How long should I charge my phone/smartphone?
Today’s smartphones are extremely energy-consuming when compared to conventional push-button phones. Why? The main source of power consumption is the screen. the bigger it is, the higher its resolution, the higher the power consumption. And this is just the main source, and there are a lot of additional. So you usually need to charge your smartphone once a day or twice a day. Exactly how much it has to charge?
You should understand that there is no exact answer to this question, because everything depends, firstly, on the model of the device you are going to charge, and secondly, on the situation in which you have to charge the gadget. What it means? It means that depending on the way of charging the gadget can be charged for different time. So, if you use a branded charger and charge your smartphone from the mains, it can charge for, say, 3 hours when fully discharged to 100%. If you do it from a computer USB-port, this figure can be multiplied by 1.5-2, and all because the USB technology gives only a certain amount of current, which limits the charging speed of the device.
If we talk in general, a full charge of the smartphone from the network lasts, on average, 1.5-3 hours. Accordingly, if a smartphone has a 1500 mAh battery, it will probably charge much faster than a smartphone with a 3000 mAh battery capacity.
Want a more concrete example? Let’s take several generations of iPhones.
- iPhone 5SE, 6, 6S: 2 hours 10 minutes
- iPhone 6 Plus, 6S Plus: 3 hours 40 minutes
- iPhone 7: 2 hours and 20 minutes
- iPhone 7 Plus: 3 hours and 40 minutes
Above is an approximate average charging time for the iPhone from 0 to 100%, but again, these figures are only approximate and can vary.
It is also worth telling about the fast charging function, which is increasingly used on smartphones. The bottom line is this: a smartphone with the fast charging feature is able to accept higher voltage and amperage, resulting in a dramatic increase in charging speed.
Alas, the fast charging function works only at the initial stage, after which the current intensity decreases sharply. the function allows you to quickly charge your smartphone to about 40-50%, after that the device charges as usual. This is done to prevent the battery from failing. If your smartphone has this function, the total charging time is reduced by about one and a half times.
As for the usual push-button phones, their battery capacity is on average 500-1000 mAh. Of course, such a battery charges faster (one hour or even less time may be enough), and discharges much slower than on a smartphone, because a small screen does not require high power consumption.
If we talk about phones with a battery of 3000 mAh, and such are on sale, you will have to charge them longer, about as smartphones, but in standby mode, they can stay charged for months!
And how long should you charge your new smartphone? No longer than any other smartphone. We talked about this in another article.
Types of batteries
It is very important to charge your Android smartphone correctly for the first time, but to do this you need to know what kind of battery it has. Depending on the model, and to a greater extent on the year of manufacture, a smartphone may have the following type of battery:
The first two batteries were installed on older models and are almost uncommon today. They have a high number of cycles, are immune to the temperature of the environment, but are large in thickness, have less capacity and have a memory effect. They have specific requirements for charging, which explains today’s misunderstanding of how to properly charge the battery of an Android smartphone.
The third and fourth types are more advanced, compact, with more capacity. Modern gadgets are equipped with these.
Long storage of iPhone and charging after its end
Together with iPhone comes accessories that actually have no shelf life. So they actually can not go bad. But the phone battery is fastidious to environmental conditions. If it is not stored in the proper environment, it loses capacity significantly.
In order for the battery to perform its functions for a long time, you need to follow these rules from the manufacturer:
- Keep the phone charged. If the iPhone is constantly fully discharged, it will go into a deep state of discharge and lose its ability to lose charge. But even with a full charge it loses capacity and lifetime. The optimal level is around 50%.
- Store unplugged. If you do not plan to use the phone, it is better to turn it off, so it does not recharge, reducing the capacity by increasing recharge cycles. After 500 full cycles, it is recommended to replace the battery.
- Find a cool place. It is better not to leave the phone on a window sill on a hot day, otherwise it will kill the battery.
