How to charge a phone battery – myths and the truth

You’ve surely heard so many advice about charging your battery and preserving its lifetime. Maybe you’ve given some of them yourself, without checking if it is true or not.
There are so many rules but, trust us, most of them are fictional and not really true, so here we give you five most known myhth about phone charging myths.

Myth 1: Don’t use off-brand battery chargers because it will destroy your battery

Don’t go for cheap brand knockoff chargers when you can at least purchase inexpensive, off-brand chargers (as long as they’re made by legitimate retailers, such as Belkin and KMS). The folks at Lifehacker ran a detailed experiment in which they pitted official chargers against knockoffs and off-brand models.

The results showed that off-brand chargers, though obviously not as good as the official thing, work just fine. Knockoffs barely even get the job done.

Myth 2: Don’t use your phone while it charges

Actually, you can use it all you want, nothing bad will happen.

There are scary reasons behind this myth. People believe that using a phone while charging will make the phone explode, or electrocute the user. That actually happened to a Chinese flight attendant named Ma Ailun in July 2013, when she used her iPhone 4 while it was charging.

However, reports say it’s because Ailun was using a third-party charger, not an original Apple charger.

If you’re using the manufacturer-approved charger and battery, you should be fine.

Myth 3: Charging your phone overnight kills the battery.

The truth: Your phone is smarter than you think. Once it’s fully juiced up, it knows to stop charging. That means the battery isn’t even in use at all.

However, that doesn’t mean you should be charging your phone all night, every night. You wouldn’t fill a cup with water if it was already full, would you? Your battery life will last longer if you keep your phone charged between 40% and 80%.

Myth 4: You don’t need to turn your phone off — ever.

The truth: Your phone may be a machine, but it still needs to take a few breaks. An Apple Genius said that in order to maximize battery life, you should turn off your phone from time to time, especially when you go to bed at night.

At the very least, Apple experts recommend turning your phone off once a week in order to preserve battery life.

Turning off your phone is important for Android devices as well. A simple reboot can help restore battery life.

Myth 5: Don’t charge your phone until it’s completely dead.

The truth: It’s better to charge your phone every day than to do a “deep charge” from time to time.

Lithium-ion batteries, like the kind used in Samsung and Apple products fare better when they’re charged. If you constantly let them drain to 0%, they become unstable. Your battery has a finite number of charge cycles, and every time it fully dies, that’s another cycle out the window.

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