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Charging your phone up to 100% could be harmful

The debate about the benefits of charging 100% mobile phone batteries is still active. It is a recurring theme on which there is still no consensus today. And this year, the discussion has returned to the forefront thanks to the launch of the iPhone 11. Or rather, with the new version of iOS for these devices, the iOS 13.

Apple has decided that one of the algorithms of its new operating system, establishes what should be the level of charge of the batteries. Therefore, if you decide to buy an iPhone 11, do not be surprised if your mobile stops charging when the battery is at 80% capacity.

So if you plug your mobile to charge the battery to the maximum and hours after being plugged in, its level has only advanced up to 90%, do not be alarmed. Apple has structured this functionality with the goal that the batteries deteriorate as little as possible over time.

Tesla has the same philosophy for its electric cars

No matter how original this strategy may be, the truth is that it has already been applied in other industries. For example, the Tesla company has the same philosophy regarding its electric cars. Their cars are not charged more than 80% per day. Nor does it allow its battery level to drop more than 30% or 40%.

It is estimated that if you continue charging your electric car at this rate, the life of the battery will be lengthened considerably. Behind this there is a very consistent scientific study. It is known that lithium-ion polymers, which provide energy, have limited charge cycles.

So in every mobile phone, you have to know how to measure these life cycles. If you decide to charge your mobile when it is in the middle of its performance, the life cycle would be completed in a period of every two days. These tips are of scientific origin, derived from years studying the era of current batteries.

iOS 13, thinking about battery life

Precisely all these studies on how to extend the life of a battery have now been applied by Apple in its recent version of iOS 13.

Even if you don’t have an iPhone 11 with this technology, you can follow this same advice. To give a longer life to your mobile battery, put it to charge when it is a little below 40% to reach approximately 80%. It is estimated that the battery could thus have full performance and extend its useful life for at least two more years. The iPhone seeks precisely that, to extend the life of its batteries.

Apple’s attitude stems largely from the company’s problems with regard to the issue of equipment obsolescence. Apple teaches you through iOS how you can smartly charge your device.

Will Google adopt this strategy?

Apparently, Android is waiting to see the result that this technological strategy will have. Google does know that this is an intelligent solution and that there are applications of its operating system that work in the same way, to maintain the life of the batteries.

If accepted, Android mobile manufacturers may introduce similar measures. In the world of Google’s operating system, there are applications that have been limiting battery charge for years, but its full use involved modifying parts of the mobile phone through software (rooting), something that is not available to all types of users.

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