There’s nothing more agonizing than realizing your Android battery is about 30 minutes from crashing on you. It seems that even in the modern age of technology we still can’t come up with a commercially viable battery that can last for days without requiring any recharging.
If you’re experiencing this problem, there are options available to you. Let’s take a look at how Android batteries work and what you can to do slow their decline.
Why Batteries Die
In phones, as in most electronic devices, manufacturers use a lithium ion battery . The lithium ion battery uses a reversible chemical reaction with carbon and lithium ions. To keep your phone alive, it’s performing a chemical reaction. This allows your phone the power to work.
When you place the phone in the charger, the electrical charge is targeting the battery. The battery’s reaction is reversed in precisely the opposite direction.
Why do most batteries only last a few years at the most, though?
This is simple. Each time the reaction happens, a tiny amount of the reactants escape from the battery. It isn’t harmful to humans, but it means that the battery has fewer and fewer chemicals to work with each time.
It eventually requires more and more recharging, until the reactants run out completely. You can slow this down, though.
More Power Equals More Drainage
The reaction within the battery has to run faster and faster each time the phone requires more power. What causes it to use more power is all the settings on your phone. These can range from the screen brightness to having too many pointless apps running at the same time.
As a general rule of thumb, the more the phone has to work the bigger the burden on the battery.
Our charging habits have a drastic effect on the lifespan of batteries. The fact is batteries get hot when they’re connected directly to the mains. The longer it’s connected the faster it’s going to deteriorate. This is where so many people make mistakes.
No battery should be left charging overnight. It’s too long. When it’s fully charged, it’s just getting hotter and hotter with no benefits. The Battery University conducted a study into this. They discovered that the longer a battery remained at 90% or above (in other words, religiously charging it all the time) the fewer full cycles it could go through. It didn’t last as long as a battery that was allowed to discharge to around the 10% mark.
You can pick up chargers that automatically disengage your Android when it’s fully charged. These cut off the supply of electricity and turn your phone off again. That’s a more efficient way of charging through the night.
Screen brightness is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to battery drainage. The chances are your screen brightness is too high. Turn it down by visiting your settings. You’ll also find other options whereby the screen automatically dims after a certain amount of inactivity.
Software options like Tasker for the Android automatically lower the screen brightness for you. You can also use Android rooting software to break the manufacturer constraints on the phone and permanently lower it yourself. Beware, when using rooting software this might impact on your warranty.
If you have an AMOLED screen, change your homepage wallpaper to black. It uses less energy to display black than with any other color.
Apps are just as bad as having the wrong screen brightness settings. Every action by an app drains your battery life.
For example, free games that you can download tend to have ads. Each time these ads refresh, it drains a portion of your battery life. The same thing applies to performing real-time actions within these games. Every action requires the phone to expend more power.
There are also ads you don’t necessarily know about. Maps, which pinpoint your exact location, are constantly using power to track exactly where you are in the world. Unless you really need it, switch it off.
Thankfully, many apps these days come with settings designed to save power.
Another factor you have to take into account is the overall lifespan of the battery. By using a battery draining app , you’re forcing yourself to recharge the battery more often. As we discussed above, this only reduces the lifespan of your battery.
4G is the fastest version of the Internet we have right now. Newer Android devices will already have this capability available. You should never use it, though, if you’re wondering why your battery dies so fast .
We know that 4G coverage is fast, but 3G is by no means slow. Use 4G and you’ll probably get webpages loading a few seconds faster. It’s more convenient, but it puts a huge amount of strain on your battery.
Moreover, 4G is still in its infancy. It was designed to stream videos on mobile devices. For everything else, 3G remains king. Here are three important reasons why you should switch off 4G streaming permanently:
· A lot of areas don’t have any 4G coverage because only a certain number of carriers have made it available.
· You travel often between 3G and 4G areas. Switching between these two only drains the battery more than necessary.
· You don’t use 4G for its intended purpose of streaming videos. Plus, 3G is more than capable of streaming videos without buffering breaks in the majority of situations.
Overall, batteries are cheap to replace, but it’s a hassle to do so every year or so. Moreover, we usually have no need to do this. Prolonging the lifespan of a lithium ion battery is a matter of altering our charging and browsing habits.
In this article, we’ve covered the primary areas Android users need to address. Now it’s your turn to look deeper into them to find innovative methods of reducing energy consumption further.