Rechargeable batteries gave the advantage to both manufacturers and users to use a single battery for a long period without replacing it and currently, 90% of modern pieces of portable smart devices use this to power them up. Lithium-ion or Li-ion is the most common type not only because they are rechargeable but also Li-ion batteries can charge hundreds of time and keeps a higher density of energy, lower discharge rate when comparing to the other batteries available in the market.
After buying a smart mobile device, the very first thing which is recommended by the manufacturers is to charge them before using them. But how long should you charge your device for the first time? Is it necessary to charge a new phone for 8 hours?
Myths and Truth
Charging phones for 6 to 8 hours was a recommendation made by manufacturers a couple of decades back just to make sure the battery cycle runs correctly. But now, it’s a big no because modern lithium-ion batteries are far more ahead of technology so the users just need to plug and charge the device till the battery level reaches 100% and after that, you are free to use it. Not only that you can use your device without charging for 6 to 8 hours but also the manufacturers test the batteries by fully charging them when assembling in the factory. And that’s why even a brand new device holds some amount of charge inside the batteries preventing the battery from dying.
Still, some manufacturers recommend charging new phones for 8 hours before using them but if your rechargeable device has a li-ion battery inside it, then you don’t need to wait for that much longer. You can start using your device instantly with the battery level available in your device or just plug and charge it for 1 or 2 hours which is the typical time it takes to charge a li-ion battery and you are good to go.
Typically these batteries perform for 2-3 years with maximum capabilities and after that, the self-discharging rates, charging times and charging levels can also be changed due to some issues in use. If your Lithium-ion battery is dead, then you must need to replace it with a new one because it never gets charged again.
Always charge your smartphone when the battery percentage is somewhere around 30% to 50% to maintain healthy battery life and do not keep your device charging overnight even though it isn’t deadly at all. And also you can charge your device multiple times a day and the number of times you charge depends on the workload you need to be done with your phone each and every day.
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Furthermore, here are some other cools steps or precautions you can take to save your battery without draining it fast after charging.
1. Maintain a Lower Brightness Level On Your Screen
The majority of devices by now has big screens and tends to use more battery power to display all the things you need. Keeping your brightness level lower will reduce that amount to some extent that can help you to save more battery. Also, use the battery saver or power-saving modes provided in your smartphone that allows you to change settings individually for more battery optimizations.
2. Activate Dark Mode
Both Android and iOS devices now have this option to activate dark mode especially if you are having an OLED display. In OLED displays, each pixel is an individual light source so if your display is black it means every pixel is off and that’s why OLED displays have the real black colour on the display but in LCD displays, the backlight is always on even if the dark mode is activated on your device. Due to that reason, it still requires some charge to keep that backlight that causes wasting your battery but still more effective than using your phone in light mode.
3. Use Wi-Fi rather than Mobile data
Using Wifi instead of Mobile data can save a lot more power because connecting to a Wifi Access Point is an easy job for your mobile rather than connecting to a faraway cellular tower. In case of this high power usage in mobile data, your phone might start to produce more heat and if you don’t have access to any wifi connection available, try using mobile data in a place where you have a good signal strength to save your battery power.
4. Close Unwanted Background Apps
On both front and back ends, many programs are running in order to perform a single task inside your phone and sometimes these apps keep running continuously even if you are not using your device. To prevent such activities, there are different options available to check and close any unwanted background apps and save your battery power. Also, monitor which apps use most of your battery power and avoid using them in critical situations.