When choosing an iPhone, or Android device or considering a phone upgrade for either of those, battery life is always a factor in the decision. When shopping for phones, battery life is often one of the listed features. This is of course because we use our phones so much and we want the battery to last as long as possible. All phones come with a charger, but it is not always so convenient to charge our cell phones.
At a bare minimum, we need our phones to last for the day and we’ll be content to charge them during the night. In rare cases, phones with exceptional batteries will last for up to two days.
As phones become more and more powerful, and are loaded with faster processors and graphic displays, the battery life in these devices will require more and more battery power. In addition to this, phones are always becoming thinner and lighter in size and the physical size of the battery isn’t going to get any bigger.
Knowing all of this, we really can’t expect the battery life on our new mobile devices to be that great. In reality, a good battery will keep our phone powered for the day and need to be charged just about every nice.
Since we have to charge these phones daily, batteries are going to wear down faster and faster. The last iPhone 6s I picked up used to hold a charge for 48 hours with mild usage. Now after about 15 months, my battery will only last me for the one day and sometimes, my phone’s battery percentage will drop sporadically.
So the next logical question would be, “How do I know when to replace the battery on my mobile device?”. Here are a couple symptoms that you should look out for.
Symptoms of an iPhone battery that needs to be replaced.
1. The battery doesn’t hold a charge for very long.
The amount of usage of a mobile phone changes from one day to the next. Some days, we might not pull our phones out of our pockets. Other days, we’ll be on the phone, texting, and researching on our mobile browser constantly.
This kind of usage causes the battery to run down at different speeds each day depending on how much we use the battery. Some days we might even have to charge up during the middle of the day.
This kind of use makes it a little harder to measure when the battery isn’t lasting as long as it used to.
Still, most of us can notice the gradual decline of our phone’s battery life. The most obvious sign is a phone that can’t hold a charge for the length of a day. That’s probably a good time to replace.
2. Battery percentages change randomly
This happens all too often. Out of nowhere, we’ll notice the percentage of battery remaining on our phone drop significantly.
As an example, and iPhone battery could be reporting 58 percent battery remaining. A couple minutes later, when we pick up our phone, it might say 15 percent.
That kind of random drop can be caused by a phone not receiving a full charge cycle. This can be remedied by making sure that you allow your mobile phone’s battery to drain all the way down, and then give it a full charge to 100 percent.
Regularly allowing your mobile device to have a full charge is considered a good practice to maintain a healthy iPhone phone battery life. This can extend the life of a mobile device battery.
However, a battery percentage dropping suddenly, can also be a sign that it is time to replace the battery. This is especially true if performing a full charge cycle on the phone doesn’t remedy this problem.
3. Battery becomes hot to the touch during usage or charging
Sometimes using a newer mobile game on an older phone will cause the phone to heat up. This is the phone’s hardware being maxed out and isn’t necessarily related to a battery issue. This means the game shouldn’t be played for long periods of time.
Running a phone too hard and having it heat up can cause damage to the internal components of the phone.
The iPhone battery might be an issue if the back of the phone is hot during something as simple as a phone call or sending text message.
It might also be an issue if the phone is heating up while charging the phone, especially if the charger is the actual charger that came with the mobile device.
Sometimes aftermarket chargers can be an issue and that should be considered if the phone doesn’t charge properly or heats up during a charge. Name brand charges are always the best choice even though there are some quality aftermarket charging options.
4. Phone is slowing down and apps aren’t running as well
Many phones have a low power mode to conserve the life of your battery. You can usually recognize when your phone is operating in this mode because your screen is darker, and your phone runs a little slower.
However, if your apps start to run slow and are even freezing while your battery still shows a decent battery percentage, this can be another sign of an iPhone battery that is worn out.
Replace my cell phone battery or upgrade to a new phone?
This is a great question. Should I pay to have my iPhone battery replaced? Or should I get the latest and greatest phone with all the new bells and whistles?
We can’t really answer this question for you. We can tell you that if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms with your phone’s battery life, it’s a good option to replace the battery.
The cost of replacing the battery on a cell phone is a much more economical option. This is true especially considering the increasing cost of new mobile phones. The latest iPhone as of the date this article is written is well over $1,000.
As a comparison, an iPhone battery replacement by Kraft and Sons is only $49 and can be done in under an hour. Replacing a battery will extend the life of your phone.
While you won’t get the fastest phone with the best and newest camera, you’ll get your phone back to working for much longer, at least the entire day unless you just can’t put your phone down at all.
We know that a new cell phone battery isn’t as glamorous as a new phone, but it will be much better on your budget.