The 5 Biggest Myths About Smartphone Batteries (and Why They’re Mostly False)


There are a lot of commonly held beliefs out there about how you should and shouldnt charge the batteries in your smartphone. You know the ones I

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m talking about: Don
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t keep your phone plugged in all night. You need to “train” your battery to hold a charge.

Well, it turns out that a lot of those tips are pure hooey. To help you sort the facts from the fiction, here

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s the truth about five of the most prevalent myths about smartphone batteries. Don
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t say we
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ve never done anything for you.

1. Keeping your phone plugged in damages its battery

You

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ve certainly heard this one before: Keeping your phone plugged in all night when you go to sleep will supposedly overwhelm your handset
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s battery, damaging it and keeping it from being able to hold a charge.

The truth of the matter, however, is the exact opposite. Your smartphone is intelligent enough to recognize when its battery is fully charged and, when it does, will stop pulling in power.

In fact, most of today

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s phones are so smart that they only pull in a full stream of power until their batteries are charged to about 80 percent. After that, they
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ll “trickle” charge until they
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re full.

2. Charge your phone only when its battery is dead

There

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s not a lick of truth to this one. Lithium-ion batteries
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the kind that power modern phones, tablets, and other smart devices
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t suffer from the so-called “memory effect” that beset old Nickel-cadmium (NiCd) and Nickel-metal-hyrdide (NiMH) batteries.

The “memory effect” was said to kick in when you started charging a battery before it was completely empty. By doing that, you

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d essentially reset how much charge the battery would think it could hold. So if you started charging a battery at 50 percent, the next time it got to 50 percent it would think it was empty.

There

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