3 Misconceptions About Charging Your Phone, Debunked

Debunk many of the myths and misconceptions about modern batteries and power banks.
3 Misconceptions About Charging Your Phone, Debunked

Innovations in battery technology come in at such an incredible rate that it can be hard to discern what is fact and what is fiction. With the widespread use of power banks, this has only gotten more complicated. As many users fear the repercussions of poorly designed batteries such as explosiveness and high flammability, it’s important to be able to separate fiction from truth. 

As such, this article has been created to debunk many of the myths and misconceptions about modern batteries and power banks. By understanding what’s true and what’s not, you can take better care of your devices. With no further ado, here are some of these misconceptions:

FALSE: Charging my phone overnight will overload it

Gone are the days when phones had to be manually removed from their chargers once the battery was fully charged. Now, there are extra chips for protection to ensure that cellphones, laptops, tablets, power banks, and other rechargeable devices are protected from overloading. The moment the battery is charged to its full capacity, it stops charging. 

What happens is that it will trickle back down to 99%, at which point it will be charged back up to 100%. 

That being said, keeping your phone connected for a whole night can still cause some damage to your battery as it can cause certain components to overheat. While they will never heat up to a level that can start a fire if they’re engineered right, the excessive exposure to heat can still reduce your battery’s lifespan. 

This excess heat can be prevented by removing excess heat and using only high-quality charging cables. 

FALSE: Freezing my phone can prevent battery problems

It is understandable that people might conclude that the best way to deal with an overheating phone is to put it in the freezer. This could not be further from the truth. Lithium-ion batteries are weak against two things: extreme cold and extreme heat. 

Charging a smartphone in extreme cold can create a plating of metallic lithium on the battery anode. Eventually, this will limit its conductivity, reducing its ability to charge and transmit energy.

Make sure to keep your phone away from extreme cold and heat. Do not leave it lying in the sun or on the dashboard for too long, and especially do not expose it to subzero temperatures unless you have to (as in countries with cold weather). 

FALSE: I should fully drain my battery every time 

This might have been the case for older  nickel-cadmium batteries, but Lithium-ion batteries should never even get close to 0%. Getting too close to that will cause your battery’s lifespan to degrade, specifically because it will struggle harder to maintain your phone’s system at those power levels. 

While all batteries will degrade over time, it is still important to do whatever we can to extend its lifespan. That is why it is important to keep a powerbank on hand to make sure your devices stay above a certain charge level at all times.

Final thoughts

The first thing you have to understand about battery and powerbank care is that it will eventually die. Over time, it will lose its capacity to charge your devices and itself. That being said, it is still important to dispel whatever misconceptions you might have about charging these devices, as these misconceptions can cause issues to appear sooner than they need to. 

For power banks, cables, and other charging devices to keep your phone batteries healthy, send us at Chargeasap a message. We’ve sold over 300,000 cables worldwide and have a wide arrow of fast-charging power banks to keep you powered wherever you go. 

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