True or false? Charging your smartphone all night can ruin the battery??

The only thing I don’t like about my new iPhone is that it seems to use battery quickly, so I’ve been looking for all the battery saving tips I can find. I’ve seen a couple of different places that leaving it on the charger all night can actually hurt the battery so I did some research.

I talked to people in the Apple store and, even there, you can find different opinions.

I think one of the most reliable sources for “tech” tips online is Gizmodo  and I found what I think is the best information there.

“To get the most out of a lithium-ion battery, you should try to keep it north of 50 percent as much as possible. For the most part, going from all the way full to all the way empty won’t help; in fact, it’ll do a little damage if you do it too often…In fact, your battery will behave the best if you take it off the charge before it hits 100 percent, and leaving it plugged when it’s already full is going to cause a little degradation.

So if you’re really particular about optimizing your battery’s life, you should try to go from around 40 percent to around 80 percent in one go, and then back down whenever possible. A bunch of tiny charges throughout the day is your second best bet, and going from zero to 100 and then 100 to zero on a regular basis will put the most strain on your lithium-ion battery.”

Which is exactly what I’ve been doing!

So, I’m going to try and make two changes: quit letting my battery run down to zero, and quit leaving it on the charger all night.

This tip was part of a longer Gizmodo post on how to best take care of your iPhone battery. If you want to read more here’s the link.

How to Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery.

And here’a link to a piece I wrote earlier on Saving Your iPhone Battery Life: 5 Tips.

I found this helpful and hope you do too,


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