Whether you own a cell phone or are looking to get a new one, the amount of time your battery keeps your phone powered and running is crucial. This data has become so important that cell phone carriers advertise, and continuously try to improve, how long cell phones can run without needing to be charged. Regardless of how well the phone is protected or monitoring for how long it charges at a time, it seems like your phone eventually always loses the ability to hold a charge like it did the first day you got the phone.
Ultimately, a few different issues can cause your cell phone to not holding a battery charge for an optimum length of time. Though many may not know how to monitor their phones, or may not have the time, there are a few practices that can be made into habits to help your cell phone’s battery last longer.
When a new phone is purchased, it’s more than likely that the user doesn’t charge the battery completely before turning it on for the first time. Though because of today’s smartphone models, features and apps, why would a user WANT to wait until then, especially if it will be on the charger all night when you’re asleep?
Consider any time you have read or heard that rechargeable batteries need to “be trained” or “get used to” what their full potential is by fully charging, or topping off, and by letting the battery and phone die when the battery reaches 0. This is known as the “memory effect” and it is a real thing. However, this applies only to nickel based batteries and today, since the Sidekick, cell phones are made with lithium-ion batteries instead. That being stated, lithium-ion batteries function at the optimum intended level when they are kept charged above 50%.
Be sure to avoid “wireless charging”! Though it may be very convenient if your phone has the ability to do so, wireless chargers are said to produce a small amount of waste heat. Though waste energy, or heat, wont cause your cell phone to explode, it will cause your battery to overheat and get damaged.
It is also recommended that you should increase the time between charging your cell phone by turning it off when you wont be using it (times you wont have a network signal, wont be making/taking phone calls, etc.). Though some phones have a “Power Save” feature, it takes close to 30 minutes to actually activate and start working. By that time, if your phone were still on, too much battery power would have been depleted for your phone’s battery to actually conserve power. Likewise, if you are in an area where you wont have a signal, your phone will continuously search for a signal in range which will also drain your phone’s battery.