Let’s talk about battery life. Few things are worse than realizing you are about to run out of batteries at an inopportune time. From your phone to your computer, to your watch to your…everything…batteries are everywhere and essential to our daily tasks.
Picture this: you are working from a waiting room, desperately trying to finish off a project for work. Your battery gives you the 20% warning, and you panic. Not a good feeling…especially if you don’t have your charging cord with you.
There are so many “rules” floating out there for the best way to make your device’s battery last. (Yes, “rules” is in quotes because, well, you’ll see.) You’ve heard them from friends, from TikTok, and from other possibly questionable sources. But have you heard them from the experts at Green Light Wireless? We are here to help bust the myths around battery life so that you (and your devices) are fully charged!
Read on to learn best practices for battery life.
Battery Life Myths
#1: Let your battery fully drain before charging
This used to be true with nickel-cadmium batteries, but the lithium-ion batteries of today are different. In fact, letting your battery drain fully could actually be harmful to battery life. A best practice is to keep your level at 20-80% when possible.
#2: Keeping your device plugged in all the time damages the battery
This myth originates from the idea that your device will get too hot between the heat generated by charging and the heat of your hand. We can bust this myth and tell you that the change in temp is not significant enough to cause damage.
#3: Using third-party chargers will ruin your battery
Third-party chargers can cause problems, damage devices, or even cause electrical shocks. This isn’t the place to look for a discount. Inexpensive, lower quality chargers can cost you more in the long term. But, there are some high quality ones out there that are good and are less expensive than buying one from the original manufacturer. Shop around!
#4: Charging overnight will overwork your battery
Like myth number one, this is a holdover from earlier technology. Today’s devices are designed to stop charging when the battery is full! Plugging in your phone overnight will not deplete its battery life.
#5: If your battery fails, you need to buy a new device
Just because a device doesn’t have an old-school battery compartment, like your remote, doesn’t mean the batteries are completely integrated into your device. That’s right — you can replace your battery without having to replace your entire device. You are welcome.
BONUS: When it comes to battery life, pay attention to your apps
When it comes to your phone or tablet, opening apps while charging may slow the process down. Be efficient! Close out any apps not actively in use.
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