3 Smartphone Battery Myths you need to discard right now

It is 2016 and almost everyone in Nigeria has a phone. The thing about these phones are that, like most other gadgets, they use batteries that tend to run out quite speedily as smartphones evolve. Though these batteries are often cheap to replace, users have over time come up with certain rules to preserve battery lifespan. Although some of these rules are real, there are several others that are just myths that need to be ignored.

Jovago.com clears the air about some of these commonly-held mobile battery myths.

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Don’t charge your battery until it is completely dead and ensure you charge them to full before using them

If you have ever been to Computer Village on Lagos mainland, you may have encountered a smartphone vendor advising you to refrain from using the device before it is fully charged and that you should only charge again when the battery is flat, as that is the best way to preserve the quality of the battery. Fortunately, this rule is a complete myth. Modern batteries actually perform better when they are not fully discharged. Letting them drain completely has no significant effect on lifespan nor capacity.

The actual threat to the battery is in the number of charge cycles- the number of times the battery goes from dead or nearly dead to full. Each battery has a limited number of charge cycles before performance begins to degrade. To control this, it is best to keeping the battery in the 50 to 80 range, that way you avoid a high number of charge cycles, thus extending the lifespan of your battery.

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Turning off the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth helps save Battery life

It might come as a shock to you, but Wi-Fi actually uses less battery than most other cellular functions. Also, smartphones with Bluetooth 4.0 and its Low Energy protocol means that you can leave Bluetooth enabled and your battery life remains unaffected, so, turning them off does not actually help you save battery life in anyway.

Phone calls, data use, downloads and other processes running on your phone, including background apps and tasks, actually use some battery energy, but none of them cause severe battery drains. If you want to conserve your battery, you may want to start with reducing the gaming and graphics-intensive processes. Also, cut out streaming video or online games on your smartphone as they are the culprits that drain on your device.

Using your phone while it is charging is a bad idea, so is overnight charging

Most smartphone users in Nigeria generally believe that it is wrong to use your phone while it is plugged and charging. Aside from the fact that they believe that the user could wind up electrocuted, they think that it takes a toll on the phone battery. But truth is, as long as you are not using a sketchy third-party charger, there are no risks really.

Also, regarding overnight charging, phone batteries have evolved so much over the years, becoming smarter and easier to manage, and these batteries actually know when to stop charging, whether they are plugged in or not. Leaving it plugged overnight does not necessarily affect the battery life, except in cases of erratic power supply.

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7 thoughts on “3 Smartphone Battery Myths you need to discard right now

  • January 12, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Beautiful lesson…

    That charging and using though… Won’t that overheat the phone?

    • January 12, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Charging and using the phone can cause some devices to overheat. What I find most annoying is that some apps malfunction and become unstable/jittery when using whilst charging.

    • January 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

      @Mark.. I think Noni is more right. That same Gionee M2 you refer to is a major culprit. Maybe you should remove the phone protective casing to properly feel the temp. I don’t know if its universal though

  • January 12, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Noni you must be using a Windows phone, as I type this on my gionee m2 whilst charging it, there is no temperature rise and all apps are on turbo mode…

  • January 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    @femiblaze, your phone must be faulty cause mine ONLY heats up a little during game play and never while charging.

  • January 14, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    On the Apps malfunction /jittery issue while charging,I suspect this is most common while using low quality third party chargers from my experiences..

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