Last week, we gave you a rundown of how the battery in your phone (and laptop) works, and . Now that's all well and good but we understand that eight is sort of a lot. So to make it even easier, here the two most basic things you can do for your batteries.
1. Avoid heat.
Aside from general use, heat is probably the biggest killer of batteries. It's also the easiest to avoid. Don't leave your battery in a parked car during the summer. Don't leave it out in the sun. Don't use wireless chargers or high-voltage quick chargers if they're making your phone feel hot. Super heavy applications that make your phone hot? Avoid those too. Don't block the vents on your laptop. Put it on a fan-stand. Store your batteries in a cool dry place.
2. Avoid charging all the way up, or discharging all the way down.
Lithium-ion batteries like the one in your phone really don't like to be charged from zero to 100%, or discharged from 100% to zero. Charge your battery a little bit whenever you can. Plug it in when you're not using. Top it off whenever you can. Always err on the side of keeping it charged in fits and starts over one long charge and then one long discharge.
There are , but these two will give you the greatest benefit for the least amount of trouble. Batteries can be a fickle thing, but if you follow these two most basic guidelines, you can rest assured you've got the basics right.