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This Is The Weird Reason You Should Only Charge Your iPhone Battery When It Hits 50 Percent

And why you should stop short of filling it to 100 percent.

BY Olivia Ovenden | Sep 4, 2016 | Technology

Battery anxiety is reportedly effects 9 out of 10 people, which is rather a lot. As well as knowing the hacks to eek out your remaining time like closing app that chomp through your battery, your charging routine will effect your battery capabilities. 

In order to get the most from your digital accomplice, you might want to start charging it when it hits 50 percent.

The idea that we should drain our phones down to zero percent before recharging is apparently a myth, as this will in fact shorten the lifespan of your phone.

Instead, what we should be doing is giving your phone regular bursts of charges in order to keep it healthy. Think of it like eating small and often.

Jake Swearingen at NY Mag explained:

"It all comes down to something called "depth of discharge". Essentially, it means how much of your battery's power you use before you start charging it again. What does this mean in real numbers? Over at Battery University, they broke down the number of cycles before you see degradation in a lithium-ion battery at different depths of discharge. When you consistently burn through 100 percent of your battery's power, you'll start to see your battery lose its ability to hold a charge after 300 to 500 cycles. But! If you use up only 50 percent of your battery before plugging it back into a charge, you can go 1,200 to 1,500 cycles before your battery starts to go into decline.

What's more, if have the inclination to really micromanage your battery charging, it's better to charge nearly, but not all the way, to 100 percent. Being charged at 100 percent produces a small amount of heat, and lithium-ion batteries hate heat. Granted, this is a tremendous amount of work. It's much easier to simply charge up overnight, not think about your phone during the day, and plug it back in at the end of the day. If you want to split the difference, aim for trying to not let your phone get below 50 percent as much as possible. Charging it to 100 percent will have a much more negligible effect on how long your battery will continue to hold enough power to get you through the day."

Understand that? No, we didn't really either, but in short, charge your phone regularly so it continues to be able to hold charge and don't charge all the way to 100 percent. 

Easy-peasy. 

From: Esquire UK.