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Smartphone Charging Guide

Batteries can be one of the most boring subjects until your smartphone, tablet or laptop dies. While most of us are just charging our batteries when our phone is about to die, we don’t really care about the lifespan or the perfect way to keep it alive for the long run. So, here are the top charging questions that we’ll answer.

Is it safe to leave my smartphone charging all night?

Yup. Leaving your smartphone charging all night is okay and it will not fry your batteries or anything. The smartphone is called that way because it’s smart, it goes to trickle charging wherein it will charge little by little keeping it to a hundred percent when full and not over.

But be careful, smartphone batteries react poorly if it is experiencing elevated temperatures. If you’re going to charge it overnight, please remove any case because it will make the phone very warm which will cause cell oxidation that will shrink its battery capacity and shorten your battery’s lifespan.

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Should I always charge my phone to full?

You can, but you might want to avoid it. Just like in real-life scenarios, several stop-overs are better than going to the destination immediately. Smartphone batteries really appreciates partial charging. They want you to go from 30% to 60% or 20% to 50% as it keeps their cells close to their natural state longer. It would be nice if you can really charge it several times in one day.

Here’s a trivia: didn’t you notice why batteries of most phones are pre-charged at 40-50 percent when you first use it? That’s because this is the ideal state of a battery — the voltage is not too high or not too low.

Should I charge only if my phone is about to die?

Nope. Li-ion, the batteries that are found in all smartphone nowadays has this thing that we call Battery Memory Effect. It’s about batteries remembering the remaining charge throughout the day — there’s a possibility that if your phone is running low, they may have forgotten about the extra 40% that’s left unused which they can’t tell you.

So the best way to do is to charge your smartphone but not too often. For best results, wait for the battery to run low (near 10 percent) then fill it up.

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Should I charge through a wall outlet or desktop?

Either. But note that charging through a laptop or desktop will be slower because of the standard voltage (although some software can fix that). And charging through a wall socket will differ in speed as it depends on the voltage of the power source (it will always be safe as long as you have authentic charging cables). So both are okay to use.

Should I turn my device off when charging?

Don’t. In case you haven’t noticed, your smartphone actually use more battery turning on than quietly letting it sleep and locked. When you’re home, the best thing to do is to power cycle: turning the device off, wait for 30 seconds, then turn it back on. With power cycling, it will reboot your device and turns off all apps or services that may be running in the background and trying to eat away your battery.

Bonus

If you’re having trouble on frayed charging cables and tripping over them that inevitably drops your smartphone, the Magneto Magnetic Charging cable is a simple solution to those problems. It’s very similar to the MacBook Air’s Magsafe. This innovative magnetic charging cable will make your life just a bit more easier.

So those are the frequently asked questions about smartphone charging. Did we miss anything? Ask us in the comments section and we’ll try our best to answer it.

Ritz

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