Things you should never do while charging your smartphone

We do not pay any heed when it comes to charging our smartphones. Whether it's the charger or the charging process, always consider these points below before putting your phone on charging. These will guard your phone against battery damage and help improve its longevity.

1: Trust only your charger

If you often grab a colleague's charger, you are harming your phone's battery. Always charge your phone with its own charger as other chargers may affect the battery performance, capacity to store charge and over all life of the device. And, if it all you use another charger, always ensure that the replacement charger's output voltage (V) and current (Ampere) rating matches the original adapter or is approved by the phone's manufacturer, according to Gadget News.

2: Charging your phone whole night? Stop!

Most prefer to charge phones whilst sleeping, causing the device to overcharge and overheat. This is dangerous for the battery's life so unplug the charger when the phone is charged.

3: Remove phone cases while charging

Phone cases are a good option to protect the phone's exterior from scratches and damaged, however, always remove the case while charging. As phones heat up while charging, protective cases obstruct heat dissipation.

4: Avoid fast chargers

Always using a fast charger might not be the best thing for your battery's health. This process sends higher voltage to the phone's battery, which results in a rapid rise in temperature. Opt for a normal charging cycle, if your smartphone provides this option in its battery settings.

In case your phone heats up abnormally, immediately keep the power button pressed for a few seconds till the display switches off. Allow the device to return to room temperature before powering it up

5: Uninterrupted charging till battery reaches 80% charge is best

Always ensure that your battery reaches at least 80 per cent charge while charging. Also, try not to interrupt charging process by unplugging from the charger. And, remember it is not necessary that the phone should always be topped up to maximum battery charge.

6: Invest in quality power banks

Buy power banks that promise protection against voltage surge, short circuit, over-current and overcharging

7: Avoid using smartphone while it is connected to a power bank

This increases the temperature of the phone, shortening its battery life.