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Tips For A Longer Lasting Battery

Five Tips To Prolong Your Mobile Phone’s Battery Life

Aggggghhhhhh! Why does it always happen? Just when you most need to speak to someone, to Tweet something, to take a perfect picture and upload it to Instagram, to reply to that urgent email…..just when it really, really matters, your phone dies.

It is, perhaps, the most frustrating thing about owning a mobile phone. Things are constantly improving – 40 years ago the mobile phone came into existence and back then it took 10 hours to charge with 35 minutes of talk time! New battery technology can offer 30 times more power and charges 1,000 times faster – not yet available for your smart phone, but we’re heading in the right direction.

In the meantime, what can you to help your mobile phone battery last a little longer?


1 Dim Wit: If you ever reach over in the middle of the night to check your phone you’ll realise quite how bright the screen is. Shining brightly will sap your battery life, but by adjusting the display you could get an extra couple of hours out of your smartphone.

2 Get Lost: The GPS will really quickly drain your battery’s life – of course there are times when you need it, but there are a whole heap of apps that will ask to use your location (and you should be suspicious of why some ask – for example, a screen saver? Does that really need to know where you are?) – if in doubt, turn them off!

3 Wi-Don’t: Yes you may need Wi-Fi on but you probably don’t all the time – as long as your phone lets you, turn it off when you don’t need it.

4 Apptastic: All this turning it off and switching it back on again (power cycling as we like to call it) - you just don’t need this as well as everything else that you have to remember. Well of course there is an App for that – several actually, whether it be Android or Apple (other smart phones are also available….)

5 Show Some Respect: We’ve mentioned battery care in laptops, and the same principles apply to phone batteries. You need to “condition” a new battery, you need to allow it to fully charge and discharge rather than constantly “topping up”, and you should never, ever, let it sunbathe ( +25 Celsius is bad!).

There are other things you can do, but ultimately, even if you do everything to save power, it may still run out of juice when you most need it. In that case, you need one of these….

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