Do you let your mobile phone die before charging it?

Cell Phones
@Marcyaz (35616)
United States
July 19, 2016 2:28pm CST
My family and I have been discussing this as they say you shouldn't charge your phone until it dies on you but I disagree with them and this is why. Modern cell phones contain lithium-ion batteries that don't have a "memory effect" like older nickel hydrate batteries had. You don't have to let the lithium-ion battery run completely down before charging. Charge lithium-ion batteries for two hours a day for normal cell phone usage---just talking, not texting, using devices connected to the phone or Internet usage. If your phone's battery is the original one installed in the device, consider replacing it if it won't hold a charge. Only charge the cell phone battery when it is very low. Don't wait until the cell phone battery is completely dead before charging. You won't be able to receive calls or texts if the battery is dead and you don't have the charger on you. If you do a lot of texting, make sure you keep your charger with you in case the battery starts to die.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
I never bother to run down the battery. My mobile goes on charge every night, irrespective of what use it has had during the day.
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@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
19 Jul 16
I dod not let my run down either.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
@Marcyaz If I completely missed a night of charging it would not make any difference, but I place it on charge from force if habit.
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@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@Asylum That is a good way to keep it charged up.
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@DianneN (82237)
• United States
19 Jul 16
I keep all my products fully charged, even in the car.
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@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@DianneN Good for you I do the same.
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@pgiblett (6587)
• Canada
20 Jul 16
The only time I bother charging it in the car, these days, is when it is desperately low.
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@DianneN (82237)
• United States
27 Jul 16
@pgiblett I use mine a lot when traveling. Of course, my hubby is driving at the time.
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@jaboUK (54871)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
I don't use my phone a lot and just charge it when it's getting low. I never let it completely run out.
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@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@jaboUK I never let mine completely run out either.
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@Bhebelen14 (5206)
• Philippines
19 Jul 16
Always charge my phone when only 10% battery power left.
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@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@Bhebelen14 Good you do that then.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
19 Jul 16
I just charge mine every night no matter what it is at, and sometimes during the day, if it gets under 35%
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@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@Jessicalynnt I charge mine sometimes in the daytime also if it is low.
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• United States
19 Jul 16
I try to never let it get to the dying point if I can avoid it.
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@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@DanieGirl80587 I don't let mine get to that point either.
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
19 Jul 16
I don't let it run down completely.
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@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@paigea I don't either, good for us.
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• United States
19 Jul 16
I stick mine on the charger often during the day. Works for me!
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@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@jeanniemaries Works for me also. lol
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@JustBhem (41327)
• Davao, Philippines
19 Jul 16
I charged my phone if it's on 10% level. I don't charge it when it's empty.
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@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@JustBhem Good that you charge it at 10 percent.
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@dodo19 (33316)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
20 Jul 16
I charge my phone when I notice that my battery is low.
@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@dodo19 I hope you never let it go down to zero.
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@dodo19 (33316)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
20 Jul 16
@Marcyaz no I don't. I generally charge it when I see that it's at about 25%.
@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@dodo19 I am so glad to hear that.
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@chris2050 (1335)
• Manila, Philippines
20 Jul 16
I usually think about charging it when the battery give me the signal that it's dying. I don't actually have the habit of charging it everyday, or of checking the charging level
@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@chris2050 Hope this information was helpful and you will start checking before it runs completely down.
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@chris2050 (1335)
• Manila, Philippines
20 Jul 16
@Marcyaz Yeah, it was really helpful. Besides, I am sorry, I forgot to thank you for sharing that. When it comes to appliances, I never care much. I just buy them and use them, when they spoil, I buy new ones, I never try to ask myself what went wrong. my wife in the other hand is very careful about brands, she even read user manual for the things she buy. I can't just do that. Thanks for the info. Will try
@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@chris2050 How nice of you to say so. I like to keep things in working order as long as I can, good your wife reads the user manual.
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@gudheart (12742)
20 Jul 16
I can't risk it as I might need my phone to make calls etc so I always try to recharge it when I can. My iphone battery is so weak tho even not using it for hours and the battery drains.
@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@gudheart Wondering if you might need a new battery. How old is your iphone?
@acelawrites (12228)
• Philippines
20 Jul 16
Yes,I do that too. I charge my phone when the battery is already low.
@JudyEv (130207)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
Thanks for this information. I didn't know any of that.
@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@JudytEv Your Welcome glad that you now know about this.
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@rina110383 (24070)
20 Jul 16
I charge it before it runs out of battery.
@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@rina110383 Good thing to do.
@LoriAMoore (4672)
• United States
19 Jul 16
I charge mine overnight every night.
@Marcyaz (35616)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@LoriAMoore Good thing for you to do.
@Hannihar (40132)
7 Jun
@Marcyaz I charge my cell phone every morning during the week even if it goes down a little. I never let ti die but it has gone down a lot before I charged it.
@Jackalyn (6684)
• Oxford, England
28 Oct 16
I just keep mine on charge wyen it gets to about 15%.
@pgiblett (6587)
• Canada
20 Jul 16
To be correct all batteries have some lingering memory effect, but it is not as bad as the older batteries. I try not to let my smart phone die because it can be more painful to re-boot it than just keep it charged while in use. That said I often put devices on charge for 10 or 15 minutes, just to give them a boost. that way my tablet stays charged (even if not at 100%). As an aside texting is no worse than other smart phone activity, such as email.