Hey Lifehacker, Is leaving a device plugged in to a charger actually all that bad for the battery? I know it's not that great if it's left in for days on end, however I've found that a few hours does no harm. Any thoughts? Thanks, Battery Boy
Laptop picture from Shutterstock
As we noted recently in a detailed discussion of this topic, having a device with a lithium ion battery plugged in all the time will, ultimately, shorten the lifespan of the battery.
That said, you need to be a realist about this. Eventually, your battery is going to die no matter what you do. For a device that's often away from a power source (such as a mobile phone), it's worth taking extra care. Conversely, if you have a laptop computer but generally use it at home or in the office, having it plugged in all the time isn't going to be a major issue.
Check out the full discussion for more hints on maximising battery life.
Got your own question you want to put to Lifehacker? Send it using our contact form.