- Recharge them once every six months. Even if the device is turned off, it will gradually discharge. Therefore, every 6 months it should be charged to 50%.
Even if you follow all the conditions, gradually the battery will become unusable, but it will happen much slower. After long storage, the iPhone will not be able to turn on the first time. You’ll need to plug it in for about 20 minutes before it recovers.
In order for the battery to work properly and not have to be replaced too often, you need to follow just a few tips. Then after six months or a year, the box will have the same device that was hidden there.
Lithium batteries do have their own unique characteristics. Here are some of them:
- They are sensitive to low temperatures, so try to use your device less in the cold.
- Lithium batteries “don’t like” a full discharge, so try not to let your device discharge completely.
- There is an opinion that the optimum state of the lithium battery. about 50% of charge, that is, charge it to 100% is also supposedly undesirable. it is enough 80-90%. Whether this is true or not, it is difficult to say.
From experience we can say the following. the discharge depends not only on the capacity of the battery, but also on the optimization of the device. If the optimization is poor, even with a very powerful battery, the discharge will be very fast. Of course, all other things being equal, including the processor model, the screen diagonal, its resolution, etc.д. And dancing with tambourines in the form of “pumping” the battery will not help.
Variants of the first charging
In the days of nickel-cadmium batteries there were certain recommendations on how to charge your cell phone after you bought it in the store. Specialists advised to follow a certain scheme:
- Fully discharging the battery before disconnecting the power.
- Charging the battery for 12 hours (or overnight).
- Repeated full discharge.
It was recommended to repeat the cycle several times, and then you could charge the phone without waiting for it to be fully disconnected due to lack of power.
There was an alternative scheme that involved turning off the power for at least 24 hours. That is, users were advised to fully discharge the phone, connect it to the charger and leave it for 24 hours. Recommended number of repetitions. only 1 time. Another scheme called for plugging in before the phone would automatically power off.
Similar recommendations can be heard today, only it is not clear why. remember that modern batteries do not have a memory effect. Despite this, the employees of the salons continue to tell customers what has long lost relevance.
How to charge a new phone for the first time
The first charge of the battery is the subject of endless recommendations on the Internet. Many of these recommendations are irrelevant, moreover, they can harm the battery and lead to battery failure. Let’s understand, how correctly to charge the new cell phone.
- First you should discharge the battery to zero.
- After that the mobile device is put to charge. Usually it takes a few hours for the indicator to show 100%.
- Take your smartphone off the charger and use it.
After the first charging the battery must not be completely discharged. You should also avoid charging your device to 100% all the time. Frequent overcharge and subsequent overcharging significantly reduce the capacity of the battery.
Some sources state that a new phone should be charged from 8 hours to a day. But in this case more does not mean better. The power controller will turn off the charging process as soon as it is 100%.
Experts advise to charge cell phones not more than 95%. This will avoid overcharging and rapid failure of the cell phone.
The new phone with a li-ion battery
Lithium batteries, which are equipped with modern smartphones, do not have the memory effect. So no matter how you charge the battery, the capacity remains available in any case. It will decrease only as the battery wears out. If the battery has an inhibitor © TechSpot, you need to perform several charging and discharging cycles beforehand. Only then will the battery work at full capacity. That is, the first few times the battery should be charged to 100%, and then discharged to zero.
The new smaon with li-pol battery
Such batteries are sensitive to low temperatures, so you should not use smartphones for a long time in winter. This type of battery does not have a memory effect, so you do not need to charge it to 100% and then fully discharge. You can pay attention to the fact that in stores smartphones are sold charged at 40-60%. This volume is enough for several days.
While charging your mobile device it is better not to use it or load it minimally. This will increase the lifetime of your cell phone.
