You Have Likely Been Charging Your iPhone Or Android Mobile Phone All Wrong

You Have Likely Been Charging Your iPhone Or Android Mobile Phone All Wrong
Phone charging is not as simple as you might think

We've all been there - your phone battery dies at exactly the moment you really need to use it.

But the good news is, there are ways of reducing the chances of this happening.

Gone are the Nokia phones when our mobiles lasted for days, even weeks, on a single charge.

Now that we're carrying iPhones and high-powered Android phones and using them for most of our daily tasks, the batteries have taken a real pounding.

But there are several simple steps you can take to make sure you phone battery doesn’t get sick and lasts longer.

Tech expert Simon Jary from told Wales Online some top tips for keeping your phone’s battery healthy.

Many people believe that you need to let you phone’s battery drop all way to zero because of a phenomenon called “memory effect”.

But that's not true in newer batteries, when you "almost need to do the opposite" and charge them often but not all the way throughout the day, not letting them drop to zero.

You Have Likely Been Charging Your iPhone Or Android Mobile Phone All Wrong

Mr Jary said: “This is about batteries remembering remaining charge if you don’t let them go all the way to zero too often. So a battery frequently charged from 20% to 80% might ‘forget’ about the 40% that’s left uncharged (0-20% and 80-100%).

“Sounds crazy but that’s sort of true - but only for older nickel-based (NiMH and NiCd) batteries, not the lithium-ion batteries in your phone.

“Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries don’t suffer the memory effect so you almost need to do the opposite: charge them often but not all the way throughout the day, and don’t let them drop to zero.”

What is the best way to charge your mobile phone?

With Li-ion batteries you should try and keep them at 50% or more most of the time. It is not always that easy to do, especially if you are busy and travelling around a lot. Even though it is important to try and keep it above 50% you should not allow it to fully recharge to 100%.

It won’t be the end of the world for your battery if you do but it will shorten its lifespan. Experts say a good range to aim for is keeping it between the 40-80% range.

Should I ever fully recharge the battery?

Once a month you should plug it in and let it hit that 100% mark. This will recalibrate the battery and also applies to laptops.

Is it safe to charge you phone during the night?

With everyone so addicted to the little screen in your pocket the only time many of us can charge it is when we are asleep.

Most smart phones live up to their name and will stop charging when they are full.

However some tech experts say that you should remove your phone from its case for a long charging session as it can lead to overheating.

What is “fast charging” and should I use it?

Unlike iPhones, many Android devices allow you to select an option to charge your phone quicker.

According to Mr Jary: “These phones have a special code usually located in a chip known as the Power Management IC (PMIC) that communicates with the charger you are using and requests that it send power at a higher voltage.

“The iPhone 6 doesn’t feature fast charging, but... is smart enough to recognise when you use a higher-amp charger (like the one you get with the iPad), and that’s a good thing because fast charging will heat up that Li-ion battery and cause it increased wear and tear.

“For the same reason, you should never leave your phone in a hot car, on the beach or next to the oven. A hot battery will suffer long-term effects on its lifespan. And so will a super-cold one, so don’t leave your device in the freezer or out in the snow.

“If you can, switch off fast charging on your Android phone.”

Can I use any charger?

Anyone who has ever lost a phone charger will understand the horror when they realise how much it costs to get the manufacturer's version as a replacement.

This has led to many people using alternatives. Most are fine but some have caused fires when they overheat.

If you are using an alternative make sure it is approved by your phone’s manufacturer.

Storing battery tips

If you leave your battery unused too long with no battery it can become unable to hold charge.

According to Mr Jary: “These batteries drain at about 5-10% a month when not in use. If you let the battery discharge completely and leave it uncharged for a long period of time it may eventually become incapable of holding a charge at all (that’s properly dead).

“It’s unlikely you’ll leave your smartphone lying in a drawer for very long, but some people do leave their laptop, battery packs or spare batteries unused for long periods of time. So try to keep them all at least half charged.”