Battery myths about charging your smartphone overnight, debunked
There’s nothing worse than finding out your phone wasn’t fully charged when you left the house. Charging your phone overnight can fix the problem, but there’s been several debates about it. We take a look a few battery myths that have been circling the internet lately, some of which have been debunked.
Dropping To Zero
Many people assume that letting the battery die before charging will enhance the process. Unfortunately, this doesn’t boost anything. Apple has even stated that you should charge your iPhones whenever you please.
“There’s no need to let it discharge 100% before recharging. Apple lithium-ion batteries work in charge cycles. You complete one charge cycle when you’ve used (discharged) an amount that equals 100% of your battery’s capacity — but not necessarily all from one charge,” they state on their website.
The Cycle Repeats
The idea of phone batteries lasting a couple of years is baffling to some people. Depending on their charge cycle, they can last a while longer. After around 300 to 500 cycles, the battery’s performance can become diminished. If you consistently charge your phone when it’s below 25 percent, you can extend its overall life expectancy.
Unfortunately, malfunctioned cell phone batteries can die whenever they choose. Very few Android phones allow its users to simply swap batteries anymore. iPhone users can get their batteries changed at various repair shops. In a shocking statistic, 24 percent of people surveyed by Batteries Plus Bulbs didn’t know batteries could be changed.
A Power Overload?
One major concern about charging the phone overnight stems from a possible battery overload. Any kind of overload can tamper with a battery’s overall longevity. Fortunately, connecting your phone to its charger overnight won’t do any damage.
“Every unit has a built-in chip that will prevent charging once 100% capacity has been reached. Therefore, provided that the phone in question is purchased from a verified and legitimate retailer, there should be no danger in leaving the phone charging overnight,” a representative from Anker told Business Insider. With these rumors debunked, charging your phone overnight will be a little less stressful now.