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Pretty much everyone has a mobile phone these days and many will notice after a certain period of time a mobile's battery life isn't what it once was.

There could be a variety of reasons for this including wear and tear - but it could also be because of charging habits.

Many people charge their dead phone up at the end of the day, and it is often left by the side of the bed while sleeping.

But it turns out it might be doing more harm than good.

Most smart phones, tablets and other gadgets are lithium-ion batteries which contain an anode, a cathode and a chemical electrolyte.

When the phone is being used, the charge is pushed from the positive cathode through the electrolyte and attracted to the anode before flowing out to the different components of the phone. Once you’re plugged in and charging, this process is reversed, according to the Mirror Online.

We reveal the best ways to charge your mobile phone

A company that offers devices which test smart phone and other batteries, Cadax, runs a free educational website called Battery University.

The website spotted by Business Insider reveals what you can do to prolong the life of your phone.

Charge it little and often

Many are guilty are leaving phones charging over night but this isn't the best way to prolong battery life.

It doesn't matter if you only charge up 10 per cent or 20 per cent as, according to Battery University: "Partial charges cause no harm."

Don't let your phone run out of battery before charging

We're often told that you should use your battery completely before you charge it right back up again.

But this isn't ideal.

According to the experts, a "deep-discharge" where you run it down to a fraction of its power is actually bad for batteries and will wear them out quicker.

So avoid the red warning if at all possible.

Keep your phone's battery between 65 per cent and 75 per cent

There is also an optimal point to maintain your phone's power - kind of like the optimal speed limit for burning gas and covering distance in a car.

People are advised to carry a battery pack
People are advised to carry a battery pack 

According to the team at Battery University, the sweet spot is between 65 per cent and 75 per cent of your battery's full charge.

Never fully charge the battery

This might sound strange but apparently you should never charge your mobile up to 100 per cent.

The modern lithium-ion batteries do "not need to be fully charged, nor is it desirable to do so."

The website states: "In fact, it is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery".

You don't need to remove the charger when it's full

If you do decide to ignore the point above, the good news is that you don't have to remove the phone after you've hit 100 per cent.

Battery University points out that the charger automatically turns off when it hits 100% so you're not doing any extra damage by leaving it connected to your device.

Source:
http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/tips-how-charge-your-phone-1016285

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