Hello Fellow MIUIers,
Without a battery, your favorite smartphone becomes a hunk of dead electronics. These rechargeable powerhouses have a finite lifespan: Over time, they will start losing power faster and taking longer to charge. But adopting good charging habits can keep your battery in tip-top shape for a long and fruitful life. Here's what you need to know.
1. Unplugging the device when it's fully charged:
Leaving your phone plugged in when it's fully charged like 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. It keeps the battery in a high-stress, high-tension state, which wears down the chemistry within. When fully charged, you should remove the battery from its charging device. This is like relaxing the muscles after strenuous exercise. You too would be pretty miserable if you worked out nonstop for hours and hours.
2. Avoiding wireless charging:
Wireless charging can be incredibly convenient if your phone can do it, but it's not without its disadvantages. The inductive, wireless chargers out there today have this nasty habit of generating a fair bit of waste heat. And while wasted energy is just a bummer in general, that heat will also toast your battery in the process. That's no bueno. It's a little less convenient, but standard plug-in charging is going to keep your battery in better shape, especially if you're some place warm to begin with.
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3. Plugging in the phone whenever you can:
it turns out that the batteries in our smartphones are much happier if you charge them occasionally throughout the day instead of plugging them in for a big charging session when they're empty. Charging your phone when it loses 10% of its charge would be the best-case scenario. Obviously, that's not practical for most people, so just plug in your smartphone whenever you can. It's fine to plug and unplug it multiple times a day. Not only does this keep your smartphone's battery performing optimally for longer, but it also keeps it topped up throughout the day. Plus, periodic top-ups also let you use features you might not normally use because they hog your battery life, like location-based features that use your smartphone's GPS antenna.
4. Using the authorized chargers only:
Where possible use the charger that came with your phone, as it is sure to have the correct rating. Or make sure that a third-party charger is approved by your phone's manufacturer. Cheap alternatives may harm your phone, and there have been several reported cases of cheap chargers actually catching on fire.
5. Only charge fast when you need to:
A lot of newer phones support some sort of "fast charging" feature. This will let you juice your phone up from zero to around half-full in just about a half hour. It's a life-saver for when you've only got a few minutes to spare, but it's also not great for you battery. Since fast charging is only for the beginning of a charge cycle—and phones and their chargers are smart enough to only apply the extra voltage when it's useful—the damage isn't too bad. Still, if you're not in a hurry, it's probably better for your battery to apply a slow and steady charge through a low-voltage charger.
Fellow MIUI Fans, it's pretty easy to keep your battery reasonably healthy just by following the aforementioned tips. Enjoy a healthy battery life; signing off for now!
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