How to prolong smartphone battery life span

How to prolong smartphone battery life span

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - It's funny how our smartphones are getting more advanced and demand us to use them more often than we used to, yet the battery cannot keep up with our increasing usage.

Over a decade ago, our phones were not as smart, but you could use them for days without charging them.

Today, we constantly fight for the charging cable and Wi-Fi connectivity just to preserve our battery life. We turn down our screen's brightness and purchase power banks of different shapes and sizes to help keep us going.

Battery management is something we all wish we did not have to deal with, but we still have a long way to go before we could finally get that two-day smartphone battery life without compromising on how we use our phones.

The new Sony Xperia Z3 tops at two days, but even that would require light to moderate use.

Smartphone battery technologies are improving, but not at a rapid pace. We now have fast charging, wireless charging, and smarter power management software, but none of these give us longer battery life, especially if you're a power user.

One of the most obvious improvement is in size, as the bigger the battery, the more juice it can carry.

This is why many phone companies are pushing for bigger phones each year; they'll have a larger compartment to store a giant battery.

Even then, bigger does not necessarily mean better. In the case of Samsung's feature-packed but power-hungry Galaxy Note 4 phablet, the beautiful quad-HD display alone already takes a huge toll on its lithium-ion 3220 mAh battery.

At least for many Samsung phones, you can swap with a spare battery when you need to go the extra mile without having to stop and recharge.

However, rumour has it that Samsung would ditch its legacy removable back cover design in favour of a more unibody metal design for its future smartphones, which mean that users will no longer be able to swap batteries.

In fact, many smartphones today are going the iPhone route - slim and sleek unibody design at the expense of removable back covers.

Many phone companies are now obsessed with slimming down their phones, including Apple, and this would also require shrinking the battery size to fit into the design.

Eventually, developers would have to design a wafer-thin battery that could give an all-day battery life. While I see this as a possibility, it's not going to happen anytime soon.

For now, the best way for us to enjoy a decent amount of battery life on our smartphones is to take good care of the battery in our phones.

Smartphone lithium-ion batteries degrade over time, and it's important to keep them in good shape in order to prolong its lifespan. A good idea is to always use quality, certified accessories to charge your phone, and avoid cheap brands and knock-offs that would potentially harm your battery.

One thing we have to keep in mind is charge cycles. Every phone battery has a limited number of charge cycles before the end of its life.

Going from zero to 100 per cent may degrade the battery quicker, so frequent 'short-burst' recharge (which we normally do) is always better than one daily full charge up.

Finally, don't let your phone get too hot. If it does, remove the case to let heat flow out of it. It's also a good idea to take your phone case off at night if you're going to leave your phone plugged to a charger overnight.

And don't worry about overcharging your phones. Today's phones are so smart that they are able to stop power from the charging cable when their batteries are already full.

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