It Turns Out We’ve Been Charging Our Phones Incorrectly All This Time
Another thing we’ve been doing wrong. It’s now been revealed that there’s apparently ‘a way’ to charge our phones.
Battery University, (yep it’s a thing), has informed us that if we want to maintain our phone batteries’ lifespans, we should avoid keeping them on charge overnight. See, once the battery is full, the charger continues to deliver what they call ‘trickle charge’. Despite sounding like a rodeo for incontinent bulls, trickle charge is what keeps your battery at 100%, no less.
What the boffins at Battery Uni are telling us is that trickle charge actually stresses out your battery resulting in reduced overall lifespan. This was never an issue when we were all rocking 3310s that would last for 5 weeks before carking it.
So what’s the solution?
They tell us that in order to keep our batteries working until we get a new phone, we should look to not only avoid trickle charges but also charges in shorter stints. These “saturation charges” are also bad for the battery as even high voltage alone can stress them out and reduce their serviceable lives.
Oh great! If we’re constantly running back to the charger then there goes the convenience of a portable device!
Years down the track we’re going to look back at the current battery lives of our phones and cackle. The science nerds are hard at work developing new lithium-sulfur and graphene compound batteries that are said to reduce charge times by nearly 95%. They are also said to pack more heat in the runtime department. It would be nice to be able to whack your phone on for a quick 5-minute charge before a long weekend bender. Needless to say, your phone dying on you mid-masto would also be a thing of the past!