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7 Mistakes That Shorten The Life Of Your Phone


7 Mistakes That Shorten The Life Of Your Phone


We rely on mobile phones quite heavily these days. That’s why it can be so frustrating that our devices start to act up within as little as a year with what we generally consider light to moderate use. It certainly strikes most of us as odd that many aspects of our devices start to degrade in performance and functionality, but the only ones to blame for most of these issues is ourselves.

You show us someone who claims to have read their mobile phone’s manual cover to cover and we will show you a liar. Let’s be real, none of us go that far in finding out all the intricate details of our phones and what makes them function better (or worse). This leads us, out of sheer ignorance, to commit certain acts that shorten our phone’s life.

Ideal care of a mobile device could have it be functional for years, but no one can live up to this ideal. What we can do, however, is to learn some of the things that we can easily control that drive the efficacy and functionality of our phone down, and avoid them whenever possible.

Let’s talk about fifteen very common errors or misuses that people engage in with phones and figure out how to avoid them, thereby extending our smartphones’ battery lives sufficiently.


Recharge Phones More Often



Modern lithium-ion batteries have no memory. This means that there is no retention of when how much of a phone’s battery gets charged. Most manufacturers estimate that the battery can cycle through anywhere between 400 and 600 charge cycles. However, each time you plug in the phone to charge, you are engaging in a new cycle.

Therefore, you gain more out of charging your phone more frequently, but only when the battery indicator is low (between 10% and 20% ideally). This actually affects your phone battery’s life cycles quite a bit, boosting it to as much as 1000 to 1100 cycles.


Recharge Phones More Often



Modern lithium-ion batteries have no memory. This means that there is no retention of when how much of a phone’s battery gets charged. Most manufacturers estimate that the battery can cycle through anywhere between 400 and 600 charge cycles. However, each time you plug in the phone to charge, you are engaging in a new cycle.

Therefore, you gain more out of charging your phone more frequently, but only when the battery indicator is low (between 10% and 20% ideally). This actually affects your phone battery’s life cycles quite a bit, boosting it to as much as 1000 to 1100 cycles.


Don’t Use Cheap Chargers



Everyone loves a bargain, but if you are purchasing 3 wall chargers for $10, you should probably consider the reason why these products are so cheap. To be blunt, using those is simply unsafe. For one thing, most are not equipped with controllers so if you charge your battery past 100%, it is increasingly likely that you are overheating your phone’s battery.

Beyond that, there is legitimate danger in using them for your own safety and the safety of your home. Not only are there increased risks for being electrocuted, when these chargers overheat, but they have also even been found to be the source of home fires.

Avoid Ultra-Fast Chargers



While we would all love for our phones to be fully charged in under an hour, not all devices are going to withstand the use of ultra-fast chargers equally well. To many, this will degrade the device and the battery far faster than using a standard charger.

If you are not sure about how your device will handle ultra-fast charging, do some digging to find out whether your phone’s manufacturer approves of the device you would like to purchase.



Remove Protective Case


Phone manufacturers typically have a list of protective cases that they have certified for use with particular devices. This is because they are aware that these devices are capable of securing the phone without causing overheating problems if the phone is in a long charging session. If the phone overheats because it is in a case not conducive to battery temperatures at charge time, it further damages your phone.

There are other reasons, some very specific to particular devices and to particular cases. Because there are so many cases on the market to choose from, they may all have their own pros and cons. With so many variants, phone manufacturers can’t account for all of them.

Let Your Battery Drain (Occasionally)



To get rid of the full charge/discharge effect, most phone manufacturers recommend that once about every three months, you allow the phone to drain to 0%, and then immediately plug it in to charge, letting it get up to 100%.



Avoid High Temperatures



In terms of lithium-ion batteries, few things are as destructive as heat. Leaving your phone near heat sources degrades the battery quickly. Leaving the device in direct sunlight is also discouraged for the same battery-related reasons, but there is also the screen to consider.

Modern phones have high-quality screens, but even those cannot withstand the harmful effects of sunlight. The screen might become discolored or faded due to the sun. Replacing the screen on your phone is no simple task, nor an inexpensive one. Most people find it easier to just replace the phone when they are faced with screen repairs.

Avoid Cold Temperatures
Batteries need more power in order to keep themselves functional, so exposure to cold temperatures is harmful to the battery’s longevity. You have probably noticed that when exposed to perpetually cold temperatures, battery charge decreases far more quickly. You can certainly still use your phone in the cold, but when not used make sure that it is located in a relatively well-insulated place, like the pockets of your jacket.

























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