The cell phone battery has become an essential part of the equipment for users. Some manufacturers have focused their development on improving this component and it has become the axis of promotion and differentiation campaigns.
The concern to offer a better battery has led to extensive research. The most recent was carried out by Harvard scientists. The result is encouraging. They claim to have developed a battery whose useful life is up to a decade. Most lithium-ion batteries withstand up to 1,000 charging and discharging cycles before causing wear. This new development promises that the battery will only lose one percent of its capacity after those same 1,000 cycles.
Following are 5 myths about the battery:
# 1 – You should not leave charging during the night:
FALSE – Now manufacturers design their systems so that when the battery has reached its full charge, the current is stopped, which prevents overload. Lithium batteries comprise two recharging phases, one called ‘fast charging’, which goes up to 80 percent of capacity, and another ‘slow’ that goes up to 100 percent capacity. No problem if you leave your cell phone charging all night.
# 2 – It is better to let it download completely before loading it again:
FALSE – The batteries handle charge cycles. An iPhone manages around 500 recharge cycles before losing part of its battery capacity that is around 20 percent. The experts recommend that you do not let your cell phone completely download because that means losing a complete cycle. It suggests recharging the cell phone when the battery is at 50 percent. If you carry out a small recharge (for example, from 90 to 100 percent of capacity) you will spend 1/10 of a cycle, but not the entire cycle. It is not harmful to carry out those small recharges.
# 3 – The battery lasts longer if it is larger:
FALSE – Although a large battery (more than 3,000 milliamps/hour) should provide greater autonomy, this depends on the characteristics of the equipment, both in terms of hardware and software. The duration depends, for example, on the size of the screen and the technology it uses.
The processor is also relevant. The latest chips go to an architecture called Big-Little. The system divides the nuclei into two groups. For example, in an eight-core processor, four works at high speed (say 2.1 GHz) and the other four operate at a lower speed (like 1.7 GHz, which translates into lower consumption). The first ones enter to operate only when demanding tasks are executed (like a video game) and the second when basic applications like WhatsApp are opened.
Some layers of Android customization, in addition, offer additional features that help save energy. Such is the case of the Huawei Emui or the Samsung Touch Wiz.
# 4 – Close applications save battery:
FALSE – Close applications little or nothing contributes to improving battery life. In fact, in some cases, closing them, in order to have them reopened shortly afterward, may imply greater consumption. However, it is recommended to prevent them from continuing to operate in the background. Some of the most battery consuming in the background are, according to a study by Avast Software, Facebook, Google Maps, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat.
# 5 – Using a different brand’s charger is bad:
YES and NO – There are third-party chargers that do not harm the battery and are of good quality – sometimes they are even better than the original ones. Current phones will adapt to the voltage and power supply. The only real precaution you should have is not to buy poor quality chargers. In this sense, doubt those whose price is too low compared to the original. Also, try to buy chargers with the proper voltage and amperes so that it does not take a long time to recharge your battery.
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