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    How do you maximize the life cycle of your phone's battery?

    Since my old basic phone had a removeable battery I just recharged it whenever I felt like doing it, thinking I could just buy a new battery when the current battery got to the point that it couldn't hold a charge for very long.

    Since some smartphones have nonremoveable batteries, I guess it is better to keep the battery in the best condition possible.

    So how do you maximize the life cycle of your cell phone battery? Do have to let it drain all the way down each time before recharging?

    And is there a "diminishing return" where letting the battery drain all the way is more time consuming and more trouble than the return in the extention the battery's life is worth? Like is there a sweet spot in ease of use versus battery life, like recharging the battery withing the 10% to 30% (just pulled those number out of nowhere) range?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    For the longest battery life, try to keep the battery charge between 40% and 80%. Never drop below 40%, never charge over 80%.
    Just attempting to do this will be of benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old User View Post
    So how do you maximize the life cycle of your cell phone battery?
    http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/a...ased_batteries . I don't follow all of their advices, but some people do.

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    Elon Musk suggests keeping the Tesla batteries between 30-80% for increased battery life - similar to your suggestion.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracfancier View Post
    For the longest battery life, try to keep the battery charge between 40% and 80%. Never drop below 40%, never charge over 80%.
    Just attempting to do this will be of benefit.

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    Thanks everyone for the replies.

    Do you guys have a technique to monitor your phone as it charges? Maybe an app that alerts you when the phone is at 80%?

    Or do you just time how long it takes to charge it to 80% by monitoring it the first time, and then use that time as a reference for future chargings so you know when to come back and unplug your phone?

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    Give this a try: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...es.accubattery
    I used it before, but had to stop because I have too many other apps running

    Quote Originally Posted by Old User View Post
    Thanks everyone for the replies.

    Do you guys have a technique to monitor your phone as it charges? Maybe an app that alerts you when the phone is at 80%?

    Or do you just time how long it takes to charge it to 80% by monitoring it the first time, and then use that time as a reference for future chargings so you know when to come back and unplug your phone?
    Cheers!

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    I wait Yelm my battery gets to 20 percent before chargeing it

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    You will most likely have a new phone by the time the battery dies...

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    In the meantime it doesn't hurt for those inclined to do what's practical for them to prolong their phone's battery life. I have a 2 year old phone with non-user replaceable battery which I'm not ready to retire yet, even though I don't have newer phones.

    Quote Originally Posted by steiny180 View Post
    You will most likely have a new phone by the time the battery dies...

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    The huge majority (naturally that excludes hofo) just use their phones and never have a problem. I've noticed OCD types spending so much time trying to get 1% more out of their battery over a year that they could have purchased another phone with all the time they've wasted.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steiny180 View Post
    You will most likely have a new phone by the time the battery dies...
    That's the way I see it.

    HN and QV keep offering phones with minutes.

    I changed phones twice this year just for the minutes. And as a footnote. The last phone I got from them - the 1200 etc. was tripled. And still kept my old minutes, etc.

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    Just enjoy your phone and keep Bluetooth, wifi, GPS off if you don't use them every day.

    Sent from my R1 HD using HoFo mobile app

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    IMHO, obsessing about the ultimate in battery longevity isn't worth the effort.

    There are some basic things you can do to allow a battery to last longer if it is convenient.

    Avoid deep discharges. Recharge before it gets down to 50% if you can.

    Avoid fast discharges if you can. Streaming video, tethering, and GPS nav with the screen on are the worst I can think of. If I need tethering or GPS nav, I am going to do it anyway.

    Avoid using the battery when it is hot if you can.

    With a little care when possible, the phone will be obsolete before the battery gets weak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp99 View Post
    Just enjoy your phone and keep Bluetooth, wifi, GPS off if you don't use them every day.
    With regard to wifi, Does it really take that much? Or should I turn off the cellular when I am in wifi usage range.
    I have the R1 HD also. With FP. I am home it seems 99% of the time and when I am out and about I am driving
    or doing errands that don't need a phone.

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