The battery is among the specifications to which technology pays the most attention in the development of smartphones . So much so that, to this day, it is not strange to find a mid-range device that has one that, at least, touches 4,000 mAh of power. This guarantees, at least on paper, an autonomy of more than 48 hours, as long as the terminal receives normal use . However, over the years, and with successive charges, it is common for the battery to not respond the same as the first day. Despite this, there are some methods that make it possible to stop deterioration and increase its useful life.
“Batteries, over time, have evolved, yes, but mobile phones have made a great leap with the arrival of smartphones and batteries have not made that leap”, recalled Ángel Cuadras, professor at the UPC University, in statements to ABC a while ago. The goal is to prevent rapid deterioration from occurring, not to keep them always as new.
Not just any charger
Phone manufacturers generally recommend using the charger included with the device . That is, the officer, the one who has undergone stress tests to improve their performance. Otherwise, from Google they explain that it is possible that the device takes longer to charge, does not charge at all or that the battery or the charger itself may be damaged. It is important to use certified chargers and reliable brands, because if you use one that does not meet the requirements of the phone, it can over-power the battery. Something that could cause it to deteriorate sooner than it should.
Don’t let it download completely
The first thing to keep in mind is that the life of a mobile phone battery is measured in cycles. That is, every time the device is fully charged and discharged. Smartphone batteries should last, according to experts from the Librephonia platform for refurbished devices, between 3,000 and 4,000 cycles . However, the “average life of a battery is between 300 and 500”, they explain from the company. In the case of new lithium-ion batteries, the charge cycles are counted in a modular way. This means that “if we spend 25% of 100%, we charge the terminal to 100% and we spend 25% again, the total charge cycle is 50% with which we would have another 50% of the cycle,” they point out. the same sources.
This way of charging the battery can be a small advance, since charging in sections makes the batteries more resistant to daily wear and tear. However, this is not the only thing that can be done to help extend the battery life of the ‘smartphone’.
If it is charging, leave the mobile on the table
When we use the device while it is plugged in, it is normal for it to get hot. Something that is bad for the battery, since it will be forcing the phone to make a use close to 100%. This overheating problem is aggravated because, as indicated from the platform, “the phones do not have active ventilation elements, such as fan or liquid cooling”, which help to dissipate the heat. In fact, the Montain View firm recommends charging the “smartphone” just enough. They ensure that “you don’t have to teach the device how much capacity the battery has by letting it drain completely or fully charge the device.”
Close it all
To take care of the battery, you should also close the applications in the background and deactivate functions that are not used frequently, since they consume battery. Social media apps, games, and features like GPS and Bluetooth are the biggest spenders.
Always between 20 and 80%
Another measure to take into account is to keep the device charge between 20% and 80% of the total . It is also advisable to set the screen brightness to automatic, as this will provide the user with an hour or two more of battery life. Also, as indicated by Librephonia, dark themes have been found to consume much less battery than standard ones with bright white colors.
Be careful with the GMail
Another recommendation is to reduce the email update. It can be configured so that the update frequency is every 15, 30, 60 minutes or manually. So the phone does not have to continually search for emails in the mailboxes.
The screen, better off
Some studies carried out in recent years indicated that users of these devices consult it an average of 150 times a day. A time that causes the component that has the most power consumption – the screen – to continually drain the battery. For this reason, experts believe that it is necessary to set a short period of time for it to turn off and reduce the brightness level. Automatic brightness adjustment is a good option.