Phone batteries to charge or not to charge.

In the last few months, I have read a bunch of conflicting stories on when to charge my phone and when to take it off the charger.

After reading these posts, (links are below) I went ahead and tried a few different ways to charge my phone. I tried letting it charge while I am sleeping 😴. I tried letting it get all the way down to 20% then charging it back to 80%. I tried letting it go all the way down to 1% and then charging it back to 100. (PS. Letting it get down to 1% then charging it seems to make the battery die in like 5 hours the next day.)

Honestly, I don’t think that it’s how you are charging your battery at this point. I think that it’s the usage of the phone. If you are like me and have a Samsung Galaxy S8, and have wifi and Bluetooth on all the time cause you have to connect to other accessories, such as your car or a smart watch, Your phone is going to die alot quicker. Another thing that really drains the battery on your phone is Facebook. So beware of that and also remember that location is a big one too.

Back to the charging info though.

One post stated that you should wait till your phone is at about 50% then charge it. But not back to 100%.

Here is part of that article:

“At what percentage should i charge my phone?

The rule with Li-ion batteries is to keep them 50 percent or more most of the time. When it drops below 50 percent top it up a little if you can. A little a few times a day seems to be the optimum to aim for.

But don’t charge it all the way to 100 percent . It won’t be fatal to your battery if you do a full recharge – most of us are forced to do this every now and again in emergencies. But constantly doing a full recharge will shorten the battery’s lifespan.

So a good range to aim for when charging a Li-ion battery is from about 40- to 80 percent in one go. Try not to let the battery drop below 20 percent.”

This next bit of charging advice comes straight from Samsung.

Charge Regularly

To get the most out of your smartphone’s battery, you’ll need to charge it properly. Most smartphones have a lithium-ion battery that lives longer when charged regularly. Unlike the nickel batteries used in older phones, lithium-ion batteries do best when kept above a 50 percent charge. Repeatedly allowing the battery to drain fully may shorten its life and decrease its overall capacity. If this happens, you’ll need to charge the battery more frequently and it may last only a few hours before needing a charge, for example.

Your battery will also perform better if you don’t let it charge to 100 percent, so take it off the charger at about 80 to 90 percent capacity. Leaving the phone connected to the charger when the phone is completely charged may lower battery life if you do it repeatedly

Both of these and a few others all say that finding a median is a good place to start. In fact I personally think that they may be correct as my phone was dying so fast earlier today that I thought I wouldn’t be able to use it. Then when I got home it was at 20%, I charged it to about 86% when I got home and yes it has lost 6 percent battery… But i have written this entire blog post on it and looked up the links. 🙂 So, I don’t think I will complain that much.

So now my question is which charger should I be using to have that long lasting battery? I have been using the charger that came with my phone, the original cord and charger plug. I have also purchased a Samsung fast charger. When I charge my phone using the cord it seems to last longer than when I charge my phone with the wireless fast charger.

I wonder which one the experts say to use.

Which one do you use?

Here are those links if you want to read more.



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