Battery Life Tip 3: Never store your iPhone with 0% charge
Obviously, using your battery is going to make it degrade. But it’s going to slowly die even if you just leave that iPad in the cupboard for a bit. There’s a trick to minimizing that inevitable aging though. Leave it a little bit of juice.
If you’re going to be shelving your iDevice for a long time, try to leave it with at least 40 percent battery power to tide it over. Lithium-ion batteries don’t hemorrhage power at 30 percent a month like nickel-metal-hydride batteries do; they’ll lose maybe five to ten percent of their charge each month.
This is because when lithium-ion batteries get too low – 0% charge – they get really unstable, and dangerous to charge.
To prevent explosion-type disasters when you do try to charge one, lithium-ion batteries have built-in self-destruct circuits that will destroy the battery for good, if it reaches rock bottom. It’s great that it will save you from a face full of battery-acid, but it’ll also leave you short 1 battery.
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