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Jun 20 2014

5 Myths about Charging your Phone

ChargingMyths_Pinterest_v2I don’t usually post on stuff like this but I found this article mildly interesting. And if there is one thing I love posting on, it is stuff that I find mildly interesting.

Mashable wrote up a list of 5 myths and facts about correct phone charging practices. You know, stuff to keep your iPhone from blowing your face off in the middle of the night because you decided to run it dead and then charge it with a Belkin charger. I’m not sure if that’s ever happened before.

Let’s get started:

Myth 1: Using off-brand chargers destroys batteries.
The truth: Off-brand chargers, while not optimal, are fine. It’s knockoffs you should avoid.

Myth 2: You shouldn’t use your phone while it charges.
The truth: Use it all you want, as long as you’re not using a sketchy third-party charger.

Hit the jump for the rest of the list.

Myth 3: Charging your phone overnight kills the battery.
The truth: Your phone is smarter than you think. Once it’s fully juiced up, it knows to stop charging. That means the battery isn’t even in use at all.

Myth 4: You don’t need to turn your phone off — ever.
The truth: Your phone may be a machine, but it still needs to take a few breaks. An Apple Genius said that in order to maximize battery life, you should turn off your phone from time to time, especially when you go to bed at night.

Myth 5: Don’t charge your phone until it’s completely dead.
The truth: It’s better to charge your phone every day than to do a “deep charge” from time to time.

BONUS: Fact — heat will ruin a battery.
The truth: This is absolutely true. Heat and tech don’t generally go hand-in-hand, and that’s no different with phone batteries.

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