One of the most important things about a shiny new iPhone is its battery health. I mean, sure, the sleek appearance does it plenty of justice, but what’s the use if it won’t stick around for long enough?
You may have noticed that your iPhone battery health is at 80 percent. This begs the question; is that good or bad?
An 80% battery health is perfectly okay if you’ve been using your iPhone for over two years. In fact, Apple considers that in the optimal range.
In this article, we’re going to talk all about iPhone battery health as well as what causes it to degrade.
What Does Battery Health Mean?
Most people would assume that battery health is simply the battery percentage displayed in the top right corner of the screen. In actuality, battery health refers to the capability of the battery based on when it was new and after you’ve used it for a while.
Think of it like this: you buy a car that holds 10 gallons of gasoline. However, after a few years of use, you find that it’s become only capable of holding eight gallons.
This is exactly what happens to batteries; they age over time. This is why starting from IOS 11.3, Apple released a new ‘Battery Health’ feature that’ll give you a percentage of the remaining battery capacity based on how much it degraded.
How Can I Know My iPhone Battery Health?
To know your battery health percentage, all you have to do is go to settings > Battery > Battery Health. You should find your battery health percentage there.
The current performance of your battery is also displayed on the Battery Health screen. For example, if your battery is performing optimally to support all of your apps, you’ll see that your phone is operating at ‘average peak performance.
If your battery capacity is at 70% or below, you might see a warning. Don’t worry; your phone will continue to operate normally, but the duration between charge cycles will shorten.
Is 80% Battery Health Considered Good?
Typically, new phones come with a maximum battery capacity of 100%, which seems like the optimal percentage, right? Well, not necessarily.
In fact, Apple itself claims that any battery capacity of 80% or above should be considered optimal. As a result, their one-year warranty covers any iPhone with a battery capacity of 80% or more.
When Should My iPhone Battery Capacity Reach 80%?
The simple answer is two years or 300–400 charge cycles. Apple claims that all iPhone battery capacities range between 90% to 100% in the first year. Within the second year, it’s expected to drop down to 80%.
Read more: iPhone stops charging after a few minutes
What Causes iPhone Battery Health to Deteriorate?
iPhones use lithium-ion batteries. Just like any other battery, lithium-ion will chemically age over time. The more they age, the more their health will deteriorate. This, of course, has an impact on their performance, charge capacity, and power output.
Overall, this is a natural process and isn’t a cause for concern. However, other factors may contribute to the battery’s health degrading. These factors include:
- Exposing Your iPhone to Extreme Temperatures
Exposing your iPhone to extremely hot or extremely cold conditions is one of the most harmful things you can do to its battery. Therefore, iPhones should ideally be in temperatures ranging from -4º to 113ºF.
Although iPhones have a built-in protection function that disables them at severe temperatures, it’s advisable to avoid reaching this stage altogether.
Things like placing your phone screen-side up in the sun or charging it in a scorching hot car will undoubtedly harm the health of your battery and cause it to degrade rapidly.
- Draining Your iPhone Down to 0% Percent
This is something many people aren’t aware of. I mean, it’s relatively normal for your battery to die and then be recharged. No big deal, right? Some people even claim that draining your battery to 0% before fully recharging it is beneficial.
Read more: iPhone battery health 75 percent
In reality, allowing your phone to drop to 0% is extremely harmful to your battery and can certainly shorten its lifespan and cause it to degrade quickly.
For this reason, it’s best to charge your iPhone a couple of times a day to avoid running it down to 0%.
- Overcharging Your iPhone
I mean, haven’t we all left our phones charging overnight so that we “wake up to a charged phone”? Personally guilty! As much as we hate waking up to a dead phone, the amount of damage overcharging can do to your battery and its lifespan just isn’t worth it.
Technically, you’re not “overcharging” your phone because, well, you can’t. What you’re actually doing is forcing too much electricity into an already fully charged battery. As much as you might think overcharging is harmless, it really isn’t.
Apple introduced a new feature that displays battery health as well as a warning if the battery needs to be replaced. If your battery health percentage is 80%, and you’re wondering if that’s good or bad, you’ve come to the right place!
If you’ve been using your iPhone for two years, then an 80% battery health percentage is considered optimal.