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Do You Need to Drain the Battery of Your Power Bank or Smartphone Before Charging?
Unravel the truth about charging your power bank & smartphone. Learn why you don't need to drain the battery before charging and enhance your battery life.
Remember that age-old myth of draining a battery down to zero before charging it up to full again? It's something we were always told during the early days of tech, but when it comes to a modern solution like a power bank, does it still stand?
The short answer is no, this doctrine is rooted in the past, and for today's batteries, it's unwarranted. In this guide, we're covering all you need to know.
The Days of Memory Effect
There was a time when batteries housed in our devices were plagued by what's commonly referred to as the 'memory effect.'
These were the days of Nickel-cadmium (NiCd) and Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries. The memory effect caused these batteries to 'forget' their full energy potential when repetitively recharged before being fully drained.
This undermined their lifespan and efficiency, necessitating full battery discharges before recharging.
However, this was years ago, and battery technology has evolved tenfold, meaning the idea of having to run a battery down to zero before charging is effectively an old wives' tale and is no longer relevant.
Today's Power Banks and Smartphones: A Shift in Battery Technology
Fast-forward to modern day, and mainstream portable devices, like VEGER power bank and your favorite smartphones, now harness the power of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) and Lithium-polymer batteries.
These battery types offer enhanced stability and reliability, sidestepping the pitfalls of their NiCd and NiMH predecessors.
Lithium-ion batteries, composed of an energy-packed cathode and anode, function through an energy transfer process between layers. Unlike their precursors, they don't suffer from memory effects.
In fact, draining a Lithium-ion battery to excessively low levels can actually be harmful, weakening the battery and reducing its lifespan. For optimal performance, it's best to recharge these batteries before they fall below 10%.
Instead, keeping the battery as full as possible, as and when you can is better.
Extending the Life of Your Power Bank and Smartphone
To keep your devices pulsating with energy for longer, adhere to a few simple yet crucial maintenance tips.
Firstly, don't let your battery fall under 10% before recharging. This holds true for all your Lithium-ion or Lithium-polymer powered devices, including power banks and smartphones.
Next, keep your devices away from extreme temperatures - both hot and cold, as these can inflict irreversible damage to batteries.
Finally, ensure that you're using a quality charger, like those offered by VEGER. Inferior chargers can negatively impact battery health, so invest in a reliable one.
As with many aspects of technology, the tale of battery maintenance has progressed along the timeline of innovation. There's no longer a need to drain your power bank or smartphone battery before charging, thanks to the robust nature of Lithium-ion and Lithium-polymer batteries.
For a more vibrant and dynamic energy experience, take care of your devices, and harness the convenience and longevity they strive for.
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