There’s nothing worse than having a phone with short battery life. Chances are you are unknowingly reducing the lifespan of your phone’s battery without even knowing it. Modern phone batteries operate completely differently from traditional phone batteries, even just a couple of years ago. Following the old methods can have a negative impact on your phone’s battery life. This brings us to the question of how many times should you actually charge your phone in a day?
Ideally, you should never let your phone fall below 20% charge, so charging your phone enough times in order to maintain a 30% to 80% charge. This is because phones use lithium-Ion batteries, which work in the charge cycle. Once your battery drops below 20%, one charge cycle is consumed. On average, phone batteries have 300-500 charge cycles. Each charge cycle used reduces the lifespan of your battery.
Let’s now take a look at how your phone’s battery operates and what you will need to avoid in order to prolong your phone’s battery life.
How many times should you charge your phone a day?
Nowadays, almost all phones use Lithium-on batteries, which don’t follow the same rules as old traditional batteries. Your phone’s battery health will not be affected whatsoever by the number of charges it endures in a day. However, its battery health will be affected by the number of discharges it experiences in its overall duration. Each discharge will consume one charge cycle from your phone’s battery; once your phone battery drops below 20%, that’s one charge cycle lost. Phone batteries typically have 300-500 charge cycles until the battery needs to be replaced. Each charge cycle will bring t closer to degradation. Ideally, you want to charge your phone battery enough times to maintain a battery percentage of 30% to 80% for a prolonged battery life span. Dropping below 20% will discharge the battery, and charging above 80% will add strain to the battery, especially if you’re using a fast charger.
Additionally, the more charge cycles your phone has consumed, the faster your battery life will deplete, and the more you will need to charge your phone in order to maintain a 30% to 80% battery.
How long should your phone battery last in a day?
Phone batteries typically last 24 hours. However, this will depend on the number of charge cycles your battery has already consumed as well as the number of apps and software you have running in the background. Every charge cycle consumed will degrade your phone’s battery life. Once it hit its full charge cycle capacity, the battery will need to be replaced.
Is it bad to use your phone while charging?
Using your phone while charging is completely fine; once your phone is plugged-in while in use, it will automatically use most of the external power source to operate your phone while the remaining power will go to charging the phone. This will, in turn, slow down the charging process in order to manage power consumption.
Is it bad to charge your phone all night?
Almost all phone batteries are equipped with a battery management system that immediately stops charging once your phone reaches 100% battery, so leaving your phone plugged into the charging cable all night will not affect your battery health whatsoever.
How to make your phone battery last longer:
Get a portable charger
A portable charger will not only top off your battery for the time being but will also prevent your battery from dropping below 20% and consuming a charge cycle.
Turn off unnecessary apps running in the background
Apps running in the background are one of the main causes of fast battery drainage. Even when your app isn’t necessarily being used, it may have some features turned on that draw additional power from your battery, so turning these features off can give you a massive boost in battery life.
Turn off Bluetooth & Wifi
Bluetooth and Wifi do drain a good chunk of your phone’s battery. Turning these features off will save you a good amount of well-needed battery life.
Turn on Low-Power mode
Low-power mode definitely works and saves you a lot of battery life at the cost of temporary performance reduction as well as turning off a few features. Here are a few features that will be affected once you turn the low-power mode on email fetch, background app refresh, visual effects, temporarily pause iCloud Photos, and reduce 5 capabilities (except for video streaming).
Turn off your GPS
GPS is another feature that drains battery life even when not necessarily using it. Turning this feature will offer a great boost in battery life.
Turn off vibrate
Your vibration feature uses more battery than a standard ringtone does, so it’s a good feature to turn off when your running low on power.
Avoid extreme temperatures
Extreme temperatures have a negative impact on battery health, especially when it comes to heat. Leaving your phone in a hot environment will degrade your phone’s battery performance & can result in irreversible damage.
Preferably, you want to store your phone at −20 °C ~ 60 °C. Anything above or below this range can have a negative impact on your phone’s battery health and life span.
Is it Bad to Always be in Low-Power Mode?
No, turning on low battery mode will simply reduce your phone’s short-term performance in order to save more battery; it has no impact on your phone battery’s overall health or lifespan.
So there you have it. Ideally, you want to charge your phone as much as possible to maintain a battery life of 30% to 80% and never going under or over if prolonged battery life is what you’re after. Fully charging your phone isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but passing 80% charge can add some strain to your battery, especially when using a fast charger. However, some phones will deliberately slow down the charging process from 80% to 100% to maintain good battery health. However, the main thing you will need to avoid is dropping below 20% this will degrade your battery life the quickest as lithium-Ion batteries only have a limited number of charge cycles until it needs to be replaced.