While the internet is certainly responsible for raising the average consumer’s awareness, the internet is also responsible for an insidious thing that no one could have foreseen: massive misinformation. There have been some amazing advances in cell phone technology and things that we thought would be impossible to do with a cell are now possible, but many silly myths persist that ought not to. In no particular order, let’s get into the myths and whether or not they’re true.
7. Putting Your Cellphone in the Freezer Extends Its Battery Life
This one has its roots going back all the way to the 1980s. people used to put their batteries in the freezer because the theory was that this somehow helps you eke out some extra power.
This didn’t work then and still doesn’t work now. In fact, putting your cell phone battery in the freezer is more harmful to your cell phone than exposing it to extreme heat! Avoid doing this at all costs if you want to be able to use your phone for its maximum lifespan.
6. Using Off-Brand Chargers Will Kill Your Battery
Before we get into this, let’s just say, “yes, you shouldn’t use sketchy, unbranded products off the street, but if the product comes from an accredited and trustworthy brand then you don’t need to worry about your battery getting destroyed.
There are tons and tons of chargers out there to choose from and you can always check out some Lumsing chargers, since, y’know, we’re involved in that whole industry and everything.
This rumor was most likely started by cellphone companies looking to cash in on accessories and who can blame them? That said, sometimes they have your wallet in mind and not your best interests.
5. Keeping Your Phone Topped Off Too Often Kills the Battery Memory
This is something that used to be a big problem with older nickel-based batteries, but this is no longer an issue with Lithium ion batteries.
The gist of battery memory: if you charged an old Nickel-based battery from 20%-100% every time, the battery would “forget” the other 20% and your battery life would be effectively 80% of what it was when it came out of the factory. It sounds nuts, but it was true for old phones but if you’re running around with the latest Pokemon go machine–we mean cell phone then you have nothing to worry about.
4. Charging Your Phone Overnight Will Make The Battery Explode
This one does have some basis in the truth, but it’s still false because it’s outdated.
Older lithium-ion batteries were more unstable than their modern cousins and could (rarely) explode if left charging for too long.
This is because Lithium-ion is naturally unstable, but recent advances in charging have made this issue less of a talking point since most smart phones are smart enough to stop feeding the battery after it hits 100%.
Sadly, these sorts of rumors still persist and cause many users to tentatively charge their phones over night.
3. Using Your Cellphone while It’s Charging Will Destroy The Battery
This one is a little bizarre but it makes sense. The idea is that by using your cell phone you’re killing its ability to charge. At some level, this may be truth. if you were to try and play an advanced video game on your phone while it was charging you might create a situation where you’re draining more than you’re putting in, but sending simple texts and using low energy-consumption apps probably won’t inhibit your ability to charge all that much.
2. Turning Off All Your Background Apps Will Significantly Improve Battery Life
Sure, turning off your games will definitely improve your battery life, but wifi, Bluetooth, and other features don’t put much strain on your cellphone’s battery.The simple truth is that most of the commonly used apps don’t burn all that much battery. Sure, a battery guzzler like Pokemon Go is good to turn off, but google maps, your Bluetooth receiver, and other small features are hardly worth turning off.
1. Charging Your Phone In The Microwave Is A Good Idea
This one is pretty ridiculous and it’s unbelievable that people would even try to do this.
This one is patently false and it’s only something you should do if you want a roasted and possibly explosive phone.
DO NOT DO THIS
So, we outlined a lot of the silliest cell phone battery rumors we’ve heard. Have you heard any awesome rumors about cell phones? Post ’em in the comments below!