Summary of “You’re Doing It Wrong: 3 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Your Phone’s Battery « Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks”

From talking to individual respondents, it appears many people were like me and confused about which charging habits are actually bad for your battery.
As a result, it exacerbates many bad habits regarding poor battery mismanagement.
Often with my laptop, I would watch videos and do homework late into the night, eking out what little battery I had left to accomplish whatever task I had. Afterward, I would plug it into the charger and go to sleep for the night to wake up to a full charge – but I never stopped to think about what happens to the battery overnight after it hits 100%. Even back then, without fast charging, it didn’t take eight hours to fully charge a battery.
At 77°F, the battery capacity reduced by 20%, meaning the maximum amount of energy the battery could store was now 80% of its original capacity.
To restore your capacity, you’d need to fully discharge your battery so that your battery would remember its full capacity.
Depth of discharge is the difference between the starting battery percentage and ending battery percentage, which determines the number of discharge cycles your battery has.
Most of us have at least 30 minutes to spare while getting ready, and by that time, fast charging should have your battery up to at least 50%. Depending on the battery percentage when you began charging, 30 minutes could give you an all-day charge.
Instead of 100% capacity, electric vehicles charge only to 80% and deplete to only 30%. This way, every electric vehicle lives its entire life in the sweet zone, and when the battery capacity begins to reduce, the system slowly increases the depth of discharge to maintain the same battery life while preserving the battery.

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Summary of “Who Charges Those Electric Bird Scooters?”

Every afternoon around 4 p.m., when school lets out, Brandon, an 18-year-old high-school senior in Los Angeles who asked to be referred to only by his first name, goes “Bird hunting.” He heads for his minivan and, on the drive home, he’ll swing through convenient neighborhoods, picking up about 13 Bird electric scooters along the way, tossing them into the back of his car.
“I’ll go home, put the 13 I initially caught on the chargers. They’ll charge for about three hours until around 7 or 8 p.m.”-when Bird makes more scooters available for charger pickup.
Charging a Bird doesn’t require a ton of electricity, so minus the labor cost, charging a few scooters overnight is essentially free-especially if you live in a large apartment building and can do so in your bike room.
“Charging scooters for Bird is like Pokémon Go, but when you get paid for finding Pokémon,” says Nick Abouzeid, a 21-year-old charger in San Francisco.
Like Pokémon Go, when you enter “Charger mode” the Bird app displays a real-time map of Birds across your area that require charging.
The reward for capturing and charging these Birds can range from $5 to $20 depending on how difficult the Bird is to locate-and some can be really hard to find.
Bird chargers have described finding Birds in and under trash cans, down the side of a canyon, hidden in bushes, or tossed sideways on the side of the street.
Some vigilante Bird chargers who will stop at nothing to retrieve lost Birds and claim the $20 rewards have been known to falsely act as official representatives of the company.

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Summary of “The 40 best gadgets of 2017”

As testament to its success, more and more non-Nintendo games are being released for the device and video streaming services are coming soon.
This slick pedestal, from Chinese charging giant Aukey, is both more attractive and more practical than the flat wireless chargers that have preceded it.
With three internal coils and adjustable feet, it makes the idea of wireless charging seem less gimmicky and more genuinely convenient.
The latest iteration of Specialized’s acclaimed cycle weighs a tiny bit less and features a redesigned frame for a more sumptuous ride.
In contrast to one-button Clooney gadgets, this new package offers a dazzling array of steam and steel, allowing home baristas to take total control of their morning cup.
The “Digital” motor is fitted in the handle, to make the dryer more nimble, and blades have been added to reduce noise and increase efficiency.
As we’ve come to expect, and its design is gently reminiscent of a hand grenade.
The sooner you buy one, the more time you’ll have to play with it before the legal crackdown on drones comes into effect.

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Summary of “Why you shouldn’t charge your phone in your car”

The INSIDER Summary: Turns out, charging your phone in your car could do more harm than good.
Plugging your phone into a car’s USB port could stall the charging and even damage the charger.
The best thing to do is to get home to charge your phone at an outlet.
Why? For starters, the USB port in your vehicle probably provides less electricity than your phone really needs to charge.
By plugging your phone into a low-power USB port like the one in your car, you allow the device to swallow up power at a rate that’s much too fast for the port’s capabilities.
As a result, your phone might stall while it charges, or worse – barely charge at all.
While the extent of the damage depends on the type of phone you have and its battery, the odds are high that your device is depleting your car’s battery as it charges.
If your car is an older model, you might want to avoid charging your phone through its USB port.

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