Charging your phone should be easy — just plug it in and forget about it. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bad advice out there that is actually doing more harm than good.
Let’s debunk it, shall well?
First, a note about exploding phones: Almost all smartphones these days use lithium-ion batteries, and yes, those batteries have been known to blow up occasionally. The thing is, the dangerous batteries — at least in the widely publicized case of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 — were a result of too-small battery cases and manufacturing problems.
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In other words, it’s not that all cellphone batteries are inherently fire-prone. Properly produced lithium-ion batteries should not burn a literal hole in your pocket. OK, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to it.
Myth 1: Charging your phone overnight is bad for the battery life, it will ruin your phone
Well, no. Cellphones these days are very smart, the phone knows when its battery is at full charge. When it reaches that point, it stops charging.
Myth 2: Charge your battery all the way up and allow it to drain all the way down to make a full cycle
Don’t do this. Lithium-ion batteries are not the same as what you use to power your television remote, and fully charging them on first use only to let them drain all the way isn’t required to maintain battery life.
Myth 3: Don’t use your phone while it’s charging
Dude, it is not like you’re filling your car with gas. Playing with your phone while it is plugged in is totally safe — just so long as you don’t use a knockoff charger (and are not in a bathtub).
Myth 4: All chargers are created equal
It brings electricity to your phone, so just how much variation can there be? Quite a lot, it turns out. In addition to being a safety hazard, counterfeit chargers just don’t work as well as brand-name ones. It is important to note that reputable off-brand chargers can be a good buy.
Myth 5: Leaving your phone on 24/7 is no big deal
Most people keep their phones on all the time, and only turn their pocket-computer off when something has gone wrong. This is not a good idea. You smartphone needs to be rebooted every now and then, and not doing so is detrimental to the lifespan of your battery.
Myth 6: Location services are killing your battery
Running apps that require using your location data would seem to be a battery drainer, right? Not as much as you’d think, It turns out that these services do hit your battery, but not in the life-ending way we all assumed. Sure, doing something like putting your phone into airplane mode is going to extend battery life, but it also defeats the purpose of having a phone. Basically, if you want to use your location services, go ahead and do so. It’s not going to totally mess up your battery life.