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Stop Charging Your Phone at Night, Here’s Why

Stop Charging Your Phone at Night, Here’s Why


Your smartphone is effectively an mp3 player,
portable gaming console, TV, and netbook all in one small package. No wonder it needs a ton of energy to power
up; so its battery better be good. What can we do to make it last? Certainly not charge it all night long. It’s a basic thing – you want your phone
fully charged in the morning so it’ll last through the entire day away from the comfort
of your home. Been there, done that. And even with cutting-edge smartphones that
can charge to max capacity in a matter of an hour, there’s no guarantee that you’ll
remember to charge it in the morning while you’re in a sleepy daze. Advice to leave your phone unplugged during
the night may seem risky and counterintuitive. The worst fear here is that your phone will
charge down while you sleep and won’t see the dawn of a new day to wake you up like
you’re used to. Frankly, it sounds like a horror story to
me. But still, you can’t go against the word
of science. Leaving your smartphone on a charger is bad
for it. It’s bad for the battery’s lifespan. Most modern devices use lithium-based batteries. Even though they’re rechargeable by nature,
and made with this process in mind, they’re highly vulnerable to constant interactions
with high voltage electricity, like in the outlets of your house. Just imagine, if you’re leaving your phone
on a charger overnight every night for a year, it’ll spend more than 3 months total in
contact with raw electricity. This amount of stress on a battery will inevitably
diminish its capacity. You’d be lucky if your smartphone lasted
for a little over a year in this case. Thankfully, it’s not all that bad, because
manufacturers know about this issue and try their best to avoid the damage. For example, there are automatic switches
on your phone that’ll stop the charging process the very moment it reaches 100%. It seems like that would solve the whole problem,
but it’s not that easy. You see, when your phone naturally goes down
to 99%, the charging will start all over again. Your phone goes from 99 to 100 % charged,
and back, many times during just one night, and this too can degrade the battery. Another thing you might take notice of is
your phone charger. I know, they seem to be simple tiny plastic
gimmicks to convert energy from an outlet to a USB plug. But if you pay close attention in a tech shop,
you’ll notice some of them cost a bit more than others. Good, high-quality chargers have special chips
in them that prevent overcharging. So it’s advisable not to skimp on chargers
– this way you won’t spend much more money on a new battery or entire smartphone too
soon. And what about charging cables? They’re also not just pieces of wire, you
know! Cheap cables aren’t compatible with features
like a Quick Charge, which is available on most modern devices in some form. But in some cases, it’s worse than that:
a poorly manufactured cable could cause a short, and then your smartphone would be fried
on a whim. Oh, My order? Yes, I’d like fried smartphone, some fries
with that, and a diet cola please… Overall, it’s always advisable to use good
quality tech when it comes to something as expensive as smartphones these days. But even all these reinforcements combined
can’t completely protect your smartphone and allow you to charge it for as long as
you want. These small charges and discharges between
99% and 100% will still occur, and the problem with them is that they’ll heat up your phone. Heat is bad for batteries. That’s why it’s so harmful for your phone
if you leave it in a closed car in the middle of summer. It’ll be all laggy and slow until you cool
it down. A battery left on the charge may produce heat,
but from the inside of the phone’s body, which is arguably even more destructive in
the long term. You can always ease this detrimental process
by taking your device out of the phone case when you’re charging it, but that won’t
completely solve the problem. There’s also some other advice going around
the internet that I’ll have to disprove as myths, and nothing more. For example, you’ve probably heard something
about fully depleting the charge of your smartphone and then charging it to the maximum capacity. For the present-day, this advice is almost
completely obsolete. This is fair for devices from the past decade,
because they were using a different kind of batteries, which were based on cadmium instead
of lithium. These batteries had a real problem with memory. Not that kind of memory. It was more like the amount of charge was
memorized by the battery. If it was charged to 30% regularly, it’d
be easy to get it to that amount, but hard to charge beyond it. Have you ever gotten so lazy you can’t even
eat? Are you kidding? Well, that’s kinda what was happening to
those batteries. This effect was also called a lazy battery
effect – clever name, ya think? Any modern lithium-ion battery won’t get
lazy like a cadmium based one, so you don’t have to worry about that. As is the case with the notion that the first
charge should be a longer one – this is about cadmium batteries too, and based on
the same problem I just mentioned. For a long time, there was little to no major
breakthroughs in the ways we power our devices. At least no sensible progress. The power of batteries grew to accommodate
our devices, which needed more and more power; but the sizes have decreased, leaving less
space to hold the battery. So the advances in engineering new ways to
manufacture batteries haven’t stopped. Scientists and engineers promise that soon,
we’ll have another kind of lithium-based battery that’ll be able to charge in a matter
of minutes and last for more than one day. And that’s not the most insane new idea
on the list. Can you predict what it might be? Tell me about the battery of your dreams in
the comments. But now let’s move on. As you already know, wireless charging is
a thing now, but it seems like scientists are ready to push it a step further. One of their new ideas is to make battery
chargers that can produce energy from a Wi-Fi signal. The very thing that was making us spend the
charge of our smartphones, will also charge them in the future! And how about charging a phone with a sound? Using piezoelectric principals, tiny nanogenerators
will be able to transform the surrounding sound to electric power. Even your own voice will be a good source
of energy – charging a phone while talking on it? Yes, please! Guess that’d be good news for service providers,
huh. Scientists from Japan are in the middle of
a decades-long study that will allow replacing lithium ion batteries with sodium. The main difference between those elements
is that lithium is quite rare and expensive, while sodium is literally everywhere. It’s one of the most wide-spread elements
on Earth! And batteries like that wouldn’t only be
more efficient, but also cheaper. Another idea is to use literal sand in batteries. Not quite literal though, as this battery
will use silicon – the main component of the sand. Thinned down into nano-silicon structures,
this element will be much more efficient in a battery than the graphite that’s used
now. And now to more expensive stuff: how about
gold batteries? No, actually it’s nanotubes made of gold
in batteries, where energy transfers through the gel will be so sturdy that the battery
won’t ever degrade at all. With a battery like this one, you’d be able
to charge your phone however and for as long as you like. But for now, the best course of action is
to use good quality charging equipment, keep your smartphone out of the heat, and most
importantly, keep the charge in it between 30% and 90%. Don’t starve it and don’t overcharge it,
and your smartphone will serve you for years to come. Or until the new whiz-bang model that you
just have to have comes out! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
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on the Bright Side of life!

