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Why You Shouldn’t Charge Your Phone Overnight

There’s a lot of myths that surround phones and their batteries. Here’s what happens if you charge your iPhone battery too often.

While many of us shut down our laptops everyday in order to preserve battery and improve performance, others charge their phones strategically in order to avoid the wear and tear that happens after long periods of charging. What’s the right thing to do if you want to take care of your phone’s battery?

Smartphone batteries tend to functioning really well in the beginning, wasting away as time passes. There’s no way of preventing this, but charging patterns might have an influence.

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Apple says its iPhones “remain at full charge for prolonged periods of time, battery health can be affected.” Other phone makers, such as Samsung and Huawei, say that phones shouldn’t be charged overnight and that keeping your battery within the 30%-70% range is best for prolonging battery life. In short, according to USA Today, don’t wait until your phone reaches 1% of battery; when it starts to get below 30%, try to plug it in and charge it, that way your battery will have a longer life and you won’t go through your battery’s finite amount of cycles.

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Batteries are complicated devices, working differently depending on the way they’re made and the components within them. While the vast majority of smartphones are smart enough to avoid overcharging, most experts agree that once the battery is completely charged, there’s no need to leave your phone plugged in in order to prevent trickle charge.

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PC Magazine says trickle charge can generate heat, which, depending on your phone’s circumstances, could create extra heat and damage the battery. A clunky protective case, putting your phone under your pillow or stacking stuff on top can easily increase the heat levels in your device.

Otherwise, there’s not much you can do except face the fact that phones wear with age, including their batteries. In order to protect your battery you can smartly utilize your device’s low battery mode, preventing running your battery to zero percent, and invest in some certified cables and chargers, which can also harm your battery life.

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