“I just got this phone 6 months ago, and my battery won’t even last all day! It goes from 90% to 10% in less than an hour! What’s the deal?”
“Hey, I resemble that comment!”
No, really….it truly is. People just don’t know that their bad habits kill their phone batteries. Don’t be a killer, your battery wants to keep you connected…it really does!
In the month of June, Oops Repair has replaced:
- 8 iPhone 6 Plus Batteries
- 20 iPhone 6 Batteries
- 27 iPhone 5S Batteries
- 21 iPhone 5C Batteries
- 13 iPhone 5 Batteries
- 7 iPhone 4S Batteries
- 5 iPhone 4 Batteries
- 3 Galaxy S5 Batteries
- 7 Samsung Galaxy S4 Batteries
- Various others as well
That is a fair amount of batteries…but if you notice the ones at the top of the list, it seems that the newer phones should have a longer battery life, right?
Lots of factors can play into the precious battery life of your phone. Here is a list the top 3 common culprits. They can be seen in everyday life, killing their phone battery softly and slowly. (Queue up “Killing Me Softly” by the Fugees)
The-Over-Charger: This not-so-rare phone user species leaves their phone plugged in ALL the time. They love to see 100% battery and panic whenever they see it drop below 90%. They plug their phone in at any opportunity. If it’s not in use, it’s plugged in. Even if it is in use, it’s plugged in. The battery, over time, will “learn” that most of the battery cells are not to be used. And without it using all the battery cells, it can’t hold a charge. Eventually the battery will only hold a charge for a very short time.
The-Wait-Until-The-Very-Last-Second-Plugger-Inner: Typically found in the younger generation, this problematic habit forms from allowing their battery to get to 1% before plugging them in for 10-15 minute bursts, allowing the battery to only charge to 15% and rush off to their life of texting once again, only to plug it back in 20 minutes later at 1% yet again. Thus the cycle repeats. The battery once again “learns” to never operate on a full charge and will not fully charge properly over time.
The-Chronic-Leaver-Of-All-Apps-Open-At-All-Times: We see this specimen constantly at Oops Repair. They have a bazillion apps open and NEVER close them….like ever. When you double tap that home button on their iPhone and you’ll spend the next half hour swiping up to close all the games, GPS, Maps, and the 217 Social Media apps they are addicted to. They smile wryly and ask “Does that really matter?” Um….in a word, YES! The background refresh on all those apps is killing your battery! Stop it! If you have more than 15 apps running in the background at any given time, you’re this person. Oops Repair sponsors O.A.A. (Open App Anonymous) meetings once a week to help overcome this addiction. “My name is Josh, and I’m a chronic Open App user.”
Let me teach you now, Grasshopper, how to do it right!
The “Model” Battery User: The ones that get 2-3 years of battery life are among the elite in this life. They know the game, and play it right. Bad habits….yeah, as if…What are those? The guidelines below will help you to be pro-life for your battery:
- Wait until your battery gets BELOW 20% before charging it. The lower you let it drain, the more life you’ll get out of it. Even if you’re going to bed and it’s at 35-40%, let it go, charge it at work instead.
- Allow it to FULLY charge before unplugging it. If you can allow it to charge to 100%, let it.
- Don’t leave it plugged in longer than a few hours if it’s at 100%. Overnight charging is about the longest you want to leave it plugged in.
- Close your unused apps throughout the day. It’s a lot easier to close 15 apps than 200.
Bottom line: Plan your entire day around your phone. It’s your life. We know it is. Just kidding.
Hope it helps! Let us know if you have any comments!