The great battery exposé - 11 smartphone-charging lies you’ve been told

Do not believe everything people tell you about your phone's battery (unless those people are us!)

If there’s one constant complaint we hear from smartphone owners, it’d be battery life. Or the lack thereof.

Now that’s one topic that you’ll find Android and iOS users agreeing on. There’s a lot of hearsay floating around about what you should and should not be doing when you’re juicing up your phone’s lithium-ion battery.

We’re here to set the record straight for once and for all.

Lie #1: Charging your phone too many times will ruin its battery

Fact, it's not about the number of times you recharge the battery - it's how much the battery can hold.

A battery's charging cycle depends on the capacity, not the number of times it's been charged. If you charge 50% of a 2000mAh battery, it'll need to be charged for another 1000mAh before a cycle is complete.

That said, every battery has a finite life cycle. Which means there is a maximum number of charge cycles it can go through before it meets its eventual death. Typically, it’s a number in the thousands that shouldn’t affect you because you’ll definitely swap your phone for a newer model before you get to witness your battery’s demise.

Stay healthy: keep calm and charge your phone as and when it needs it.