Tips for optimal smartphone charging

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It's important to choose the right time to recharge your battery.

While it's important to use your smartphone battery wisely to help boost its lifespan, it's also worth thinking about how you recharge it, to help prevent damage. Current Lithium-ion batteries theoretically support an average 500 to 1,000 charge cycles before giving up the ghost for good. Here are four charging tips to help keep your battery alive for as long as possible.

Avoid charging the battery fully

In general, there's absolutely no need to charge your smartphone battery to 100% each time you recharge. Instead, you should ideally charge it to 80%, then stop. Similarly, it's better to avoid waiting until battery life gets too low before plugging in. As soon as battery level drops under 30%, it's advisable to recharge.

Avoid full charging cycles as much as possible

It's neither useful nor recommended to wait until battery life is under 5% to recharge. In fact, a full charging cycle -- from 0% to 100% -- is only advised when what the mobile displays no longer seems to correspond to reality (for example, when it shows 20% or 30% battery remaining before shutting down). The full charging cycle will act a bit like a rest.

Don't leave your mobile charging overnight

You should think to unplug your smartphone when the battery is charged to 100% to prevent potential damage to components. Plugging in your mobile before going to bed then unplugging it fully charged in the morning therefore isn't recommended. Even if most smartphones can now detect when the battery is full, this bad habit is best avoided.

Watch out for overheating

In general, it's better that a smartphone doesn't exceed 45°C when charging. So although it's obviously possible to carry on using your mobile while it's charging, it could be wise to avoid activities (especially games) that can make it heat up. Similarly, you should try to avoid leaving your mobile in direct sunlight when it's plugged in to charge. When repeated over time, this slight overheating could damage the battery and reduce its lifespan.