Did you know that the battery on your mobile device degrades slowly with every charge cycle? A charge cycle is calculated as a full charge from 0% battery all the way to 100% battery. If your device is charged while it is not at 0%, then it is counted as only a fraction of a charge cycle. For example, charging from 50%-100% would be half of a charge cycle. Battery manufacturers say that after about 400 full charge cycles, a battery capacity will degrade by around 20%. So even at a full 100% charge, your device is now only storing about 80% of the battery.
Over time, your battery will not last as long as it used to, so it’s important to be aware of ways that you can conserve your battery life. Here are some tips to help you:
1. Avoid extremes of hot and cold. If your phone gets very hot or cold it can strain the battery, and shorter its lifespan. One of the easiest ways for a phone to get very hot or very cold is leaving it in the car during a hot summer day, or while its below freezing in the winter.
2. Turn down the brightness. Screen brightness is the #1 killer of battery life. If you constantly keep your phone, laptop, or tablet on the brightest setting, you are asking for a dead battery. devices have an “Auto-Brightness” setting that can be turned on. It uses an ambient light sensor to adjust brightness levels based on the light conditions around you.
3. Utilize low power/energy saving mode. Low Power Mode on iPhones reduces or affects email fetch, “Hey Siri”, background app refresh, automatic downloads, some visual effects, auto lock, and iCloud photos. On computers and other devices, it basically has the same effect, limiting power of most aspects of the device.
Hopefully, these tips not only help you preserve your current battery life, but help learn how to take care of your battery as well.