iPhone SE Are 61 charging cycles and 95% battery health really bad for iPhone SE?

Kraizelburg

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Hi all, I got my iPhone SE around February and already has 95% batt health with 61 charging cycles and I was wondering whether this is normal or batt degradation is really bad.

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Freakonomics101

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Definitely not normal. Although battery health focuses on the overall health of it vs max capacity remaining.
 

iRutherford

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Your iPhone's battery is expected to retain 80% of its charging capacity after 500 cycles. You should replace it by the time you reach it. In your case, 61 charging cycles is 12.2% of 500. I would say it's normal. My iPhone 8 Plus went down to 98% in just two months.
 
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Kraizelburg

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This iPhone SE was an offer of a big retail store back in Feb, coconut battery states manufactured date august 2018.

Is possible that degradation is higher at the beggining and then get somehow stable around 90% - 95%, maybe...?
 

archvile

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Your iPhone's battery is expected to retain 80% of its charging capacity after 500 cycles. You should replace it by the time you reach it. In your case, 61 charging cycles is 12.2% of 500. I would say it's normal. My iPhone 8 Plus went down to 98% in just two months.
My iPhone 8 stayed at 100% after using it every day for 365 days. So no, your experience nor OPs experience is normal.

And yes, I used used my phone every day. But I never let the battery drop below 50%, refused to install an app for everything (i.e. use Safari for as much stuff as possible), and turn off unnecessary CPU cycle/battery drains like background app refresh, et. al. Wi-Fi and BT always stayed on, Hey Siri always stayed on. The big trick was not to have unneeded apps installed. Things like package delivery apps, that are constantly refreshing in the background, instead of just going to the provider's website to check. Social media apps (sans messaging) all work on Safari just fine. No, you don't need a freaking Pizza Hut app on your phone, doing God knows what and draining battery. I see so many screenshots of homescreens with battery percentages in the 10% and below range. Like, yeah you're going to have excessive battery deterioration because you're inducing more cycles into the battery lifetime.

THIS IS WHY Apple added the battery optimization feature into iOS 13!! It's not hard, but there are things you can do to make a battery last like it should. Constantly playing games and dragging the battery down to 5% every day is going to cause expedited battery problems.
 

Kraizelburg

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Well, I dont have any games in my phone, only productivity apps like google calendar, one note,youtube, banking apps, and some news apps too.
I also guess the smaller the battery is the faster degrades and as far as I know iPhone SE has the smallest battery in the current line.
 

lordofthereef

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At 61 charge cycles that means you're using about 120% of the battery daily, on average. Do you find yourself charging mid day and tehbcmastly using it more?

There's no real way for anoersonxto tell you what's normal because it depends on your usage. Ficebyears ago I'd have agreed that my usage matches that. These days I get about one charge cycles incevery 2-3 days. My launch day X is at 93%. It would be in the low 80s if it was in my peak usage years.
 

Kraizelburg

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I usually plug my SE in every 1'5 days sometimes every day, it depends on how many calls, 4G coverage, etc.