Today’s technology can bring us some smartphones with impressive features and capabilities related to hardware, but if there is something that has not been keeping up with that evolution is the capacity of their batteries.
The batteries in old phones usually lasted longer, sometimes even for several days. However, the operating systems found in smartphones actually require more hardware power to work without hassles, resulting in a much bigger battery consumption in the process.
It may seem strange as to why battery capacity is not evolving as much as smartphones do, but the reason for this has to do with the science that is behind them. Put simply, with the technology and knowledge we have nowadays, these are the best batteries we can produce. In addition, it is not desirable to put too much energy inside a battery if it cannot handle that much energy, as it becomes unsafe and might explode in our pockets.
With all this in mind, the best option is then to take the most possible advantage of the batteries we do have. Granted, battery performance is usually not what users would like it to be but, with a few tricks and tips, it is possible to squeeze a little more juice and improve a smartphone’s battery life.
For starters, lithium-ion batteries, which are present in the majority (if not all) of the smartphones currently available on the market, need a somewhat special treatment. They should be kept over 50% of their capacity whenever possible, while going from full to empty can actually cause damages to the battery, shortening its lifespan.
However, as strange as it may seem, being constantly charging a battery is also bad, as lithium-ion batteries tend to overheat. Not only that, but charging to 100% is also not the best practice, as users should stop charging before that, as leaving it charging when full can cause some degree of degradation.
Further advices are to keep batteries as cool as possible, to prevent overheating, to avoid wireless charging, due to the waste heat wireless chargers generate (that can actually damage the batteries), and never going to zero, as at this point lithium-ion batteries get unstable and even dangerous to charge.
All this may seem complicated to follow, but luckily there are some tools available to help in this process. One of the best is provided by liGo, a U.K.-based online electronics retailer that offers a new tool to help users improve their smartphone’s battery, regardless of the brand or model. From Apple to Samsung, almost all users can get some help with their batteries with this tool.
Users simply need to choose their phone’s manufacturer and respective model, and a set of suggestions to improve battery’s life will appear. For example, some of the suggestions presented for Samsung Galaxy S4 are to disable vibrations, set screen timeout, adjust screen brightness, and others.
Some of these tips may seem kind of obvious and easy to think of, but others are actually quite clever and important. This new tool by liGo is undoubtedly a precious help so that smartphone users can take some extra life out of their batteries.