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Best Ways to Prolong Cellphone Battery Life

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Everyone has their opinions on what is best for smartphone battery life, but according to some technology aficionados, our opinions are wrong.

Site Gizmodo has debunked many of the myths regarding battery life. They revealed that the best way to make sure a battery lasts is to never charge it to 100 percent and never let the charge drop below 50 percent. They also advise not to wirelessly charge it and to stay away from hot areas.

Eric Limer, a journalist, said the average battery lasts between 300 and 500 times it takes to run down its battery. 

The most common myth about cellphone batteries may be that the first time the phone is plugged in to charge when it is brand new, the owner should charge it for at least 72 hours to improve its life. 

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But this is all wrong, as cellphone batteries do not have a "memory effect" and they never "forget part of their capacity."

Limer said, "Battery memory is a real thing, but it applies to nickel-based batteries. Your trusty sidekick doubtlessly has a lithium-ion battery and it needs to be treated a little differently. Specifically, it should be topped off whenever you get the chance."

Topping off means one must charge the battery before it reaches empty. 

"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," Limer said.

"That said, it's smart to do one full discharge about once a month for 'calibration,' but don't do it all the time."

"Running the whole gamut on a regular basis won't make your battery explode or anything but it will shorten its lifespan."

He also advises keeping the phone in cooler temperatures, but not too cool. At an average temperature of 32 degrees fahrenheit, a lithium-ion battery will lose six percent of its capacity a year.

"At 77 degrees, that number jumps to 20 percent, and at 104 degrees it's a whopping 105," he said. 

Sources: Daily Mail, About