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iPhone Battery Cycles – Introduction, Counting, and Checking

Jan 15, 2021   Pageview:61

You do not expect any battery to last forever because there is a specific period that they ate designed to last. As time goes, the batteries become weaker and weaker, and eventually, their lifespan ends. Therefore, you need to know how long the battery that you have can last.

The iPhone batteries undergo the same fate as any other battery. Most of the phone batteries used in the world today are lithium-ion batteries. They are useful in phones because lithium can easily give out electrons during the battery's chemical reactions.

Later in this article, we shall look at the procedure you can follow to check the battery cycle. This will help you manage the battery use and know when to replace it. There has been a significant improvement in terms of capacity in the current era of phone batteries.

However, there has been some change to the battery cycle, and they are much better now. This guide will help you know what a battery cycle is and how to check in an iPhone.

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What is a cycle on a battery?

This term can be challenging, especially for people who are not working in engineering and manufacturing. However, it is quite simple, and I am sure you will fully understand it today. It is an essential thing that everyone needs to know.

When a battery is being used to supply power to a device, it is being discharged. After it has been completely discharged, it is recharged before it is used again. At this process, the battery is said to be in cyclic use.

The battery's lifespan is determined by the number of charge/discharge cycles that the battery has gone through. The number of cycles in a battery varies from one battery to another, depending on the type of battery and the battery's design.

Therefore, a charge cycle or battery cycle is charging a rechargeable battery and completely discharging it. The process of discharging a battery completely before recharging is called deep discharge, while partially discharging a battery before recharging is called shallow discharge.

Generally, the number of cycles for a rechargeable battery shows the number of times it can undergo the process of complete charging and discharge until its death or loss of capacity. However, the batter does not die immediately after reaching its maximum cycle life.

The battery starts deteriorating after achieving maximum cycle life, and its capacity to be recharged fully reduces. At this point, you will find yourself recharging the battery more frequently than before. Repeated charging might weaken your battery due to repeated heat.

You can maintain the cycle life of your battery by fully recharging your battery before discharging it. The adverse effects of repeated charging can be eliminated by using the correct types of chargers. For this reason, it is always recommendable that you leave your phone to achieve full charge before using it.

Many people have this habit of plugging their phones into a charger for a few minutes then disconnecting it. You will be messing with the charge cycle of your battery negatively. I had this problem, but I realized that my phone battery was dying so quickly.

However, this does not mean the system counts half a charge/discharge as a full charge cycle. If you charge your battery to half capacity today, then discharge it, then tomorrow you repeat the same thing; the two half charge/discharges will be counted as one.

The problem with half charge/discharge is that you will be exposing your battery to frequent heat. We all know that a lot of heat can easily kill your battery. It is always good to be disciplined and do as recommended by experts.

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What is a good battery cycle count?

The number of battery cycles varies from battery to battery. Some batteries have a high cycle count, while others have a low cycle count. As said earlier, most phone batteries are lithium-ion batteries, and they have a specific range of values when it comes to cycle count.

Lithium batteries have a useful life of 400-500 charge cycles. In other phones, the cycle count can go up to 1000. A low cycle count is neither good nor bad because it has several advantages and disadvantages as well.

The battery cycle count also depends on how much you use your phone and the tasks that you perform with it. Battery experts and manufacturers say that after about 400 cycles, a phone battery's capacity starts degrading by about 20 percent.

Degradation by at least 20 percent means that the battery will only store 80 percent of the energy it did initially, and with time, it will continue degrading with additional charge cycles.

How do you check your iPhone battery cycle?

Checking the battery cycle count does not necessarily happen once you notice some changes to your battery. You can check it at any time and ensure that your battery will deliver peak performance, and you can dispel any doubts.

It is also food to check it once you notice some weaknesses because it might be aging without realizing it. Therefore, you should always be ready to check the battery cycle count, whether with a purpose or without any reason.

The steps to check the iPhone battery cycle are:

  • Launch the Settings App on your iPhone and navigate to the Privacy option.

  • On the privacy site, scroll down and choose Analytics and improvements,

  • After tapping analytics and improvements, move to analytics data on the upper side of the page.

  • You will get to a page with a list of several files arranged in alphabetical order. Scroll down, locate a file with the name 'log-aggregated' files, and tap on it. Select the most recent log.

  • Long press on the screen to get the IOS selection tool. Select all the text of this file. To achieve this, drag the tiny handle to the bottom to select the entire text and select Copy.

  • Then launch the Bites App on your iPhone and then head to the note to save the file. After doing that, long-press on the screen and choose paste.

  • Tap on the share/menu button to bring up the share sheet. Choose the Find in Note tap.

  • Next up, type batterycyclecount in the search bar. Don't leave any space between the words.

  • Check out the battery cycle count of your iPhone that is displayed below the text highlighted.


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