There was a survey last week that found a longer battery life is the number one feature people want in their phone. So here are three ways to help your battery stay charged longer. And they’re all backed by science . . .
1. Don’t let it get too hot. Heat speeds up the chemical reaction inside the battery and drains it faster. So don’t leave it next to a heater, or let it sit out in the sun.
2. Never let the battery die. Lithium ion batteries degrade over time, so eventually they can’t hold as much juice on a single charge. And they degrade faster if you always let the battery die before you charge it. So if your phone’s about to die, you should just turn it off.
3. If you won’t be using it for a while, store it half-charged. Right around 50% is good, and keep it in a cool, dry place.
It’s only worth doing if you’re turning it off for at least a few days though. Like if you’ll be out of cell range all weekend, or flying overseas where you can’t use it. If it’s only for a few hours, don’t worry about it.