If the percentage of the battery in your phone / tablet / laptop makes big jumps (from 80% to 35%, for example) it may be time to calibrate it by following this simple trick.
Although there are still people who still charge each new device that is purchased for a whole day, the truth is that for years it was no longer necessary thanks to the lithium-ion batteries. This is because they lack the so-called memory effect that caused nickel cadmium batteries that were not fully charged to lose some of their capacity. However, that removes that the battery of your smartphone, tablet or laptop needs some care to function optimally.
This is because The useful life of lithium ion batteries is limited to a number of cycles that usually ranges from 1,000 to 1,200. Counting one cycle each time the battery recharges 100% and not every time it is connected to the charger. Or what is the same: four loads from 75% to 100% (25% each) count as a single cycle. From there the degradation is greater and they begin to lose capacity. Although many times it is not necessary to get to the last cycles to see the first problems.
That your battery goes from 80% to 15% in a few minutes is not normal
The main problem with today’s battery technology is that sometimes the device that controls it miscalibrate causing the percentage real of the battery and the one that appears on the screen have little to do. Hence, sometimes that percentage hits big jumps (from 80% to 15%) and even reaches a point where the phone can be turned off with a 20% battery or 1 hour endurance. Yes you suffer the last case you may think that your device is a whole champion, but the truth is that the problem is as worrying as in the other examples.
If the phone, for example, you do not know the exact percentage of battery it is very likely that the system cannot function as it should. If you think your battery is low you can activate the mode low consumption ahead of time (with the limitations that this imposes) or, on the contrary, you think that there is still a lot fuel In the tank it can go at more revolutions than it should. Hence in any case it is necessary calibrate the battery.
How to calibrate your battery (insert device name)
First of all, I have to make it clear that this trick will not fix a damaged battery although, done regularly (every 2 months) can recover a small percentage of capacity that you may have lost.
What if is going to get is that your phone / tablet / laptop knows again what is 0% and 100% charge. Something that can end once and for all with the jumping problems and the erroneous percentage of those that I just talked about.
To calibrate your phone’s battery, just follow these steps:
- With the phone charged 100% salo normally until it runs out of battery. No small refills in between.
- When the battery reaches zero and the phone can no longer be turned on we let it rest for 6-8 hours.
- After the waiting time, we connect the phone to its charger and we let it charge for several hours. In this step you have to use the phone as little as possible, so the ideal would be to have it turned off or in airplane mode. It is advisable leave it connected a couple of hours more after reaching 100%.
- At this point, all that remains is to restart a phone that should already show the correct battery percentage.
The same method is also used to calibrate the rest of the devices with lithium ion batteries, from smart watches to laptops.
If you are one of those who barely takes off the phone during the day performing the calibration process can be quite inconvenientSo my personal recommendation is do it overnight or weekend..