You’d never know it, but the way you charge your phone can be crucial for not only your electricity bills and safety but also the lifespan of its battery. Do you know, for example, that car-charging your phone may be a bad idea? Your phone will juice up at a snail’s pace or maybe not at all!
Or you can get the opposite situation. Too much voltage can go into your phone. Before you know it, your little digital buddy is toast!By the way, guys, you shouldn’t charge your phone at a train station or those USB hubs in airports either. Same goes for cafes. “The only traveling I do is to the mall to shop!”
Ok, but it’s still not a good place to plug your phone in. Didn’t you know that? Then check out these tips about the right way to charge your phone, so you can use it in the best way possible and avoid any dangers.
jump in shade’s on start the ignition seat belt check phone in the charger of course but stop right there the usb ports in modern cars usually have less electricity than today’s smartphones need meaning your phone will juice up at a snail’s pace or maybe not at all especially if you’re using it say for navigation that or your super smart power hungry device will try to drink up electricity faster than the port can handle if you use the 12 volt lighter port you can get the opposite situation an adapter that malfunctions won’t do its job of converting that power flow too much voltage can go into your phone before you know it your little digital buddy is toast uh-oh another thing about car charging is that most of us let’s admit it use cheap gas station chargers when you don’t use the manufacturers you risk damaging your battery or even frying your device if you’re still not convinced there’s this a completely drained phone pulls about two percent of a car batteries juice not a big deal but hey that can add up and if anything it comes down to personal safety when you’re driving loose items lying around your car or in someone’s hands can turn into dangerous projectiles your phone tablet coffee tumbler you name it when you’re going highway speeds and come to a sudden unexpected stop those items continue to go highway speeds if they hit you going that fast well you get it literally secure your stuff or keep it all in the trunk your car is a bad idea a rental is a 100 percent no go the usb port is basically public there so think about cyber security to make your charge safer you can either use your own adapter or wait until you find a safe plug okay you travel other ways but don’t charge your phone at a train station or those usb hubs and airports either ever heard of juice jacking nah they don’t swipe your orange juice while you’re not looking your data can be extracted via usb port the battery’s full but your phone’s also full of malware and your personal data got copied charging at a public hub can even let bad guys remotely turn your camera or microphone on hey say something smart same goes for cafes but here most of us charge on the laptop you get the same problem as in the car your phone will try to drink too much but smartphones are called smart for a reason they’ll purposely take less knowing there’s other data using the same power source bottom line it’ll take forever and a day to charge up well the only traveling i do is to the mall to shop okay but it’s still not a good place to plug your phone in a lot of these scams operate in crowded malls they steal your banking information and then go shopping too yes your home electric sockets are the safest place for charging but avoid it during a thunderstorm lightning striking near an electrical pole can send a tsunami of power through the lines and into your sockets you get a serving of phone toast once again the house is usually good the bedroom is not what i mean is charging your phone near your bed can be hazardous if the cable is worn out or faulty it can cause a fire or if you’re like me worried about not hearing the alarm so you put the phone right on the bed with you not good if the pillow gets on it the phone can overheat and catch on fire and phones more specifically their blue screens are sleep steelers i know you’ll still fall asleep to youtube videos because i do too but if you don’t want to wake up to a drained battery since you can’t charge near the bed just set a timer for your multimedia it’s the stop playing option and it lets you choose how long you want something to play before it turns off automatically speaking of fires there’s a myth that phones can cause them at a gas station gas is extremely flammable but to start a fire you need at least a spark static electricity or matches can do that a phone even a faulting one not likely they put no cell phone signs up at gas stations to prevent cell distracted drivers from forgetting the nozzle in their tank and ripping the thing off the pump when they drive away oh you who forget something another common myth is that you can save a soaked phone by putting it in a bowl of uncooked rice rice absorbs water just like any other grain but it only does that when it comes in direct contact with the water if the phone’s wet on the inside rice won’t help it can actually corrode your device if the starch works its way in through the cracks and ports so that’s a no for the smartphone sushi the hairdryer is no option either use silica gel packets instead and don’t believe a shop assistant telling you your phone can ruin your bank card they just want you to buy a card holder since they earn more from upselling accessories any plastic card is composed of millions of microscopic magnetic particles that magnetic stripe is hard to demagnetize since it’s slim phones aren’t powerful enough to do that it’s also not true that you can be tracked by your sim card tracking is all about the imei number any phone has it’s transmitted to the nearest cell tower and gives you away a sim card can’t track you but your iphone does at least it keeps tabs of all the places you like to visit to check it go to settings privacy location services and system services it’ll be in frequent locations android devices do the same under location history in google maps geolocation apps are also infamous for eating up all the charge keep those off and make sure you have the camera closed and the fewest app alerts on to save some energy otherwise you might need an emergency stop at some unsafe public hub oh by the way if there’s no explanation why your phone goes through its charge so fast consider cyber security it could be a red flag that your phone’s been hacked and someone else is using it too could be watching or listening to you rumor has it that 4g uses more data than 3g the pages you load are the same no matter which g you’re on right the latter is way faster but it’s like eating a burger if i gulp mine down more quickly than you it’s a question of speed not the size of the burger same goes for 5g too gosh now i’m hungry there is something you can do to control data usage turn off the apps that hog it turn off automatic file uploading to any of your clouds get rid of all the automatic updates if you want some music or a podcast download it beforehand streaming chugs your data too oh yeah and you can take pictures without enough memory if your storage is full and you need to snap a pic open one of your social media apps take a photo when you start a new post the pic will be in your camera roll hey