100 thoughts on “Stop Charging Your Phone at Night, Here’s Why”

  1. My phone has lasted for years and I always charge it at night. I haven't charged it at night for a few months so hahahahha.

  2. I call bullcrap. My mom has a phone that is always charged every night for 2 years and about a month and the battery is still good and still last long :/

  3. The answer is Apple Optimized battery charging in iOS 13 , I would suggest the author/a of this clip to research ten subject and amend the advice given here

  4. Hi.
    I thing the phone battery life’s indenpend of what phone you are using.
    I had got in the past 2,5 years old phone .
    It wasn’t any battery problems.
    I was charging at night as usually I do .

  5. Rubbish
    Phones are lithium batteries and also use smart charge technology. Once full it is no longer charging just a maintain trickle. Will not keep going 99 100 at all

  6. I want to fly a radio control drone which should charge itself in the continuous flight.

    I want to control it at my home, on my laptop or desktop.
    And I want to observe the entire globe🌎 via sitting at my house with that very powerful drone (packed with a powerful camera) whose battery will last forever.

  7. I go to sleep at 10:30 and charge my iPad then
    And wake up in the morning at 6:50
    My iPad battery losses power fast!

  8. if you use the original charger from the box (especially when the newer phones with fast charging) the charging will stop when your phone reaches 100% and the plug stops electric current going into the cable.

  9. As a truck driver I leave the phone on the charger nearly 24hrs a day for years no problem. It doesn't charge, it runs off the power cable

  10. Mid video my dad ran in and said..

    “Remember don’t LeAve YoUr PHoNe ChARgInG AT NiGht!!”
    ;-; thx dad I’m watching a vid about it

  11. Interesting that you say that charging your ph1 at night will degrade life and will make your battery last a year if ur lucky. I have the opposite experience where I have had the same smart phone for 5 years and it has not degraded at all.

  12. My dream battery is a dream…..
    I won’t have to learn all these concepts, all these thoughts so fill my mine with fear! —
    As I’m not very tec-savy,.but I do have strengths, so why focus on my weaknesses? I like listening, lol, does that count? 😐😊

  13. So all this time we have just been turning our smarties into power gluttons!? Alright, phone, you're going on a diet!!

  14. 5yrs now charging while asleep.also fall 10x still no problem.i obsrve reason that breaks phones is by placing it in tight areas like in pants pocket while driving.or place in a bakoack full of evrything.that breaks phone easily

  15. Bright side: noise or voices could be sources of energy for your phone

    People in the future : * screams constantly at their phones *

  16. I’ve had far too many iPad chargers fray right before my eyes to ever trust charging anything while away or asleep.

  17. Well don’t worry children, my phone lost charge while it was off so I didn’t myself a favour and hit it with an axe, dunked it in paint and drove a car over it 20 times. Now my Brick is gone 😂

  18. Never believe it!! I charge phone every night for 2 years, I don't get any problems in battery! Who is agree with me!

  19. Man theres some BS on the internet nowadays. This is a busted myth. Most late model phones now have smart tech that protects the phone from damaging the battery from overcharging, overheating etc. So yes it is fine to charge your phone during the night. That being said keep in mind your phone only has so many charge cycles before it degrades. Batteries all have a set lifespan.

  20. We're in modern day and we use lithium-ion battery as you said…After the battery is fully charged the current flow to the battery will be stopped automatically…So the thing that you said is a myth

  21. Jokes on you guys….. my phone using my iHome as its charging station…. it’s never plugged into an outlet now I think about it nether is my iPad…. I have it going through one of those extension brick things so it’s never plugged in…. also my iPad has lasted since 2016

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