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  • New smartphone? Great! Now don’t charge it past 80%

    Posted on April 12th, 2021 at 01:06 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    Sales of new smartphones are skyrocketing — Samsung’s new S21 line sold three times as many units in the US in March 2021 as last year’s S20 series did in the same period, according to SamMobile — but few people are learning from the manufacturers about these phones’ dirty little secret.

    That’s the fact that charging these devices’ lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries to a full 100% wears out a great deal of your battery’s capacity within a year or two. This has been written about before. But in this story, I’ll show you how to triple the usable life of your gadgets’ batteries — either on your own or using a simple app.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.13.0 (2021-04-12).