Charging the battery for many hours: how does it affect your phone?

There are a number of myths surrounding the health of smartphones and batteries that allow you to browse platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, as well as make video calls on Zoom or Google Meet, etc. All these activities drain the charge percentage of smartphones and force users to constantly plug them in for long periods of time.

It sure has happened to you that you notice that you are with 20% battery at the end of the day and the next morning you need to have your cell phone with 100%, then you decide to leave it charging overnight. Is this bad for your device? Here we tell you what is known about it.

One of the most widespread myths among Internet users is that having your smartphone connected to recharge the battery for hours could damage it and overcharge it. However, this is false.

Perhaps this situation was true when the first generations of cell phones used batteries manufactured from nickel hydride, which did show considerable consequences when charged beyond the necessary time.

However, things are different today. Smartphones are, as the name implies, smart and include new materials like lithium ions, which means 40% more charge. In addition, they are equipped with a protection chip that prevents the device from keep pulling energy after reaching the maximum percentage.

However, spending an hour or two than necessary for your cell phone to be ready to carry out all your activities is different from keep it plugged in for up to eight hours straight. What the latter generates is that your smartphone is bouncing between 100% and 99% throughout the night and that is harmful.

What experts in these technological elements recommend is not to let your phone go below 20% and keep it at 80%. This will preserve the health of your battery and prevent you from depleting the 400 charge cycles it has from the factory.