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6 Simple Mistakes Destroying Your Expensive Tech

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When you spend so much on your device, surely you’ll treat it well from the start? Well, our continued dependence on technology in our daily lives has seen us all get into some pretty bad tech habits. And these bad habits can actually destroy your expensive devices from the inside out. From the dangerous to the daft, self-certified tech lovers, Fasthosts, warn against the six worst bad habits that everyone needs to be aware of.

1. Cheap cable replacements

We’ve all broken the cable that came in the box and ordered one in a panic for next day delivery or picked one up for a quid, but this is actually the worst way you could be damaging your tech.

These cheap, off-brand cables can cause permanent damage to your devices, and even put them at risk of fire or electrocution. It’s well worth the investment to buy a cable from either the original brand or a trusted manufacturer, and once you do, treat them with the utmost care. 

2. Letting the battery die

Like letting your tank get to empty before you finally pull into the petrol station, it can be super bad for your tech to let the battery drain all the way to 0% before plugging it in. Of course, your phone battery will never be as good as it was when it was brand new, but bad battery habits can speed up that degradation and destroy your battery sooner.

The solution? Avoid your battery getting below 20–30% and opt for regular, shallow discharges before topping up. Try to keep the battery between 20% and 80%. 

3. Using while charging

It’s a habit we all do – the bedtime scroll after quickly saving your device from the brink of death. But it’s one that you may want to break.

Using a device while it’s charging is a lot for it to handle, and this can generate extra heat as well as put a strain on your battery. Overheating can cause your phone to shut down, resulting in permanent damage, and can increase the risk of a fire.

4. Charging overnight

We all do it, and there’s no denying its convenience. But studies have shown that letting lithium-ion batteries drain and then charge to 100% in one go, such as overnight, can lead to a shorter lifespan in the long run. Leaving a full battery plugged in overnight can also lead to overcharging, waste energy, add to your electricity bill, and risk overheating and fires.

5. Not cleaning regularly

Bad for your skin and bad for your device. We hate to break it to you, but all your devices are filthy. But the importance of keeping your tech clean goes way beyond lurking germs, because there’s actually a right way and a wrong way to give your devices a scrub. The wrong way – using harsh disinfectant wipes – can damage your device’s screen and worm its way into the internal systems.

Dust, crumbs and grime can get into the tiniest cracks and crevices. While these won’t generally damage your devices, they can clog fans and other key moving parts, leading to component failure and overheating. Yikes. 

6. Never turning it off

We all need a break every now and then, and it’s the same with our devices. A weekly restart can help to refresh the software, clear memory, and reboot any apps that might be left malfunctioning in the background. It can also help clear out any bugs and instantly shut down battery-draining apps that you’ve forgotten to close.

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