Relax! It’s OK to charge your smartphone all night, expert says


Most of us charge our smartphones overnight although in the past we have been told this just about the worse possible thing you can do to your smartphone.

However, an expert for iFixit claims that leaving your smartphone on charge all night won’t cause any long-term damage.

Kyle Wiens said: “Having your phone plugged in at night doesn’t diminish the battery. It’s all about cycle count, it’s all about how you actually use the battery — how much work you’re making the battery do.”

“In terms of the gradual erosion of battery life, what must be understood is that phone batteries are constantly in a state of decay,” a spokesperson for Anker, a company that makes battery and charger accessory, said. “Sleeping with a phone charging overnight will make no noticeable difference in the process.”

It seems that we are now told it’s all about the recharge cycles, but to most of us that’s probably just a new “buzz word”.

The recharge cycle is when the battery goes from 100% to 0% and that classes as a full cycle and all batteries apparently have a “perfect operation up to 400 cycles”.

However, after those 400 cycles that battery life will diminish and charging your device overnight will make little or no difference to those cycles.

Wien did want to stress that using the original charger along with its cable perhaps played a far greater role that had previously been thought.

Using generic chargers or even other devices can cause damage to the battery and even to your health in more extreme cases.

So, who do you think is right? Probably the answer to that will never be known!


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