% while plugged in. It keeps the battery in a high-stress, high-tension state, which wears down the chemistry within.
Without going any further into the chemistry involved we have this to say: ONCE YOUR BATTERY REACHES 100%, REMOVE THE CHARGER!!!
3. Try not to charge to 100%
Well this one is a bit difficult, but if you can then try not to.
Li-ion does not need to be fully charged, nor is it desirable to do so. In fact, it is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery and wears it away in the long run. Battery University
As previously stated, this may seem a bit undesirably, especially if you’re trying to keep your smartphone charged all day. You should just plug it in whenever you can during the day, and you’ll be fine.
4. Keep it cool
Smartphone batteries are so sensitive to heat. Avoid exposing your phone to direct sunlight. Phone manufactures like Apple also discourage the use of ‘some’ phone covers as they cause poor heat dissemination.
Maximizing battery life
1. Screen Brightness, Vibration and Power-Saving Mode
While your phone will chow up battery regardless of how you use it, you can lessen the rate. Most smartphones have an auto-brightness setting that automatically adjusts the display’s brightness based on the lighting
of your environment. If you normally have the display set to full brightness, enable the auto option to save a chunk of battery life.
Vibration also uses extra battery power, so if you don’t need it, disable it. Some phone allow the user to disable vibration for specific tasks e.g notifications, keypad vibration etc. Disable whatever you can work without.
2. Location Services, Running Apps and Notifications
If you’ve enabled location services for maps or the GPS on your phone, the device is constantly scanning to determine your position on the map. Some location-based third-party apps do this, too. Your phone runs out of power rapidly if you leave location services on all the time. To save battery life, disable these services and turn them on only when necessary.
Some apps run in the background until you explicitly shut them down. You may not even know they’re running at all. Most phones have a usage menu where you can see running apps, shut them down and even determine how much space they’re taking up on the phone. Check this menu regularly, and close apps you don’t use.
Many smartphones feature a notifications system that alerts you to everything from new text messages to social-network updates. If you turned on automatic syncing for apps, email and other online accounts, the constant stream of updates can drain your battery fast. Disable notifications for apps and other unwanted services to save power.
3. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC
While Wi-Fi is great and all, its also very power consuming. Turn Wi-Fi on only when you want to get online, and turn it off immediately after. Bluetooth and NFC (Near Field Communication) allow your phone to communicate with other devices, but the connection requires extra power. Don’t leave Bluetooth on all of the time, and remember to disable it when you’re done with it.