Charging a phone is a simple procedure that one would say you just take the charger, plug in the wall socked, connect it to the phone’s charging port, and close the switch. However, to keep your phone battery and the phone it would require more attention. Most people fail to pay attention to their charging habits, and later on when the battery dies they push the blame to other factors. The source of the problem could be the charging mechanism, phone charger or the connecting cable. This article will focus on some common charging mistakes that should be avoided at all cost.
1. Licking the charger’s power cord or USB cable
This is an awkward way of checking if charger is working. When one licks, taste receptors will report some acidity due to charged ions. Saliva is a good conductor of electricity. When the charger is licked, saliva will come in contact with metallic connectors in the charger resulting to electrolysis. When plugged into the phone’s charging port, its efficiency is lowered. This is one of the main ways of damaging the charging system of your phone. Additionally, malfunctioned chargers can cause electrocution.
2. Discharging the battery to zero
All rechargeable batteries are designed with a maximum number of charge cycles. Frequently discharging your battery to 0% will eventually weaken the battery and also lower the number of charge cycles. Avoid using the phone until it goes off as a result of low battery.
3. Charging overnight or for extended period of time
Modern phones and chargers are manufactured such that they will stop charging when full. But to be sure and avoid the risk of overcharging, always remember to unplug the charger when the battery is fully charged. Some phones overheat while charging. If it is done for longer durations, the battery will swell, damage the phone, and sometimes explode.
4. Charging and using the phone simultaneously
This habit strains the battery due to the 2 activities. At times some phones will even continue discharging even though they are plugged in. if this is the case, stop using the phone when charging and consider replacing your charger.
5. Using substandard chargers and cables
Original chargers are designed to be compatible with the charging current requirement of your phone. If damaged, replace with a similar charger or a quality charger. Using poor chargers, which are usually cheap, could result charging with very high or very low power. This will cause overheating or the phone taking excessively long period to fully charge.
6. Undercharging the battery
It is advisable to maintain the charges between 10% and 90%. Charging when the battery level is average, usually referred to as topping the charge, also decreases the battery life and can alter the its calibration. The battery should be allowed to fully charge before use.
7. Installing fake battery saver applications
Battery saving apps can monitor the activities and optimize the phones functioning to extend the battery life. However, there are some free apps that will do more harm to your phone and battery. Such apps are full of ads which will further strain your battery. The rule of thumb is to install apps from verified stores.
8. Leaving the charger in the socket
When not in use, the charger should be unplugged from the socket to make them last longer. Mobile phone chargers have small step-down transformers that converts power into usable and the required capacity. If the charger is in the socket while the switch is on, it constantly draws some power. It is for this reason that some chargers will be hot even when not charging any device. The issue is more pronounced for poorly manufactured chargers. Dust and moisture can accumulate inside it causing corrosion and short-circuit. Such charger can damage your phone’s charging system.