Battery Tips For Your Smartphone To Make The Most Out Of it
This is a utopia where we live in now. Here, the older technologies become obsolete with the introduction of newer ones, and that’s pretty important for the market. Supposedly, the manufacturers in the smartphone industry have started strengthening the battery department of their products by putting more weight on them with a bigger battery. Still, there are issues with the batteries there inside the shell, could be killing your smartphone battery right now.
Yes, we know. Our smartphone batteries are bad because they barely last a day.
Many of us have a notion of charging our smartphones in small bursts or when it’s near to empty. In fact, a study from battery company Cadex‘s website Battery University has stressed on how the lithium-ion batteries in our smartphones are sensitive. And, like for humans, extended stress could be damaging your smartphone battery’s lifespan.
To maximize the battery life, you have to follow some of the battery tips we are going to mention.
Don’t keep it plugged in when it’s 100% charged
According to Battery University, leaving your phone plugged in when it’s 100% charged as you might overnight, is bad for the battery in the long run. Once your smartphone has reached 100% charge, it gets “trickle charges” to keep it at 100% while plugged in. These charges are like packets of the surcharge or extra charges, hence keeps the battery in a state of high-tension, which wears down the chemistry of ions within.
Battery University has emphasized on the scientific details, explaining why, but it also sums it up nicely: “When fully charged, remove the battery” from its charging device. “This is like relaxing the muscles after strenuous exercise.” You too would be pretty tired and miserable if you worked out nonstop for hours and hours.
Keep the level below 100%, yeah you heard it right
According to Battery University, “Li-ion does not need to be fully charged, nor is it desirable to do so. In fact, it is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery” and wears it away in the long run. That might seem nice if you’re trying to keep your smartphone charged all day, but just plug it in whenever you can during the day, and you’ll be fine.
Never puncture the battery either, it might disturb the entire composition and can lead to a havoc like this. It turns out that the batteries in our smartphones are much happier if you charge them occasionally in short bursts throughout the day instead of plugging them in for a big session when they’re near to dead. Charging your phone when it loses 10% of its charge would be the best-case scenario, according to Battery University. This can optimize the ions thus the performance of the battery. Plus, this also let you use features you might not normally use because they hog your battery life, like google play services that run in the background.
Reduce Screen Brightness
Speaking of the display is the largest drain on the battery, a simple solution to this is to reduce your phone’s brightness levels. There are lots of apps that do this. Lux enables you to override the auto brightness levels with your own, even to the point of using a ‘sub-zero’ setting to make the screen darker than it’s allowed by default.
This might not have the desired effect, however, as Lux and other brightness apps tend to make the display darker by placing a gray overlay on the screen. The actual backlight is still using the same amount of power.
A better option is, again, a custom kernel. Most kernels have some level of display output controls, and ElementalX is among the ones that offer a ‘backlight dimmer’ function.
After activating the feature, the minimum backlight level becomes darker than the minimum under the default settings. It won’t be much help in daylight, but if you use your phone a lot in the evenings, this could be a big battery saver.
Android 6.0 introduced Doze, a feature that automatically shuts off background apps and services when your phone is not in use. It has been very effective for extending standby times, but it’s not perfect.
Doze only kicks in when the phone is completely idle. It won’t work when your phone is in your pocket — even if you haven’t turned it on or even touched it for an hour — because the phone’s sensors will detect motion. It needs to be stationary. And even, then it will wait for 30 minutes of no use before it checks for motion.
On a rooted phone, you can speed all this up with Naptime. This free app from the Play Store gives you access to the normally hidden Doze settings.
There are 16 options in total, and the app helpfully explains what each one does. You should proceed carefully, making minor tweaks each time, and checking their effects. A good place to start includes changing Inactive timeout (the amount of idle time before the sensors are checked for lack of motion) from the default of 1800 seconds to 600 (ten minutes), and Idle after inactive timeout (an additional wait after that) to zero. That should help Doze start much sooner.
Naptime also has an Aggressive doze mode that tries to put the phone into an idle state as soon as the screen is turned off. This can potentially interfere with some apps, though, so you’ll need to keep an eye on it if you choose to use it.
Keep it cool
Smartphone batteries are sensitive to heat. After the Note 7 fiasco, you must genuinely keep an eye on your smartphone at all times. Companies like Apple suggests you remove certain cases that insulate heat from your iPhone when you charge it. “If you notice that your device gets hot when you charge it, take it out of its case first.” If you’re out in the hot sun, keep your phone covered. It’ll protect your battery’s health.