Schedule Recipe: Smart Charging to Extend Battery Life

From toothbrushes and smart phones to laptops and vacuums, the number of household devices and appliances that require charging has grown substantially in the last several years. Even though many of these devices only require a few hours to get a full charge, we often leave them plugged in all night or until we need them. Not only does this waste electricity but it can also reduce the lifespan of the batteries. Apple and Android both stress that charging your devices when the battery is at 100% can shorten the battery life.

To avoid this, one solution is to unplug your device or appliance when it has finished charging but unfortunately that isn’t always easy to keep track of. An easier option is to go with Swidget’s smart solution and plug your devices into a 15A or 20A Swidget Outlet and set a schedule to turn off when the appropriate time has passed. This ensures that you are not wasting electricity or reducing the lifespan of your devices, saving you money in the long run.

Follow the Swidget Smart Recipe below to set your battery powered device on a schedule.


This recipe allows you to preserve the battery health of your charging devices by setting a schedule for your Controlled Outlet. This particular schedule turns OFF the Controlled Outlet and the appliances plugged into it at 2:00am and turns it back ON at 6:00am. The schedule is always enabled but you can adjust the times and specific days to whatever you would like.


Please note that due to varying electrical code regulations, Swidget cannot give device wiring/installation advice. Please refer to the instructions that came with your product or consult a certified electrician if you need help.


Device: Choose one
15A Outlet 20A Outlet Switch Dimmer Auxiliary Control Switch 20/40/60 Switch
Insert: Choose one
Control USB Guide Light Power Out Light Motion Temp/Humi Temp/Humi/ Motion Air Quality
Wi-Fi Z-Wave Zigbee

Skill Level


Time Required

5 minutes


1. First make sure that you have downloaded the Swidget App from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store, and that you have installed one of the Swidget Outlets and paired one of the applicable Inserts from the table above.

2. From the main menu, select the Automations Icon

3. Click Create Automation or the + sign.

4. On the Automations page, click Schedule and give your Schedule a name.

5. Click the + sign beside Select Start Action, choose the Controlled Outlet ( ControlledOutletIcon ) you want to control, and select Turn OFF for the Action. 

6. Click the + sign beside Time and enter 2:00am. Click Continue.

7. Click the + sign beside Add End Action, choose Turn ON, and enter 6:00am for the Time.

8. Click Save Schedule to have the Schedule work all the time, or Add Start/End Times and/or specific days that you want it to operate.

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