For most people, charging their smartphones has become a part of their regular practice. But there are some huge mistakes you can make when charging your phone which are harmful and could potentially damage it. Some might be risky to your health while others might shorten your phone battery life.
Here are eight mistakes you should stop doing when charging your mobile phone:
1. Don’t leave your phone connected to the charger overnight:
Most chargers that come with the latest smartphones have built-in circuits to cut off the current when the battery is full. But if you’re not sure if your charger has this feature, play it safe and don’t leave it charging overnight. This can lead to overcharging which damages the battery.
2. Avoid using your phone while it’s charging:
Some people have the habit of playing gaming while their smartphone is getting charged, which is not a recommended behavior because heat is a battery’s biggest enemy. Putting the phone through a heavy load, be it gaming, using the camera, or using any other heavy apps causes the processor to generate a lot of heat. When that heat is added to the heat that’s already being generated by the battery charging process, it can be a lot and can degrade the battery’s health, which ultimately leads to shorter battery life.
3. Listening to music with an earphone when charging:
Charging your smartphone and listening to music using an earphone is very risky. Such a thing can damage your brain because of a lot of radiation. On the other hand, a chance of electrocution can occur.
Similarly, it could be dangerous to use your earphone while charging because electricity is easily conducted from the electric socket to the earphones, especially if your charging plug was faulty. Many people have died because of such a mistake, so it is best to avoid it by all means.
4. Don’t use low-quality chargers from unknown manufacturers or low voltage power supply:
Charging your phone with low currents, power banks and laptops is wrong. Such things are just made for emergency use and not for charging your phone all the time or using them as a normal source while charging. It is good to use a high voltage light supply, so your phone will charge faster and have a strong battery life- something that can charge your phone with high current voltage. That’s the reason why some batteries when charged with laptops or fake chargers don’t last long or get weak. This is because those items don’t have as much power or voltage to charge your phone as normal electricity does. Instead, it will weaken your phone battery.
5. Avoid constant recharges:
Allow the battery to discharge to around 50% before you plug it in. Constant and unnecessary recharges shorten the lifespan of the battery. On the flip side, avoid allowing the battery to lose all power.
6. Try removing the phone’s protective case while charging:
It is recommended that you remove the phone’s protective case while charging. It is natural for the battery to become slightly warm but the case may act as a barrier and slow down heat dissipation. If possible, flip the phone over and place it on a soft cloth to protect the display.
7. Avoid placing your phone under the pillow while charging:
Many people have a habit of keeping their phones under their pillow so that it is easier to reach. Sometimes, they leave it under the pillow even when the device is getting charged, which is extremely dangerous. The phone generates heat while getting charged, and that heat needs to be dissipated in order to save the phone from any possible damage or battery degradation. However, when the mobile phone is placed under the pillow, it can no longer dissipate heat and gets extremely hot. In some cases, it leads to the pillow catching fire which then spreads to the entire mattress and the room.
If you want to have easy access to the phone while it is getting charged during the night, it is better to place the phone on the bedside table.
8. Avoid using third-party battery apps
Avoid using third-party battery apps. Most of them affect battery life negatively as they constantly run in the background, aggressively shut down other apps; some take over the lock screen to load advertisements and even recommend apps that will further optimise your smartphone. Also, do not fall for the browser ads that con you into installing an app because your phone is “apparently” low on memory.
Source: The Nation