5 mistakes you’re making while charging your phone

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5 mistakes you’re making while charging your phone

Many phone users tend to complain that their device’s batteries discharge quickly. They also typically blame the product manufacturer for this issue; however the manufacturer isn’t always at fault. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 mistakes that users typically make when charging their phones.

 

Waiting for the Battery to Reach Low Levels Before Charging

Avoid waiting for your battery to reach a critically low level before charging. The effect of this on your phone battery is not immediate, but over time it begins to manifest and it eventually stresses out your phone battery (yes, batteries get stressed too) and shortens the battery life. Think of your battery as a human body, you really don’t need to wait until you’re about to die before you rest and eat to recharge yourself.

 

Keeping Your Phone Case on While Charging

Your phone typically emits heat when charging. To avoid exposing your device to ambient temperatures, it’s advisable to remove the phone case while charging your phone so that the heat emitted from your phone while charging can escape. This way you can prevent your device from becoming hotter and potentially overheating when charging. Charging your battery at uncomfortable temperatures can permanently damage battery capacity.

 

Charging Your Phone in the Wrong Places

You should mind where you charge your phone, because not doing so can negatively affect your battery capacity. Phones have a temperature range they can function normally and charging your phone in a hot area can raise the temperature and stress the battery out. Also, charging your phone in especially low temperature areas, like in front of an air conditioner, can also cause problems for your battery that will eventually affect its optimum performance.

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Charging Your Phone Overnight

The least you’ll sleep throughout the night is most likely going to be between 5 to 8 hours, your smartphone battery typically only needs 2 to 3 hours to fully charge. Charging your phone overnight, constantly stresses your phone battery each night. Sooner than later, your phone is likely to have battery problems. In addition, the temperature rises when the battery is overcharged, so apart from shortening battery life, it can also threaten user’s safety in the event it quickly heats up and explodes. It’s better to charge your phone before you sleep and switch it off while sleeping to preserve the battery till the next day.

 

Plugging Whatever Charger Fits

This especially applies to smartphones. Most smartphones use a micro USB for its chargers and for this reasons most people tend to switch and swap chargers since it fits into and works on their phones. However, this is not appropriate and in the long run it can negatively affect your phone battery. The fact that most smartphones have the same micro USB doesn’t mean all chargers and phones are compatible. Some chargers function differently and that difference can be detrimental to your device if care is not taken.

 

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Written by   Beatrice Okana

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. People should learn how to charge their phone before sleeping and not charging it overnight,quiz num81,2016054035

  2. nice tutorial, at least I now know where the problem of my battery comes from.

  3. This awareness is good and beneficial to thousands of people who are not aware of little but possible means that leads to battery drainage bravo to the people that thought it wise to disseminate this important information.
    Group:10

  4. people should learn how to charge phone before sleeping
    group 10

  5. This article is a must read for everyone,who will ever think that ways at which we change our phone is not right and in our ignorance we end up destroying our phones.
    Reg no:2016054018
    Quiz no:83
    Group :5

  6. chisom Janefrances

    Thanks for this tutorial.Now i wil knw when or how my phone wil be charged to avoid battery problem.
    kudos to u

  7. Thanks for the information.. i now know why my battery is having problem
    quiz 64

  8. ATAKA FORTUNATUS TOBENNA

    people should learn how to charge phone before sleeping.
    Group 15
    Quiz no 16

  9. Obidigbo ifeoma christabel

    Am sure every one including is a victim of these mistakes,but with this tutor am sure we won’t make such mistakes again,thanks alot.

  10. Nice write up. I have really learned something very important today as regards to my phone. Group 9

  11. Thanks for the information, I now know how to handle my phone. quiz 8 group 11

  12. I agree on this
    Good information
    Really helpful

    Quiz no 73

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