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AccuBattery lets you keep an eye on those power levels

Our smartphone usage has increased in the recent past. But how often do you check your phone battery’s health status?

According to a report released in December 2020 by smartphone maker Vivo, mobile usage in India had risen 25% from April last year. Photo for representational purpose only. (AFP)

Ever since many of us started work from home, our smartphone use has increased considerably. According to a report released in December by smartphone maker Vivo, usage in India had risen 25% from April last year. That also means you probably charge your phone more often. But how often do you check the battery’s health status? Smartphones batteries have a limited lifespan and every time you charge the phone, it take a toll, lowering the battery’s capacity over time. AccuBattery is a useful battery health monitoring app which not only shows you its actual charge capacity (measured in mAh) but also how much wear and tear it undergoes with each charge cycle.

The app is designed on the principle that keeping your battery charged between 0-80%, rather than a full battery cycle from 0-100%, can enhance its lifespan 2x. A feature set up around this principle is the “charge alarm”. You can choose this option to receive an alert when your battery charges to a certain point.

The app also gives you real-time information on battery consumption—such as charge speed, temperature and voltage, how quickly your battery discharges, and the overall health of your battery. Once you start using AccuBattery, the app keeps a log on your charge and discharging history. The app is currently available only on Android.

The idea, according to AccuBattery's official website, is to 'not fix' your battery, but slow down the speed at which your battery health is deteriorating.
The idea, according to AccuBattery's official website, is to 'not fix' your battery, but slow down the speed at which your battery health is deteriorating.

Another interesting thing you can monitor with the app is how quickly your phone charges when you are using different cables or chargers, since not all of them are alike. The idea, according to AccuBattery's official website, is to "not fix"your battery, but slow down the speed at which your battery health is deteriorating.

Similar to AccuBattery, Battery Life is one of the top-rated battery data apps for iOS. It lets you monitor both your iPhone and Apple Watch battery levels.

Category: Tools & utilities

Ratings: Google Play Store: 4.6 stars; App Store: N/A

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