These enduring myths have been accepted as fact for years. But what was once common knowledge has now become obsolete as technology evolves.
Myth 1: You should never charge your device overnight
Are you afraid to charge your device overnight in case the battery is damaged? Don’t worry. Modern gadgets stop charging automatically and won’t overcharge.
Myth 2: You should avoid third-party chargers
Third-party chargers are usually safe to use, although they might not charge your device as quickly and reliably as the official charger. Buy from a reputable company like Monoprice or Belkin for best results, and avoidcheap knockoff chargers from unknown brand names.
Myth 3. Your device can be safely left outside or in the car
Your battery can be damaged by extreme cold and heat. The interior of your car can reach dangerous temperatures in summer. And temperatures can drop to damaging lows outside in winter. Check your manual or the label on the battery to confirm the optimum temperature range.
Myth 4. You must allow your battery to drain completely before recharging
Older nickel-cadmium batteries had a memory effect, meaning they needed to be fully drained for best results. This problem doesn’t affect the lithium-ion batteries found in most modern devices. In fact, lithium-ion batteries perform best when kept between 40% and 80% charge, and they can actually be damaged if left fully discharged for too long.
Myth 5. Your computer should always be turned off at night
In the past, hard drives and other computer parts wore out quickly, and it was recommended to shut down computers at night to prolong their lifespan. Modern computers are more robust and can be left running continually. The computer’s power saving mode will automatically save energy when not in use.