5 Myths About Smartphone Charging That Are Total Lies

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Over time we have heard a number of ‘tips’ about how to charge our phone and what is effective while what damages phone’s batteries. Although a few of those rules and tricks might hold some water and are true, most of them are just rumors based upon something that someone once heard somewhere. Smartphone batteries have evolved quite a lot over the years actually and therefore, we just had to compile this list about charging myths that are not true at all.

5. Don’t charge your phone until it’s completely dead.5 Rules Of Smartphone Charging That Are Total Crap 4

Deep charges will result in phone battery becoming unstable actually. Charge your phone every day and don’t let it go beyond 20% as a rule of thumb. The battery has finite number of charge cycles, always remember that.

4. You don’t need to turn your phone off — ever.5 Rules Of Smartphone Charging That Are Total Crap 6

The opposite is true actually. You should ideally switch off your phone once in a week to preserve battery life and restore it.

3. Charging your phone overnight kills the battery.5 Rules Of Smartphone Charging That Are Total Crap 2

Your smartphone is a smartphone for a reason; it knows when to stop charging. Once the battery is fully charged, the charger will cut off charging and battery isn’t in use anymore. However, it is a good practice to keep the phone charged between 40% and 80%.

2. You shouldn’t use your phone while it charges.5 Rules Of Smartphone Charging That Are Total Crap 3

Oh come on, use it all you want and need given that you are not using a third-party charger. Those who will tell you about this rule shall also cite an incident where a phone exploded when it was being used while charging. The reports later on confirmed that the user was making use of a third-party charger.

1. Using off-brand chargers destroys batteries.5 Rules Of Smartphone Charging That Are Total Crap 5

As long as it’s not the knockoffs that you’re using, it is good. Cheap knockoffs are what will damage your battery and smartphone. Off-brand chargers such as those by Belkin and KMS are perfectly okay.


  1. Dan Reply

    A good post which covers everything we advise our customers too. The main killer is the cheap fake chargers as they don’t have the correct chips to work with the device.

    You often see that a cable is “tested for iOS8” for example and that is because Apple’s updates can render these fake cables useless as the chips in them become incompatible with newer software.

    We often see batteries that fail swell inside the iPhones and other devices too. If you notice pressure on the LCD from the inside, or bulging of the phone, turn it off immediately and take it to a reputable repair shop so they can swap the battery before it causes damage to other parts of the phone.

  2. Ayke Reply

    Important engineering fact page….. I am learning everyday from this site. bless!!!

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