How amazing would it be to have a cell phone that never goes off at any moment due to inadequate power? Unfortunately, even with advancements in today’s world, technology is yet to produce a mobile phone that has limitless battery life. Cell phones are useful devices for communication, entertainment, and business, and it is essential to keep them running at an optimal level at all times.
Mobile phone chargers are built to be durable, but certain factors can cause damage or reduce their lifespan. There’s nothing more frustrating than having a phone with a faulty battery and also a faulty charger. It is essential to observe some maintenance tips and save yourself from the misery of investing in a new charger every often. Here are three ways that you can extend the life of the charger and optimize its performance as well.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Excessively high temperatures from an open flame, a stove, oven, or the sun can damage a charger’s internal or external parts. Chargers are made up of electrical wiring beneath the outer casing. When exposed to high temperatures, the wires' physical structure can be compromised, causing it to malfunction. In extremely high temperatures, the external and internal parts of the charger may melt. So avoid using your charger near a flame, stove, or oven. Also, don’t leave it in the car during a hot summer day as the heat could surely damage it.
Low temperatures, especially those experienced during the winter are not suitable for your charger either. If you have to carry the charger from your home, put it in a purse or backpack, preferably one that’s insulated or has other items inside for warmth.
Wrap the Cord Neatly
A new phone charger is usually neatly gathered together with no twists or knots on the cord. However, after use, most people tend to wrap it haphazardly or bundle it together thoughtlessly. When a charger’s cord is wrapped incorrectly with twist and knots, the internal wiring is bound to break after some time. When this happens, it may fail to charge properly or malfunction altogether. For the charger to remain in good condition for an extended period, it has to be wrapped in the same manner it was during the initial packaging.
You may find it hard to fold the charger neatly after use, especially if you are in a hurry. In this case, you should leave it unwrapped rather than doing it incorrectly. Store it in a safe place like a drawer or on a table where it can’t be stepped on and damaged.
Protect the Adapter
The part of a charger that's inserted into the cell phone’s charging port is known as the adapter. This is one of the essential components of your charger, and you should handle it with proper care. If you have bought a new charger, read through the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the adapter. Also, ensure that it fits correctly into your phone. Trying to force the adapter in or out of the phone can damage the connector threads on the adapter and the phone’s charging unit.
Always observe care when inserting the adapter into the phone. If possible, use both hands – one hand should hold the phone while the other inserts the adapter into the charging port. Also, make sure that the charger does not come into contact with water as this can also damage the adapter.
Observe these simple maintenance tips to prolong the life of your charger. Also, keep it away from children as they can damage it with their teeth or pull it apart. And if you need a new charger, make sure that you buy it from the original manufacturer or an authorized dealer.