The battery in electronic products such as telephones or computers is a long-term concern for users. Well, if this fails, then the experience of use with a product can be disastrous, hence manufacturers are looking for ways to offer batteries that charge faster, have better autonomy and improve their useful life. However, there are ways to increase the useful life of the battery if we have some care when charging the device, care that we very rarely have, which, despite seeming harmless, in reality they are not.
And it is that despite the popular recommendations such as “let the battery run out first before fully charging it in a new phone”, or “do not charge your cell phone all night because it breaks down”, there are still many doubts about good practices when charging our phone and other devices.
Currently nothing happens if you leave charging your cell phone all night, because what chargers currently do is stop supplying charge when it reaches 100%, and later they gradually charge what is drained until you disconnect the charger, that’s why When you disconnect it, you will see that it has 100% battery charge.
The situation is that despite the fact that this technology prevents the battery degradation from being greater compared to the phones of before, lor more advisable is never to let the phone charge to 100%, and not start charging it when the battery is completely exhausted.
20% to 80% is best
Various studies and experts on the subject recommend only one thing when charging our devices, and that one thing is that we always try to maintain a charge percentage that goes between 20% minimum and 80% maximum. In fact, some even recommend that the maximum percentage be 60%, although that is a bit more extreme and may be of little benefit to many users.
The above means that you should try to charge your phone before it has less than 20% battery, in fact, what is bad in the long run for your equipment is to charge it whenever it is turned off or is at minimum battery levels. On the other hand, it is not the best thing to always reach 100%, as many of us surely do, or at least it is what happens when leaving the equipment charging overnight.
Doing this has advantages to increase the useful life of the battery, because over time the battery loses its charge capacity, which means that over the years the autonomy is reduced little by little. According to information shared by ASUS, a smartphone with 500 charge cycles that always stops at 100% loses 15% of its battery capacity after this number of cycles, while stopping the charge at 80% only loses the 7% of its capacity with the same number of cycles.
As we can see, the battery capacity is lost twice with what millions of people do every day, however, this is not something that is seen in the short term, since 500 charge cycles should be reached in little more than 1 year and a half, if not more for some users, or perhaps less depending on the use you give the phone, and considering that many people change their phones every 2 years, then this problem may not affect them significantly, without However, it is a detail to take into account.
Unfortunately, currently there are not many manufacturers that limit the load when reaching 80%, although there are applications that notify us once this percentage has been reached, and in the case of users who use Android and are root, they can use a system that stop charging at 80%, in this way you don’t have to be all the time checking what the percentage of charge of the device is.
Nor does anything happen if you suddenly charge the battery to 100% or if you start to charge the equipment below 20%, but if you respect these limits to a greater extent, you will surely notice a better autonomy with your equipment over the years. than if you kept loading it like you probably do today.