Types of batteries for the phone
Today a large variety of batteries are produced. Some of them are compact, while others are resistant to the environment. It is important to know what type of battery is installed on your smartphone. Charging recommendations will directly depend on this. Below are the most popular varieties of batteries that are found in mobile devices today:
- Nickel-metal hydride. Was especially popular in the era of button phones. Characterized by high resistance to temperature and humidity, but has a low capacity and great thickness. Of the disadvantages we can mention the memory effect (the need to fully discharge), which significantly degrades the battery life.
- Nickel-cadmium. Most common in large devices at the beginning of XXI century. Has a low cost of production and high capacity. Usually installed on low-priced devices with little functionality.
- Lithium-ion. Installed on all modern smartphones and tablets. Very popular thanks to its small size, reliability and no maintenance. Was first introduced in devices from Samsung. The disadvantages are poor performance in cold and strong heat.
- Lithium polymer. Has a high power consumption, while notable for its low production cost. It is based on the use of lithium salts and a polymer electrolyte. This compound makes it possible to create batteries of different shapes and sizes.
If you have a smartphone from Honor or Xiaomi, then be sure that they are installed Li-Ion or Li-pol batteries. The same applies to other manufacturers. all of them have also switched to the new format power sources.
How to charge a new phone for the first time
On the network you can find a lot of tips on how to properly charge the battery of a new smartphone for the first time. Alas, but among them are often erroneous tips, and gullible readers heed them and use such advice in practice. It reaches the point that in such recommendations you can find tips that are suitable for Ni-Cd batteries, which, as you know, are not used in portable equipment.
Our article refers to recommendations of Swiss experts from the company Battery University, which are recognized authorities in their field.
So, here are the detailed instructions on how to charge a new battery of a newly purchased smartphone / phone:
- Take the device out of the box, use it until the charge indicator does not go down to about 5%;
- The answer to the question of whether a new battery should be fully discharged is also obvious. no and no. However, try to avoid such a scenario in the future as well. Both types of batteries depleted to zero degrade at a higher rate. Full discharge is allowed only if it is necessary to calibrate the battery, such an operation should not be carried out often (once a year is enough);
- during initial charging, be sure to use the recharger included with your smartphone, even if it is low-power. It is the native charger that guarantees the correct initial setup of the battery controller;
- if for some reason you need to interrupt charging of the new battery of your smartphone, it is not fatal. Continue it when you have the opportunity. The main condition is not to use the phone during this period;
- for the above mentioned reason it is unacceptable to perform the initial charging with the USB-cable from the computer;
- no matter how much you have to charge a new phone to 100%, after completing the process, unplug the charger from the mains, do not leave the phone connected to the charger.
As you can see, there are few recommendations, and they are quite possible to remember.
How to prolong the life of the battery
After you have figured out how to charge the battery properly, it is worth learning about the methods and recommendations that will help increase the life of the battery, exclude premature “aging” and wear and tear.
In general, it takes 1-3.5 hours to fully charge your smartphone when charging from the mains. And also this time depends on the value of the capacity of the charge, the device with a capacity of 1500 mAh will be charged many times faster than the one that holds 4000 mAh. So the answer to the question, how much you need to charge your phone depends on the technical parameters of the battery, which is installed by the manufacturer in your device.
Do not use USB computer to charge your smartphone. First, with this method, the connector can not provide the optimal current level for charging, which leads to the fact that the device will charge for too long. Then, according to users’ complaints, if you often recharge your gadget in this way, the battery will wear out, the charge will not hold as long as it did before. It is better to use only the native cable and mains charging method, it is optimal and safer for the health of the battery.
As described earlier in the article, don’t leave your smartphone charging at night to avoid overheating the case, which contains vital phone components, including the battery.
Do not overheat your smartphone, as there is a risk of failure of the processor and other electronics. The battery may even catch fire and explode at a critical temperature. And also its resource is used up more quickly, and decreases in conditions of elevated temperature by 1.5-2 times. Remember: don’t use it in freezing temperatures or extreme heat, it may pose a dangerous risk to your gadget.
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