How to charge your mobile phone faster and safer
By GB Blog Official 2018-02-05 6341 6
We all dread the moment our phones run out of power. This means we will be lost to the world: the world of text messaging, social media, real-time maps and everything that makes our lives convenient. So below will tell you the right time to charge your phone and how to charge your phone properly.
When should you charge your phone?
The most widespread advice out there is to keep your phone at a bit over 50% of battery power at all times. It is generally recommended not to charge your phone all the way to 100% — especially if you do that regularly.
Charging your phone to 100% all the time will significantly shorten the lifespan of the battery. Of course, there are quite a few occasions when you will need to charge your phone fully — if you are going on a trip, have a long busy day ahead and so on. Experts also say that you should do a full battery charge (from 0% to 100%) once a month — this recalibrates the battery: in simple terms, lets your battery go on a short vacation.
Another recommendation is not to let the phone's battery drop below 20% — aiming to charge your battery from 40% to 80% at one go will do great in the long term keeping your battery safe and sound for longer.
How to charge your phone faster?
We move fast — and we want our phones to keep up pace. And there are actually several ways to make sure your phone's battery gets refilled faster.
Get a fast charger. Some (and now most) smartphone models come with fast charging. All you need for that is to get an original charger for your phone supporting Quick Charge technology and experience the increase in speed.
Switch to airplane mode. One of the key draws on your phone's battery are the network signals. Naturally, if you cut off the connection to all networks (cellular, Wi-Fi, etc.), your phone will lose charge at a much slower rate and charge up faster. If you can, turn off the phone altogether.
Use a wall socket. While it may be more convenient to charge your phone from a laptop or power bank, try to charge it via a wall socket. Depending on the type of your device, the wall socket will give you 1A of power compare to just 0.5A with USB charging.
Remove your phone case. It has been proven that the phone charges much faster when the battery is cooler. Thus, removing any "warming" accessories will make your charging process more efficient.
Is it safe to use a phone while it's charging?
You have been scared into thinking that smartphones can explode if you use them while charging — these rumours have been fueled by a few scary stories circulating on the web.
The truth is — no explosion is likely to happen if you use and charge your phone normally. This means that you are using a manufacturer-approved battery and charger. This doesn't mean you can only use chargers produced by the same manufacturer — there are loads of quality third-party chargers out there. However, avoid getting cheap knockoffs at all cost.
Should I leave my phone to charge overnight?
There are no safety concerns associated with charging your phone overnight — once again, provided that you use a charger from a reputable manufacturer.
The thing is that, as we've mentioned a few paragraphs earlier, frequent charging to 100% takes a toll on the lithium-ion battery in your phone. Of course, the damage itself may be negligible — and since you will probably be getting a newer phone in a few years anyway, you may choose to ignore the minor changes that occur in the battery overtime. With that, if you are attached to the current device you are using — you may want to keep this in mind.
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