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Mobile Battery Charging 21 Aug 2018 16:02 #9878

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Question....how long do you guys charge your smartphone for on a daily basis? I have two phones. Both 3g+ but not apple or anything fancy, just an Alcatel Pixi 4 and a GoFone which a friend gave to me a few years ago as it was a spare.

I find that when I charge the batteries in both phones and allow the percentage to go up to 100% believing this was telling me the charge was at the maximum, I unplugged them and then found the battery was slowly going down at a rate of knots after just using the phone on and off over the week. I have since read in the Alcatel Pixi instructions to charge it`s battery for a MINIMUM of 2.5 hours! No wonder mine was draining too fast! :blush:

I`ve read people charge their phones overnight (so for about seven hours?) and other sites saying not to allow the charge to exceed 100% as it causes burn out. So who is right? Given smartphones are mini computers, I know that a battery for a laptop will onlyrun for around two/three hours before it dies, so just want to get some feedback on this from eveyone who experiences this or can give advice on usage and how long a battery should be charged for.

I plan to run the phone all day tomorrow just to test this theory, but I barely need to have the phone ON all day because I don`t tend to get texts or calls from people all the time,so it`s a bit of a waste of batter life to have the phone switched on for no reason.
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Mobile Battery Charging 21 Aug 2018 16:25 #9879

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I have heard so many conflicting things about chargeing phones some say dont leave it in the charger while some say its ok i realy dono what to belive but i just leave mine in the charger prety much all the time.

this may help you.

batteryuniversity.com/index.php/learn/article/do_and_dont_battery_table
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Mobile Battery Charging 22 Aug 2018 08:55 #9893

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Great site Finn, thanks. Have saved it to read later on. Noted this:

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I use Lithium-Ion batteries (as most smartphones use) so interesting it states charge for 3hrs* recommended and not overnight! I charged my Alcatel Pixi phone for 3 full hours yesterday (so way beyond when it hits the 100% alert) and when I started using the phone, it lost 3% of that charge after about 20 minutes. :huh:

My theory was if I charged the phone for about five hours, that 100% wouldn't budge, but it always starts to drop after about 30 minutes of being turned on. I realise the phone does background stuff and possibly uses some of the charge, but I have a lot of apps turned off and keep location, wi-fi, Bluetooth and brightness low or off. Data too. So try to limit what the phone sucks up in terms of updates etc...
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Mobile Battery Charging 04 Sep 2018 08:34 #10057

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Once a battery has to keep being recharge its on its way out, this why they have designed them in smart phones as unserviceable and most are forced to bin the phone after 3 years,keeps the robots ticking along nicely.

The more dead the battery the longer to recharge.Some say only recharge the battery in a smartphone 100% once a month its then suppose to recalibrate the battery.
So having it constantly powered up 60-80% most of the time and a full recharge at end of month,i dont bother with this and just recharge as and when and never had a problem yet.

“Lithium-ion batteries don’t suffer the memory effect so charge them often but not all the way throughout the day, and don’t let them drop to zero.”


My smart phone battery use to last i think 5 days wit usage always on and now down to day and a half so anytime now due for the bin after 3 years :) :(
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