Much to humanity’s general advantage, technology is constantly evolving and growing. From the simplest tools to the highest levels of science, the world of technology is changing by leaps and bounds all around us. And, fortunately for us, that includes even the seemingly basic things like the batteries running our laptops, phones, and other electronic devices. What might have been true for yesterday is often simply not applicable to today when it comes to technology- but whether or not that information spreads too is where the difficulty lies. In consideration of that fact, here are four common myths about battery life in modern-day electronics, and whether or not you need to be concerned about your charging habits.
- Batteries are forever. This is a tagline reserved for diamonds only, and rightly so. Batteries are simply not immortal, as much as we become attached to them. No matter what you do, no matter how much you baby your electronic device, your battery will eventually die. It’s a touch of temporality that we mortal humans can appreciate and empathize with.
- Batteries aren’t affected by temperature. Extreme temperature is one of the most damaging things you can expose your electronic device to. What is particularly damaging is heat, which can be caused by anything from leaving your device out in the sun to letting it run too long or too busily.
- Going to 0% is good for your battery. Full battery discharges are not recommended for any device, even when you’re storing it long-term. Cycling a battery from 100% to something like 25% or 50% is far healthier for your battery rather than letting it hit rock bottom at 0% and then charging it back up to 100% when you need it again.
- Leaving your battery charging all the time is bad for it. Most electronic devices now contain technology that is intelligent enough to know when to quit charging when the battery is full. This means that you shouldn’t ever, technically, be able to overcharge a modern device. However, the scare comes from overheating your device by leaving it charging for too long. If your device remains cool throughout the whole process, it’s a safe method to use.
Most experts agree that charging your devices in doses is better than doing large cycles, and that allowing for your devices to lose charge at least once in a while is healthy for their batteries. However, as with all things scientific or intellectual, professionals disagree. While the minutiae may be debated, keep your electronic device’s battery cool, dry, and with at least a bit of charge all of the time- and you should be just fine.