Seven charging mistakes that kill your iPhones

Old iPhones stop working sooner than the owners expected because charging habits slowly damage their batteries.   Here are seven charging habits that are killing your iPhone:

Charging to 100 per cent
You don’t have to charge your battery as soon as it drops below 90 per cent. Maintaining a full charge is not the most efficient way to keep your phone battery strong.  According to, experts suggest leaving your phone battery at  between 30 and 80 per cent full adding that it is most comfortable and will run most efficiently at that level.

Letting the phone die
Lithium ion batteries become volatile when they drop down to low power. Every full discharge slightly wears down the phone battery.  However, Apple and other experts suggest you letting the phone fully run out of battery every one to two months to “calibrate” the battery gauge.

Overheating the battery
Although this may not be a charging issue, it is still very important. You may notice that your phone sometimes becomes sluggish after it has been exposed to the sun for a while.  That’s because iPhone batteries hate extreme temperatures, and have to work extra hard when the temperature is too cold or too hot. According to Apple, the ideal temperature for iPhones (as well as iPads, iPods, and Apple Watches) is between 32 and 95 degrees.

Using your wireless charger too much
Mophie storage and protective cases for iPhone batteries can work with wireless chargers and they are useful when you are going out of the house. Unfortunately for your iPhone, both your battery and the case itself emit heat during charging, which can do long-term damage to your device. To avoid overheating, try a portable power source that doesn’t attach to your phone.

Leaving your case on while you charge
Put off the Mophie storage case while the phone is charging.  If your phone feels too hot when it’s plugged in, it’s possible the Mophie storage case might be trapping in the heat that’s produced while charging.

Not charging your backup phone
If you have another iPhone that you are using as a backup, make sure it is kept in a cool place and is roughly half-charged.  According to Apple, if you leave the battery completely depleted, it will fall into what is known as a “deep discharge state,” which will make it drain out battery fast in future.  Conversely, if you store it fully charged for an extended period, it may lose some capacity as well.

Using the wrong charger
Your Apple-issued charger is designed to cut power when the battery hits 100 per cent, but those cheap unauthorised third-party USB cords are not, and may do some damage to the battery.

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