What’s Your Percentage?

What is the battery percentage on your phone that makes you feel antsy and gets you to start looking for a charger?

I’m anxious and have a low tolerance for frustration, so I start feeling nervous when the battery gets to 69%.


18 thoughts on “What’s Your Percentage?”

  1. My laptop battery is shot — it’s four years old and in need of replacement — so I usually plug it in when it gets under 20%. My phone regularly dies on me, but I try to get to a charger when it gets around 5%.


  2. I get a little nervous when my phone is in 70-ish. Anything under 50% and I strictly limit what I do so that I don’t run out of power.


  3. I use my cell phone so infrequently that the battery hasn’t dropped below 75% in THREE YEARS!

    (My landline works just fine, and with it I don’t get charged each time I make or receive a call.)


  4. I have backup cables everywhere (by my bed, in the office hooked to my monitor through USB, in the car). I keep the phone constantly plugged in when I’m in the office or driving long distance. I also start to freak out when the battery is at 70%. The thought of my phone running out of juice terrifies me.


  5. I’m not very emotionally invested in my phone and more than once I’ve picked it up to find I can’t turn it on (I guess it’s time to recharge!)

    The biggest usage is on the streetcar to and from work and/or while waiting to see someone (like the doctor’s office). Even then I just use it to keep up with news blogs and news sites.

    For me the test is how low does it have to be for me to take the cable with me when I go to work, and….. that’s about 20%. But I have headed out for the day with it in the teens “16 percent? meh, I don’t want to mess with the charger at school, it’ll get through the day”


  6. My phone does not tell me a percentage of remaining power…just zero, one, two, three, or four bars of battery power. I suppose there correspond to 25, 50, etc percent. At zero bars, I can still send a text or two, but failure is imminent. I generally recharge at one bar, but it depends on where I am. If I am at home, I let it drop to zero. If I am going to be out all day, and using my phone a lot, I I will recharge at two bars. I use my phone for phone calls, texts, and an occasional photograph. I do not use it for internet access, since according to Verizon, that would cost $1.95 per megabyte.


    1. “that would cost $1.95 per megabyte”

      That is exploitatively expensive. $2 per MB is $2000 per GB. Regular data plans are something like $30-$50 per GB, if not cheaper.


      1. The rates that are charged by cell phone and data providers (in the US) have very little to do with the actual costs associated with maintaining the accounts or equipment.


  7. I happily use my cell phone until it gets to the single digits. And, partly because I take the bus to work (so I need a distraction) and partly because my cell phone’s battery drains quite quickly (I need a new one), I lose power just about daily. I basically use my cell phone until it goes dark and then charge it when I can.

    I don’t know how healthy it is. My cheerful willingness to drain my cell phone sort of mirror my attitude towards money. I always have money (like I always have a phone) but saving? Not my forte. Haha.


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