One of the big positives of laptops is that you can use them anywhere as they don’t need to be constantly plugged in. When you first buy the laptop, it will have a good battery life, but as the years go by that lifespan will get shorter. This can be due to a lack of PC maintenance or the type of environments the laptop is subject to (ie extreme heat and cold). Continue reading
Like most people your entire life and business is on your laptop computer. One day though you will need to replace it. Yet, some issues could be solved by replacing the laptop battery instead. Continue reading
Today we use our phones for everything – phone calls, text messages, emails, photos, browsing social media sites, watching videos, playing games and many other activities. Since our phones do so much, we are using them more and thus the battery isn’t lasting as long as we would like. In our busy lives, we are not always near a power outlet and even if we are we don’t always have a phone charger at hand. If our phones die, we risk missing out on important calls and notifications. So what things can we do to improve our battery’s life?
1. Check Apps’ Battery Usage
When it comes to battery usage, not all apps are created equal, with some using a lot more battery than others. For example, checking your email uses a small amount of power but any apps that use the GPS drain a significant amount of your phone’s battery – this is because they are constantly talking to the GPS satellites. Check to see which of your apps are draining your battery most and limit their usage.
2. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
When you are not connected to wifi or your wifi signal is weak, it is good to turn off both Wi-Fi and BlueTooth. They can drain a large amount of battery life searching for the Wi-Fi and/or BlueTooth signals.
3. Lower your Phones Brightness
One of the easiest ways to save battery life is to reduce how bright your phone’s screen is. The brighter your screen is, the more power it is using. Most automatically phones adjust the brightness levels based on how light your surroundings are but you can override this and turn the level down to save battery. The more you dim the screen, the longer your battery will last.
4. Go on Power Saving Mode
When setting your phone into Power Saving Mode, it stops it from automatically checking for new emails, powers off your display faster and reduces screen brightness. It also turns off other features and visual effects that use a lot of battery. On some phones, it may make your apps run a little slower.
5. Buy a Case With an Inbuilt Battery
Some people need to use power-draining features often and have a very phone-heavy lifestyle. If this is you, it may still be a struggle to keep your battery lasting throughout the day. If the other options are not sufficient, you can often buy a phone case with a built-in battery. This case can then charge your phone while using it and thus make it last longer throughout the day.
6. Buy a Spare Battery
If your phone has an easily removable battery then purchase a spare battery and keep it charged. Then when your battery is getting low you can easily swap the battery out and keep on using your phone.
Our phones are critical to our modern-day lives, but they can’t do anything for us if they are flat. Even more importantly, we want our phones available in case of an emergency. Luckily, using the above methods will help keep our batteries alive throughout the day. Just remember to charge them when you are back in the office or at home.
Batteries are rarely talked about – until they are nearly empty and then we will beg desperately for a charger, hoping to get enough juice to last through to the end of day. Batteries are a miracle of engineering that get taken for granted when full and cursed when they are flat.
If it feels like your battery is running out faster, you might be right. It’s not because of ‘battery memory’ and needing to be cycled (that’s an older battery type called Nickel–metal hydride or NiMh), it’s because the modern Lithim-ion (Li-Ion) batteries in phones and laptops just simply wear out over time.
Using some of these tips will help extend the life of your battery:
- Keep your battery at room temperature. Heat is the one factor that reduces a batteries life so try and keep the battery between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius (even when not is use). Check your vents are clear with good airflow, and if necessary, help it out with a cooling laptop stand.
- Charge whenever you can. Lithium-ion batteries don’t like all the time being charged all the way up and drained all the way down. Give them a little charge here and there, and they’ll be happy. Also don’t fully discharge a lithium-ion battery.
- Think about getting a higher capacity battery. Carrying a spare battery is good but batteries deteriorate over time whether they are used or not so a higher capacity battery may be more beneficial.
- Remove the battery when the laptop is plugged in all the time. If you use your laptop all day plugged into the power think about removing the battery and only connecting it when you need to use the battery.
- Charge batteries before extended storing: For extended storage charge the battery to around 40 – 50% before storing in a cool place.
- Use energy settings on your device. Think about lowering the brightness on your laptops, tablet or phone screen and use “hibernate” or “sleep” modes on laptops in order to use less battery power.
Yes your battery will wear out over time but you can help it keep its charge by following the above steps.