The Definitive Answer on Battery Charging!


You’ve probably heard some people say you should drain your battery completely before charging it, but that applies to older nickel-based batteries.

Most of your gadgets these days will run on newer Lithium Ion batteries. Lithium batteries last longer when you shallow discharge, and keep them cool.

The gist is: Don’t drain your battery all the way, and don’t overcharge or overheat them.

I’ve set my low battery indicator to 50%, reminding me to plug in well before the battery is drained. Honestly, though, batteries have a finite life no matter what, and your efforts will only go so far, so don’t stress about it too much 🙂

If you’re interested in the power capacity of different battery technologies, real and imagined, see the graph below for a bit of detail.



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