How To Maximize Your Gadget’s Battery
Life – Top 11Ways
ith the heatwave that is hitting the country to determine the most efficient screen brightness
this month, electrical grids are pushed to during the day. Additionally, after using it, click the
the maximum. As such, brown outs are lock button to put it to sleep manually. This will save
common. But when you have no electricity at all, a we bit as the phone isn’t waiting for the autolock
how can you guarantee that your smart phone or to engage.
tablet’s battery will go the distance? Here’s a few
tips on how to squeeze every last minute out of your 4. Turn on WiFi and 3G/4G Data
If you’re going to be out all day, you really don’t need
1. Get a backup the phone’s WiFi radio searching for a signal. Doing
so bleeds out battery power. So why not turn it off
Having a backup battery is often a great way to ex- until you really need it? And turning off 3G/4G data
tend the life of your gadget. For some, like owners in favor of a slower EDGE just to get you through
of the HTC Thunderbolt or Sprint Echo, having an the time won’t hurt either.
extended battery is a way of life just to get through
the day. But backups, whether a dedicated battery 5. Avoid extreme temperatures with your
that you install, or one that is built into a protective phone
case, like the Mophie Juice Pack Air can be a god-
send when you need extra time before hitting the Extreme cold or heat will drain your battery faster
plugs to recharge. than a vampire during Spring Break in Miami. The
ideal temperature of your gadget is 72℉, 22℉. So keep
2. Engage your autolock feature it out of direct sunlight in the summer, and in your
pocket during the winter.
This has a two-fold benefit. First, it will put your
phone’s display to sleep after a set time (mine’s a 6. Turn off your push feature
minute), and two, it can also be set with a password
so that if someone steals your phone or you lose it, Rather than have data pushed to your phone all day,
after ten tries, the phone erases all data. set the phone to search for emails, status updates,
and text messages at intervals. This will save power
3. Adjust your display settings – and data cap space – as your phone isn’t always
searching for data that isn’t there.
I like a bright screen and as such, I usually turn off
the auto-brightness feature of my iPhone and adjust
it myself. That way, I can determine how much I need
at any given time. It also allowed me to turn it way
down to save battery power during my recent power
outage. Having the auto-brightness setting enabled
can also help in that it uses the proximity sensor
How To Maximize Your Gadget’s Battery Life – Top 11Ways
10. Use your laptop to charge it
When our power was out last night and the battery
started to die, I remembered that my laptopbattery
was completely fresh. So I hooked up my phone and
topped it off using the laptop’s power through USB.
And it only used up about 25% topping off both my
phone and the backup battery (of which I have two).
11. Finally, limit the playtime
In situations where you don’t know when you’ll be
able to recharge your battery, it’s probably best to
prioritize your use of your gadget for the most im-
portant things like making phone calls, etc. Watching
YouTube Videos or playing Angry Birds nonstop
will leave you in the dark after only a few hours. So
remember what’s important. You can do without
playtime for a day to make sure people can keep
7. Turn off Bluetooth
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If you aren’t driving around and looking silly with
a stubby headset sticking out of your hear, make
sure your bluetooth capability is disabled.
8. Put the display to sleep while on a call. If you’re
using your earbuds to talk, the phone will stay on
until the autolock engages. So why not just put it
to sleep manually? Also, limit any additional mul-
titasking while on the phone. If you’re talking the
old fashioned way, the phone’s proximitysensor will
dim the screen while you’ve got it against your ear.
So you’re good to go there.
9. Turn off additional apps completely
Most apps get left on when you leave them, and
deactivating them completely will prevent them
from using CPU power while inactive. This also gives
you the benefit of having a faster phone when you